Best Personal Finance Writing – Week 29

As I write this we are about to head to my parents’ house to go swimming. As I finished typing that sentence, my wife informed me that our 7 year old has a mild fever. She’s been coughing a bit for a few days; summer sicknesses are hard to understand. Well, she volunteered that she wanted to stay home, which is something she would never say, so she must be sick.


Swimming is about the only thing you can do when it gets this hot, which is a shame. This is the second summer in a row ruined by extreme heat. When it’s this hot, you can’t take your kids out and ride bikes or kick balls.

Some good news: I finished my 2-week assignment at work. I go back to my other office for 2 days before going on vacation for two weeks.

I want to thank everyone who continued to visit and leave comments during the last two weeks. As I mentioned, I’ve not been able to be as active and reciprocal with the love, so I really appreciate it.

As I finish this short post, we’ve already decided to postpone swimming until tomorrow, to see if she’s better. That’s life with kids.


  • Canadian Budget Binder has a great analysis of Mr or Mrs Moneybags, people who act like they are wealthy when they aren’t.
  • I Heart Budgets has a rumination on credit cards. Like many, Jacob tried to do the cash thing, but realized he was leaving money on the table. Now he realizes he’s spending more because of the cards. What to do?
  • Fearless Men talks about optimism and pessimism, and how we view the world affects our lives. I can attest to the positive benefits of actively trying to erase negative thoughts and focus on the positive.
  • Michelle at See Debt Run talks about a crazy party with breakdancing and wine, that culminates in….a book club invitation. When we hit 30, we just party differently.
  • My Money Design has some money lessons from the Jack Nicholson movie About Schmidt. I really like posts like these that tie personal finance to media.


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  1. Hey John!
    This summer has been so hot I’ve never wanted a sprinkler or a pool so bad. I understand what you mean when you say it’s hard to get out and do stuff with the extreme heat and humidity. Every day I go running there are days I just want to pack it in. Thanks for the mention mate… enjoy your day.. and keep cool. Mr.CBB
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  2. Hey John, sorry to hear about your kid. Will pray she heals up quickly. Thanks for the mention and look forward to reading your next posts. Have a good weekend!
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  3. Thanks for including my post, John! And hey….I tried to get the other adults to dance. They’re just lame-o. ;)
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  4. These were some of my favorites of the week too-especially Michelle’s crazy party!
    Lauren @ LBee and the Money Tree recently posted..The Magic of Compounding Interest on Student LoansMy Profile

  5. I have become a fan of your weekend roundup. A easy way to catch up better posts. Thanks for making all the efforts.
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  6. Thanks John! I hope your daughter is feeling better!
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  7. Hey John Thanks for sharing all these awesome link ups. I’m finding so many great new blogs the past few days, and I’m so happy when y’all do weekly roundups so I can find more! Hope you have a great weekend.
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  8. Hey John

    Loving these link ups and especially Michelle’s crazy party. :)

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