Best Personal Finance Writing - Week 28

If you’ve noticed that I’ve been a bit quieter around the World Wide Web (sorry, just wanted to say that again), it’s because I’ve been on a new project for work that has greatly impeded my ability to network with other bloggers during the day. This is only a 2-week thing, but then I’ll go on vacation for 2 weeks. I hope this site is still standing when I get back :)

My wife and I have been tying up some loose ends for our trip this past week. Need to get an International Driving Permit from AAA. Bought a power adapter, tablet/netbook case, iPhone charger, and travel towels from Amazon. The incidentals are adding up.

Even though we will only be in London about 2 days, she has already cost me $200 between a hotel room and train tickets. I was a bit worried that I’d have difficulty finding a hotel room during the Olympics, but I scored a “quaint” Victorian hotel in South Kensington for $140/night.

Shortly after purchasing train tickets to Stansted Airport, Chase called my cell phone to verify that I had initiated them. I guess it’s time that I notify them that I will be out of the country.


  • Marie at Family Money Values evaluates her progress on her goals for 2012. A good read for those trying to grow their own blogs.
  • Eric at DollarVersity calls out Congress for wasting taxpayer money and worrying about where donated warmup gear for the US Olympic Team is made.
  • SB at Finance Product Reviews talks about the Chase Sapphire Card. I have this card (the Preferred) and learned a few things about their travel insurance that I did not even know about my own card.
  • DebtsNtaxes takes us into the world of motocross, as an analogy for life. Complete with great pictures, too!
  • MoneyBulldog explains the complicated, yet familiar, Euro crisis in terms we call all understand.


Many thanks to the sites that featured my writing this past week: 

  • Carnival of Fin. Camaraderie at The University of Money
  • Carnival of Financial Planning at Invest It Wisely
  • Carnival of MoneyPros at Portfolio Princess
  • Carnival of Retirement at Good Financial Cents
  • Totally Money Carnival at Money Reasons
  • Y & T’s Weekend Ramblings at Young and Thrifty
  • Yakezie Carnival at Tackling Our Debt
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  1. Damn work making you all busy just before your vacation. Don’t they realize a man’s got a blog to run too?? At least after all that hard work the vacation will be an even greater relief. Be sure to take lots of photos for us!

  2. Great list-some serious stuff here and lots of good things I haven’t seen on pf blogs before. Yay!

  3. I hope you enjoy your trip, John! The time away will be well-deserved and hopefully you can relax a little bit!

  4. Thanks for the Link love John. Hope you have a good vacation and take a lot of pics of that waterfall.

  5. Thanks for the mention!

    • Money Bulldog, great post on the Euro Crisis. I finally understand what’s going on over there. I’ll share it on my FB wall.

      John, thanks for posting his article here. Have a good vacation!

  6. I went to London once years ago. I worked for TWA at the time and had free first class perfect attendance passes. Fun trip! Enjoy.
    Thanks for the shout out!

  7. John great feeling to be one of your favorite posts of the week, many thanks for it!

  8. I shared the same experience once. It was a dream vacation at first, but after that, my credit card bill was a stuff of nightmare.

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