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December 18, 2010 · 267 comments

in Link Round Up

Well, as you know if you have been reading this site over the last week, we got some snow. One thing I learned:  Snow can stop the postal service from delivering mail. (So far, rain nor sleet has stopped them in my area.) I don’t blame them though, the roads were a disaster. My postal carrier drives a little truck and puts mail in the mailboxes by the curb, so without the roads being plowed, I imagine it would have been very difficult to deliver the mail. Fortuantely, we only missed the mail for one day.

How are all of you doing today?

I got out and did some shopping today and had a fantastic time. I love the feeling of saving money, even if it is ‘fake’ savings (if they inflate the original price to cover the coupons/sales). Although, am I really saving money when I am spending money? Hmmm…

Anyway, here are some posts from around the internet world that you may enjoy:

101 Centavos compares the writing of Personal Finance bloggers vs. that of the general media in terms of depth of coverage of the topics. I agree that PF bloggers appear more passionate about their ideas, but I may be biased. What do you think?

Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink shares what ‘Christmas’ was like growing up in Russia. I feel so lucky to have been born in America when I read posts like this. I wonder if Lenin would have outlawed Festivus? (Seinfeld reference…)

Biz of Life shares some very interesting information regarding earmarks. Looks like some ‘promises’ are not being followed through on.

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff talks about how life would be if ‘the worst thing happened’. Very interesting post and discussion that follows. I know it made me think. Also, feel free to check out my guest post over at BFS on Zip Lining (you gotta try it…).

Do Not Wait gives some great career advice, along with some ideas for alternative revenue streams. (Also, he is right, you definitely can’t count on a pension!)

Financial Samurai shares one of the best snippets from television ever. It is a clip from the Cosby show, where Mr. Huxtable is trying to explain how much money you need to live on to Theo. I have always appreciated this clip as it really describes how people can sometimes have ‘unrealistic’ plans. You just can’t miss the lesson as it is written so well.

First Gen American has a quiz you can take to find out how frugal you are. (I was a split between As and Bs,  not sure what that says about me!)

Grumpy Rumblings of the Untenured ask what kind of Christmas tree people have. Mine is artificial. No water, no risk of fire (well, unless the lights are strung all crazy), and no allergies!

Invest It Wisely teaches us 5 ways to use credit cards responsibly, along with the benefits they provide. (Besides convenience, obviously.)

Little House In the Valley is getting back on her bike and trying to ditch the use of her car as much as possible. I think the process she went through of starting something, and then stopping, is something we have all gone through. It is great that she is learning from her experience.

Molly On Money shares her trials and tribulations with homemade shampoo. I would love to find a great homemade shampoo recipe that was free of all the sulfates and fragrances. I also am desperate to find an unscented hairspray, as I cannot find unscented Pantene anywhere anymore.

Money Reasons gives us all a new perspective when sharing his Grandmother’s experiences with Christmas during the Depression. This is something that teens need to read for sure!

MoneyCone shares an example of stock market overreaction when Visa and Mastercard stocks take a dive because of the Frank-Dodd Bill Proposal, which really shouldn’t affect the credit card companies at all.

My Journey To Millions explains why he chose a 529 plan from New York. Also, congratulations to Evan on the new baby.

Retire By Forty shares how much it costs him to use renewable energy. I wish some of our electricity could be supplied from wind power.

Saving Money Today gives some great advice on what to do if you hate your job. (My own personal tip: Don’t make all your coworkers hate their job too just because you hate yours.)

Single Mom, Rich Mom has a motor home and is ready to hit the road. But will second thoughts stop her? Visit her site and voice your opinions.

Squirrelers shares some memories from Christmas past and Christmas present in this post. I love posts like these, as they bring up some long-lost memories of my own.

Watson, Inc shares how successful celebrity clothing and other product lines are. I had no idea. I figured nobody was drawn to something ‘made’ by Jessica Simpson, but I was wrong.

Wealth Artisan gives some great advice on how to remain employed. (And if you don’t value your current job enough to be a good employee, then you better make some contingency plans.)

Wealth Informatics provides a very comprehensive list of restaurants and the promotions they are offering. I really need to take advantage of some of these offers as there are certain restaurants I go to quite a bit.

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Moneycone December 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I really hope USPS doesn’t cut Saturday service! They used to deliver on Sundays too, but had to cutback under pressure from the Church! True story!

Thanks for the mention!


Nicole December 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Thanks for linking to us! Also enjoyed the financial Samurai choice… though I don’t know any “regular people” who are happy working minimum wage jobs. Those minimum wage jobs can (and do) break so many laws when treating their employees unfairly and there’s nothing that the employees can do about it.


Squirrelers December 18, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Thanks for including my post! Have a great rest of the weekend.


Little House December 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Snow! I haven’t seen it in a while. Is it that white stuff? 😉 Thanks for including my link this week. Hopefully your post man will be back to delivering mail this week!


Invest It Wisely December 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Lots of snow over here, too. Thanks for the mention! 🙂


Revanche December 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I “lived” in snow for about a week while overseas and that was definitely a first for me. I’m not sure if they got their mail but we had to be ferried around by the one person who owned a Land Rover to get in and out of the town safely so I suspect that was a no.


Andrew @ 101 Centavos December 19, 2010 at 9:03 am

Thanks for the mention and the blurb. Looks like we’re not getting any snow this year for Christmas…. mixed blessings.


Molly On Money December 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

Thanks for the shout out! I hopped over the ‘Little House In the Valley’-I had never heard of her before! She’s great!


First Gen American December 19, 2010 at 11:14 am

Festivus is for the rest of us.

It’s been frigid here but I really would like a little more snow so we can go out sledding or snowshoeing or something.


Suba @ Wealth Informatics December 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Thanks for the shout out! Hope you are having a great weekend and you will get all you mail on time. Its been raining continuously here. For that itself people are driving very slowly, if it starts snowing, everything will shut down I guess.


Jacq @ Single Mom Rich Mom December 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Thanks for the encouragement – and the link!

I love snow and snow days – IF I don’t have to drive in it!


Aloysa December 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I wish we’d have snow. Instead we got rain. 🙁 Lenin would outlaw everything! LOL Thank you for including me.


Roshawn @ Watson Inc December 20, 2010 at 7:59 am

Hello Kris,

Since I’m further south than you, I’ve been having much milder weather and hence no interruption in postal service. Cheers to you for being so compassionate to your postal worker. Also, thanks for linking to my round up: I find this topic intriguing but always am concerned about “over doing it”.



The Grouch December 20, 2010 at 8:10 am

Thanks for the mention.


Crystal @ BFS December 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Thanks for the mention here and the awesome guest post!


Get Happy Life December 21, 2010 at 3:45 am

Nice roundup


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