This week, life has been all over the place (OK, for the last TWO weeks, actually!). I posted on Monday about making difficult career decisions, which has been trying me up in knots all week. I finally made a decision, that I will post about soon. As well, in the next couple of weeks, I’m going to post about trying to sell some crap, clean up my clutter, and find a roommate… like I said, life is crazy. So although this post normally appears on a Friday, this week it seems to have slipped. Better late than never!
I got so behind in my Google Reader in the last few weeks that I had well over 500+ posts to read, at least 200+ were personal finance ones. I started collecting links for this post only to realize that since I started in alphabetical order, I would have my regular 5-6 posts well before I got to the bottom of my list… so today you get a bonus. I might not write as much about each post, but I’m going to post a whole BUNCH of links for you – enjoy!
OK, not technically a PF blog, but I like her career focus, so when Everyday Bright wrote about feeling inadequate, I read, and could totally relate! Although my self-confidence has been growing over time, I struggled with it for years, and still have lots of moments of self-doubt!
At Enemy of Debt, Jessica writes that getting out of debt is not a One Size Fits All proposition – very true. I’ve tried many different methods, and am still struggling with it!
Miranda at Free From Broke writes about the recent issue of hiring managers asking for access to your Facebook (or Twitter, or…) account. Um… NO??!!?? I realize in this job market that may not be the best answer. And I honestly have nothing on my Facebook account I’d hide from an employer. But no, you may NOT have my login and password!
Over at Married with Debt, Katie got her very first library card and discovered the frugal benefits of borrowing books (and movies, and…). I love my city library. It is rare I can’t find a book I want to read by searching through their online catalog. Super service!
Michelle at Making Sense of Cents is having her sister move in for all kinds of reasons – I hope it works out for her. Bruce & I are looking at renting out a room and are more than a little worried about what having a roommate will be like – especially a complete stranger!
I’ve been reader Baker’s blog at Man vs. Debt for a long time now – I love his take no prisoners approach. This week he posted several good posts, but I really want to highlight two of them. One – Burn all your crap talks about the process of eliminating STUFF (clutter, junk and useless possessions) from your life. The other is a post written by one of his contributors, Joan, about the relationship between weight loss and debt reduction, something I understand completely.
Lindy’s post at Minting Nickels updating us on her activity lately really hit home with me – she’s been experiencing a little burnout, something I totally understand. I have some serious projects to tackle, but have been putting them off because I’ve been exhausted lately – that has to stop!
Melissa at Mom’s Plans wrote about the importance of an emergency fund this week – they have been experiencing some budget shortfalls lately, and she has realized that even as they tackle their debt, they need a cash cushion to get them through the tough spots. I’m fighting this battle right now too, so I understand ($1500 worth of car repairs, $300 in appliance maintenance….).
A Canadian blogger, Joe Wood at Timeless Finance, used the CMHC mortgage calculator to figure out the maximum amount a bank would lend him to buy a home… then wrote a post about why it was crazy! I agree, when I run the numbers, we could spend almost double for a house from what we already have, and I know we’d have no life making those payments! The Canadian housing market may be following behind the US one, and that scares me.
Daisy at WLGYL Add Vodka wrote a great post about productivity – something I’ve been struggling with lately. Setting daily goals was working for me, but I let it slack, so I have to get back on the productivity bandwagon!
OK that’s it. I still have loads of posts to read (something like 78 PF ones!), but I’m almost caught up and hope I can get caught up tomorrow completely. I really must file my tax return tomorrow too….