Saturday Sprinkle #2

Happy Saturday!  Hope you had a great week.  Here’s the second of what I hope to be regular installments in my weekly roundup of great blogs I’ve read recently and mish-mash of thoughts that don’t fit in anywhere else.

  • Action Pack Week – An unexpected medical situation involving someone close took place this week.  Thankfully everything turned out OK in the end, but it was wild.  Come back Monday for more details.
  • Allowance – We recently started giving our kids an allowance.  Right now we’re doing it as they get half their age every week, so our 6 and 4 year olds get $3 and $2 respectively.  The only problem I’ve had is remembering to give it consistently, so some weeks we’re doing ‘make up’ duty.  Speaking of kids and money, Harmony at Creating Your Kaleidoscope had a great article about the one lesson she wants to teach her kids about money.
  • Baseball Draft – Tomorrow evening is my annual baseball draft.  I’ve been in this league (it’s a keeper league) for about ten years now and it’s one of my favorite things over the summer. It helped that I finished in third place last summer, which was good enough to win some money.  This was after a pretty rough stretch that lasted a few years, so it was nice to be back in contention.
  • To Freeze or not to freeze – I always love information that surprises you.  Some of the items on Joyce’s list of 24 Items You Didn’t Know You Can Freeze  over at My Stay At Home Adventure were definitely eye opening.
  • Your Biggest Investment – If you own a home, you might be tempted to think of it as your biggest investment, but Kevin at Money Under 30 advises a different approach to thinking.  It’s the exact way I have always thought of my home in terms of ‘investment status’ and I think is something that every homeowner or potential home buyer should ponder.
  • No – Who likes to ask a question and be told no?  Certainly not my kids, that’s for sure!  And that’s probably true for many of us as well, so we also don’t like to say it.  But, Michelle at the Shop My Closet Project wrote a great post about the importance of saying ‘no‘ during certain situations.
  • Stock Market – A few weeks ago when the stock market opened the year on a nosedive, who would have predicted that it would recover in a month?  Not me, but that’s exactly what’s happened.  It is concerning to me that the gyrations that have seemed to taken over the market have continued to persist, and seem to be getting more and more pronounced with each one.  Traders must love this market, but as a long term investor, it’s starting to get a tad concerning.  What do you think?

What are your plans for the weekend?  I hope it’s a good one for you!

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