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Waiting For The Snow? Get The Coffee and A Pastry, And Enjoy Some Great Posts!

December 11, 2010 · 17 comments

in Link Round Up

OK, I just came up with a new pet peeve to share:  Why is it when you are expecting bad weather, the weather people can’t just TELL you what is going to happen?  They have to spend the first 3 weather ‘updates’ baiting you about the horrifying weather that is expected, and then on the fourth update, they actually ‘reveal’ what is expected?  When did this phenomenon happen?

Now that I have vented, I have a clear mind and can share some posts I enjoyed this past week.  I read so many great things that I am sure I am leaving some out.  My apologies to all the unincluded out there.

101 Centavos shares a recipe for Beer Bread.  What makes his recipes so great is not only the final product, but his instructions on how to prepare this treat.

Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink has a ‘guest’ post from her husband, “Beaker”. He shares a time in his life when he was very ‘down and out’. Just goes to show you never know what will turn your life around.

Barb Friedberg Personal Finance tells of how someone makes great money part time, and earns fifty percent commission on the products. Barb also provides some other ways to bring in an extra income.

Beating the Index shares how his plan is working out to cover his HELOC payment with dividend earnings. Very impressive, I must say!

Biz of Life has been keeping an eye on the UN COP 16 conference this week, which I personally have enjoyed. Also, scroll up and read one of his more recent posts which features Dilbert. Are you a Frienditute?

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff asks what survival skills you have. It was interesting because I never thought about what special survival abilities I may possess. I fear I may not last long out there in the wilderness unfortunately, unless evil-doers run away when they hear sarcasm.

Do Not Wait discusses how YOU can affect the economy. Is there a way that you can improve your own financial situation based on the current economic climate?

Faithful With A Few reveals how a city in NJ is using cameras to catch people running red lights, and issuing tickets. It is a great revenue generator, that is for sure. Maybe I could buy one for myself?

Financial Samurai discusses the latest tax cut/unemployment deals going on. Will we become socialists soon? Or, will extending unemployment be just what the doctor ordered and heal our economy?

First Gen American shares some of Babci’s rules for personal finance. I personally think Babci should write a book and do appearances on Oprah and such. I promise you will save a ton of cash if you follow her rules.

Grumpy Rumblings of the Untenured discusses the expenses of owning a home, and her own personal pitfalls with home-ownership. (She had quite a string of bad luck I must say!)

Invest it Wisely writes a review of the book “The Skinny on Creativity”. I used to think that you either had creativity or you didn’t. However, as I have gotten older, I have actually seen myself become a little more creative, and I don’t just view myself as ‘logical’. Or, maybe I am just losing my logic? That is possible too.

Len Penzo discusses 6 ‘fake’ ways to save money. See how many of them you fall for! One thing I never fall for is buying the daily special at a restaurant. I just cannot listen to the long explanation of how something is prepared, blah blah blah. Plus, I always figure that if it is being pushed on me, then it is benefiting them. Put something in small writing and off to the side, then I might consider it.

Money Reasons shares what makes him happy. I love these types of posts- who doesn’t love to be reminded of what brings happiness? What would make me happy is a snow day on Monday!

Moneycone evaluates if the bailouts were really necessary or not. What do you think? Are we better off after the bailouts?

Retire By 40 discusses rebalancing his portfolio. It made me realize that this is something I need to really spend some time on, and soon. I am not getting younger (surprisingly), so I need to really evaluate my risk level.

Saving Money Today writes about the death of Page Rank. Goodbye Page Rank- I never really knew thee…

Single Mom, Rich Mom shares her big envelope budgeting system. I always enjoy budgeting posts because it budgeting is so individualized- everyone has a different spin on how they allocate their money.

Spruce of Your Finances shares the ‘pros’ of moving closer to work for his family. Since I live where I work, I guess I don’t have such concerns. However, if sitting in traffic takes up a lot of your time, it may be something to consider.

Squirrelers tells of how a waiter was a ‘Squirreler Gone Wild’ by issuing compliments in hopes of getting a good tip. (Or is suspected of doing so.) Personally, I had no problem with the waiter handing out a compliment. Made the customer happy, and that happiness ended up being expressed in the form of a greater tip. Good deal for all!

Sustainable Life Blog shares how NOT to gain weight over the holiday. I think Jeff must have been lurking around my house over Thanksgiving because several of these suggestions could be based off of our eating habits that weekend. (Especially the part about M&Ms!)

Watson, Inc shares his own plan for reducing unemployment, and I wholly agree with him. However, I think it may be too long-term for our politicians to consider because they just want quick wins so they can get reelected! (I personally think this country throws way too much money at problems instead of actually trying to get to the root cause and fix the real issues.)

Yes I Am Cheap! has 30 days of savings opportunities for the holidays, with a new item mentioned each day. Instead of pointing to any one post, I am sending you over to the website because you will want to scroll through them all to maximize your savings.

If you do live in an area getting some bad weather this weekend, please drive safe and take your time!

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Nicole December 11, 2010 at 9:28 am

Thanks for including us! Your house post from this week is linked up on our blog too. :)

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Invest It Wisely December 11, 2010 at 9:58 am

Thanks for mentioning the book review! You’re probably not losing your logic, but we do change as we get older. Our brain is constantly recycling old connections and making new ones, and even the cells themselves are changing.

P.S. There’s loooots of snow over here. ;)
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Moneycone December 11, 2010 at 10:19 am

Kris, thanks for the link love!
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retirebyforty December 11, 2010 at 11:31 am

Thanks for including my link! No snow here, just the usual rain in Portland OR.
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Aloysa December 11, 2010 at 12:48 pm

We had rain all day yesterday! I’d rather have snow. Thank you for including Beaker’s post! He and I appreciate it a lot. :-)
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First Gen American December 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm

Babci lacks the polish (the adjective not the ethnicity) to be on Oprah but I’m glad you think she’s so brilliant.

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Little House December 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm

It’s funny you mention the weather people building up the ominous weather. Here in Sunny CA, whenever there is the possibility of rain, it’s as if the heavens are going to open up and swallow us whole. For days the most important news is rain is coming! Of course, right now I’m enjoying 80 degree weather, so I can’t complain. ;)
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Money Reasons December 11, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Wow, that a great list, and all that I enjoy reading (or writing in the case of Moneyreasons.com) (lol)!!!

Thanks for the mention!

Have a spectacular weekend!!!
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Andrew @ 101 Centavos December 11, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Hello Kris, thanks for the link…. We have a couple of local weathermen who visibly shiver with excitement when severe weather is coming. Must be the way they’re wired.
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Ken @Spruce Up Your Finances December 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Hi Kris, thank you for mentioning my post. Great list and I’ve enjoyed some of the post you mention as well.
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Crystal @ BFS December 11, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Hahaha, I can’t believe I didn’t list sarcasm as one of my survival skills, lol. Thanks for the love and thanks for being a great friend.
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BeatingTheIndex December 12, 2010 at 8:48 am

Thanks for the mention! Our weathermen up in Montreal got off by 1000% last week as they predicted 2-3cm of snow and we ended up getting 25-30cm!
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Roshawn @ Watson Inc December 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Thanks for including my post on taxes. I definitely empathize with your inclement weather issues/weatherpersons. I don’t get annoyed anymore because I refuse to watch them.
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Squirrelers December 14, 2010 at 1:36 am

Thanks for including my post!
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The Grouch December 14, 2010 at 8:49 am

Thanks for the mention.
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Khaleef @ KNS Financial December 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Hey Kris, thanks for including me! I’m sure that all of us can use a red light camera or two to help boost our finances! Maybe even a toll booth ;-)
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