Happy Halloween weekend! I hope everyone gets some wonderful weather for their little ghosts and goblins!
Fall is winding down and I am afraid we will be inundated with Christmas music soon. I love the holidays, but I don’t want the fanfare to start too soon. When I was a kid, I loved going to the mall shortly after Thanksgiving to look at all the new displays. Now some stores already have their displays up. Nobody wants to be last to lose out on all the Christmas revenue!
Well, it is time for you to grab a nice warm beverage, and read some nice articles. Here are some of my favorites from the past week:
Biz of Life shares his own experience with unemployment after a lengthy career with a company. Unfortunately, his tale is becoming more and more common. Loyalty does not always pay off!
Bucksome Boomer writes about how California is providing incentives in order to get people to sign up for food stamps. California is obviously hoping the money multiplier effect pays off here. Read through the comments too, as many are very interesting.
Budgeting in the Fun Stuff has a great post about preparing for a zombie invasion. (The tips apply to any emergency, in case you are not afraid of zombies…)
Faithful with a Few wrote a post about an alternate way to peel a banana, with the suggestion that people consider new ways to do things instead of sticking with the status-quo.
Financial Samurai tells about his poker nights with some pretty impressive guys. The discussion leads to the question of what you would do- make a good sum of money without working many hours, or make minimum wage at a startup and work many hours, with the possibility of making a LOT of money.
First Gen American shares the process/tradition of picking currants and making jelly with Babci and anyone else that is willing to help out. (I wish I lived close enough to be part of the tradition!) You can also sign up for a giveaway, with currant jelly as the grand prize! Also, a special thank you goes out to Sandy for organizing the Monkey theme from this past week. I had a great time writing my post!
Invest It Wisely shares a way you can both donate money to a good cause and spur a debate between a Keynesian and an Austrian. (Well, not an Austrian in terms of some guy that lives in Austria. The debate would be between Keynesian Paul Krugman, and follower of Austrian economics, Robert Murphy. Not exactly household names I am sure, but it is something many economists would like to see.)
Len Penzo shares the estimates he received from three different plumbers, and provides tips for finding the perfect plumber. This is a perfect example of why it is important to get multiple estimates.
Money Reasons shares a nice, frugal experience he had with his son watching shooting stars. Going out in the backyard and looking for shooting stars is one of my favorite activities. My kids are so much better at spotting them than I am. For those of you in the US, keep an eye open on the night of November 17th, when the Leonid meteor shower is at its peak.
Personal Finance By the Book is trying to decide whether he should repair or replace his Cadillac. Read the article and share your thoughts!
Squirrelers shares the story of a husband and wife who are both employed. Husband has the opportunity to work overseas and take the family with him. Should they stay or should they go? I personally disagreed with the decision, but there is a lot to read in the post and the comments.
The Kitchen Sink discusses different types of financial men and dating them. I found out that I was a female version of The Poorhouse when I started dating my husband.
Ultimate Money Blog shares tips on cleaning stainless steal appliances. There is some great info hear since stainless steel can be tough to clean and there are a lot of cleaners you cannot use on it.
Watson Inc asks what type of Millionaire you would be- one that would buy a Toyota or one that would buy a Mercedes. Me? I wouldn’t buy either one. I would buy a nice American car. I know my husband would run to the dealership and buy a Camaro.
Wealth Artisan is waging a war against the word splurge and all that it implies. Will you join in this war? Or, go splurge just to spite him?
Wealth Informatics shares some fantastic financial investment tips that were picked up at a Financial Planning Seminar in LA. I wish everyone would read and follow the suggestions in this post! (Not just the millions of people that read this blog.)
Have a wonderful Halloween weekend everyone. Try to suppress the urge to ‘TP’ your best friend’s house…