Archive for August 18, 2012

Best Personal Finance Writing – Week 33

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In case you didn’t notice, the BPFW series has been on hiatus for about a month, due to our vacation and my inability to transition from vacation back into “real life.”

That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a ton of great writing in the last month (there has).

Today we are going to a surprise party for one of my best friends, a defense contractor who just returned from 4 months in Afghanistan. It will be nice to see him, safe and sound.

I still haven’t got the whole picture of what exactly debt freedom will mean to our bank account, as this first month still requires a payoff of some of our vacation spending that was put on our foreign-transaction-fee-free Chase Sapphire Preferred Card. Plus we had to pay half of our daughter’s school tuition.

For most of us, this is back to school time, which means more expenses. With my wife being a teacher, this is an important time of the year for our household. It means those three girls who haven’t really had anywhere they absolutely had to be will now have to transition back to a daily schedule.

I guess the big news around here is that I redesigned the site. It needed a face lift. There are a few areas that are still broken (the RSS feed for one), and for some reason my share bar is totally ruined by Internet Explorer, the worst browser ever created. If you are using IE, I apologize, and I must also ask, WHY? Get thyself to Google Chrome or Firefox. Trust me.

 

BEST PERSONAL FINANCE AND LIFESTYLE WRITING OF THE WEEK 

  • Chuck Rylant writes a great story about when he was a police officer, and indecision almost killed him. I must admit that I didn’t see the ending coming. Great read.
  • Club Thrifty writes about the value of taking a vacation. Yes, they can be expensive, but for some of us, they are a necessary recharge of the soul.
  • Nick at Step Away from the Mall shares a story of extreme frugality to get out of debt and asks, where do we draw the line?
  • Modest Money featured a post with some thoughts on investing. I’m zeroing in on investment articles lately as I try to play catch-up and learn what I need to learn.
  • Daisy at Add Vodka shares what it’s like to live in a country with universal health care.

 

CARNIVAL CATCH UP

Because of vacation, I haven’t published my carnival features around the web, so here’s a catch up from the past few weeks.

Carn. of Financial Camaraderie at My University Money
Carnival of MoneyPros at Aaron Hung.com
Carnival of Retirement at Young Family Finance
Festival of Frugality at CashNet USA
Wealth Artisan’s FinCarn at Wealth Artisan
Y & T’s Weekend Ramblings at Young and Thrifty
Yakezie Carnival at The College Investor
Canadian PF Happy Hour at Canadian Personal Finance
Carn. of Financial Camaraderie at Money Counselor
Carnival of MoneyPros at Finance Product Reviews
Carnival of Retirement at Debt Black Hole
Carnival of Financial Planning at Money Reasons
Financial Carn. for Young Adults at 20s Finances
Nerdy Finance Carnival at Nerdy Finance Carnival
Wealth Artisan’s FinCarn at Wealth Artisan
Y & T’s Weekend Ramblings at Young and Thrifty
Yakezie Carnival at See Debt Run
Carnival of Retirement at Life Insurance by Jeff
Carnival of MoneyPros at Making Sense Of Cents
Totally Money Carnival at James Petzke: Graduating with a Surplus
Yakezie Carnival at Kylie Ofiu
Wealth Artisan’s FinCarn at Wealth Artison
Canadian PF Happy Hour at Canadian Personal Finance
Financial Carn. for Young Adults at 20s Finances
Y & T’s Weekend Ramblings at Young and Thrifty
Nerdy Finance Carnival at Nerdy Finance Carnival
Carn. of Financial Camaraderie at The University of Money
Carnival of Financial Planning at Broke Professionals
Wealth Artisan’s FinCarn at Wealth Artison
Yakezie Carnival at Passive Income to Retire
Totally Money Carnival at Money Challenge
Carnival of Fin. Camaraderie at Modest Money
Carnival of Retirement at Master the Art of Saving
Y & T’s Weekend Ramblings at Young and Thrifty
Festival of Frugality at One Smart Dollar
Best of Money Carnival at Wealth Pilgrim

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