I can’t believe that September is coming to a close this weekend and that we’re staring down October. Why is it that the older we get, the faster time goes by? I don’t know, but I’d love to find an extra hour in the day somewhere. It’s starting to look more like fall with the dropping temps in our area, which I have no problem with. Anyone catch any of the new shows on this Fall? I have taken a liking to Revolution, and am interested to see where J.J. Abrams takes it.
Ok, Enough of my ramblings, and on to some of my favorite blog posts of the week.
Thinking Outside The Box: Increasing Worker Compensation On MoneySmartGuides
Don discusses increasing compensation for workers and how the consumer drives the economy. I really enjoyed this post.
When Credit Cards Can Get You OUT of Debt On Savvy Scot
Scot discusses the benefits of credit cards and using the interest free period offered by some. When used wisely, credit cards can be a great tool.
Life Insurance Has Lasting Effects Well After We’re Gone On One Smart Dollar
Sean talks about the importance of life insurance and how it can provide for a family after the death of a loved one. As someone who has worked in that industry, I can vouch for the importance of life insurance.
Why I Live in a Bad Neighborhood On When Life Gives You Lemons
Daisy discusses the reasons why she lives in a bad neighborhood. She brings up a very valid point of the convenience of her location and the money savings it provides her.
Does LASIK Surgery Make Financial Sense? On Eyes On the Dollar
Kim talks about who are the best candidates to get Lasik surgery, and just as important if it makes financial sense. For one who has been considering taking the leap for some time, the post was helpful.
Don’t Neglect what is Truly Important in Life On Frugal Habits
Jason discusses the importance of not taking the ones we love for granted. As a husband and father I truly appreciated his thoughts.
How Much Should I Spend on Rent? On Pelican on Money
Veronica discusses how much you should be spending on your rent/mortgage. It can vary for each person/situation. The best guide is your budget and what it tells you can help dictate what you can afford.
Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage On The Outlier Model
Brian talks about the benefits of getting pre-approved for a mortgage. It can really help as you determine the mortgage amount your budget can withstand. Remember to check your credit beforehand and visit multiple providers to get the best rate.
No Job is Safe On Young Adult Money
DC discusses how that when you’re an employee that your job is not truly safe. We’re at the whims of employers who might for one reason or another decide they need to go in another direction.
Straight Talk About Fees and Penalties on Mutual Funds On Canadian Budget Binder
Mr. CBB talks about fees that can come with investing in mutual funds and the difference between working with a fee only advisor and a commission based advisor.
The Real Cost of Running a Blog Business On Modest Money
Jeremy has Zac Johnson do a guest post on the real costs of running a blog business, which had some great tips. It really does not take a lot of up-front money to start a blog. Your biggest cost might be the purchase of a theme if you go through WordPress, which is usually in the $40-$50 range.
Does Buying Your Kids Secondhand Clothes Make You a Bad Parent? On My Canuck Buck
They discuss the issue of buying clothes for children. Children grow out of clothes so quickly, especially when younger, that you can save a significant amount of money by buying clothes secondhand. As a father of three, I know this to be very true.
Keeping up with the Joneses on the iPhone On Monster Piggy Bank
Glen discusses the hype of the iPhone 5 and the specs behind it. He presents a nicely stated argument of wants vs. needs. Determining between the two is key to making wise financial decisions.
The Great Gift Cards Debate On L Bee and the Money Tree
Lauren shares a doozy of a story in which she gave a gift card as a wedding gift to a friend. The friend was not very pleased with the gift and said as much. What say you on gift cards as a gift? I say go for it.
Why Being Out of Style is Cool On Club Thrifty
Holly talks about her hatred of the mall and how the desire to stay “fashionable” can be an expensive trait. In the end, trying to be cool is a never ending game that can result in you spending too much of your hard earned money.
Mentions and Carnivals
Thanks so much to everyone who shared my posts over the last week. I do truly appreciate you taking the time to pass on my musings. If I left anyone off, please let me know and I’ll make sure to put you at the top of the list next week.
Festival of Frugality #355: The What, We Worry? Edition on Dewey’s Treehouse
The Sunday Review – Top Posts of the Week On Savvy Scot
Personal Finance Week in Review for September 23 On One Smart Dollar
Saturday Links & Blogs I Love: Fall Edition On When Life Gives You Lemons
Updates September 16 – 22 On The Outlier Model
Quick Hits and Weekend Reading On Young Adult Money
Mr. CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks Sept 21, 2012 On Canadian Budget Binder
Friday Night Lights – Roundup On Pelican on Money
September 2012 Favorite Posts On Your Personal Finance Pro
Carnivals, Mentions, & Weekend Reading #30 On Work Save Live
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