Link Roundup: August 20, 2010

Here are some excellent blog articles I’ve read over the past week and a half or so that I think are worth mentioning, and certainly worth reading if you haven’t seen them yet.

Give these a read and consider subscribing to their blogs as they have great personal finance advice and stories.  But, as always, make sure to come back to Money Beagle!

  • Financial Samurai felt a little uncomfortable in a recent social situation and wonders what do you do “When Rich People Call You Cheap“.  Definitely not a cool situation to be in, and made all the more difficult when it’s a ‘friend’ making you uncomfortable!
  • 444Express gave us a penny by penny breakdown on how you should “Save money – Eat at home” using one of my favorite treats (ice cream) as the example.  Anything involving ice cream is good in my eyes!
  • Funny About Money had an “Estate Sale Coup” and found some great items at bargain prices.  I’ve always thought estate sales might be a way to find some good treasure, but it sounds like you definitely have to do your homework!
  • Little Miss Moneybags gives some advice on “How To Eat Cheaply In New York: Dining Out“.  These are great tips to keep in mind not only for New York, but really anyplace where you might be looking for ways to eat out on the cheap.
  • Len Penzo has been subjected to  “DVDs From Hell“.where movie studios have introduced their latest intrusion into your life with previews that seemingly cannot be skipped.  Fear not, though, as the ever-resourceful Len provides tricks to get past this pesky intrusion.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the reading!

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Links: For One Day Only, Don’t Read This Blog!

I’ve been bad about doing a link roundup lately, so I thought I’d give it a go and catch up on some great posts that I’ve read from fellow personal finance bloggers.

Give these a read and consider subscribing to their blogs as they have great personal finance advice and stories.  But, as always, make sure to come back to Money Beagle!

  • Money Reasons gave his thoughts on what he would do if he struck it big in “If I Were Rich Today” – This inspired me to do a similar article.  I think this is something we all dream about so go ahead, think of what you might do if you found a pot of gold!
  • Monevator gives the opinion that we are not in for a lost decade in “No Lost Decade: Why We’re Not Japan“.  The Japanese economy has not been anywhere near levels that it was even in the 1980’s and 1990’s, but this article gives opinions on why our situation, though it shows many signs of moving towards a ‘lost decade’, isn’t the same.
  • Mrs. Nespy’s Frugal World included a post called “8 Interesting Uses for Chalk” and I have to say, these are very interesting and extremely useful.  I think that my next trip to the dollar store (where I’m guessing they have chalk) will include some white chalk, as it appears to have a lot of great uses especially in the laundry and cleaning areas!
  • We try to be frugal when doing laundry, but Fabulously Broke takes it to an extreme I’ve not heard of as she admits her “Laundry Secret: I Don’t Use Laundry Detergent 99% of the Time“.  She says that the agitation gets her clothes clean that aren’t stained or spotted.  I’m not sure if I’m tempted to go this far, but for those daring enough, try it!  At the very least, it’s a great reminder that most people probably use way too much laundry soap.
  • Everybody Loves Your Money has seen “Impromptu Garage Sales” popping up a lot more frequently, and wonders if they are becoming more from desperation than from trying to raise a few extra bucks.
  • Sweating the Big Stuff asks “Are Social Shopping Sites Too Enticing?”  If you find yourself buying GroupOn deals just for the sake of buying them, you might be getting a little too caught up.  Remember, you’re only saving if you are getting money off on something you would buy anyways.  If ‘buying a deal’ means you spend money you wouldn’t have otherwise spent, you are not saving!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the reading!

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Weekly Blog Roundup: June 11, 2010

It’s been forever and a day since I posted a round-up, so I thought it was way past time!  I know that I’m always honored when someone includes me in a round-up (hint! hint!) so I will be better about returning the favor for those who provide standout writing.

Here are a few articles I’ve read over the past weeks that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

  • How To Recast Your Mortgage at Money Ning – I’ve been itching to do something with the mortgage, since we’re at a 5.875% rate, but the reduction in our home equity that takes us below the 20% threshold has hamstrung us.  It’s still nice to be able to see what options are out there, and I didn’t know about this one.
  • Six Tips For Getting A Raise During a Recession at Peak Personal Finance – Our company didn’t hand out raises last year and I’ve heard rumors that they may go down this route again, which does not make me one bit happy, so maybe this will come in handy.
  • Net Worth Obsession at Boston Gal’s Open Wallet – This discusses a NY Times article that essentially questions the merits of calculating personal net worth.  I do not consider myself obsessed with our net worth, but at the same time, I do track and see the merits of being able to track where you are.
  • 52 Uses for Rubber Bands at Wise Bread – I had a great job a few years ago, and they had a long standing tradition of rubber band wars that would just pop up at various times in the IT department to burn off stress.  Fun times!
  • Walking Away From A Mortgage at Blogging Away Debt – I can’t resist this highly charged topic, and this one hits the nail right on the head.  Couldn’t have said it any better myself (though I tried a while back!)

That’s all for now.  I promise I’ll try to be better about round-ups since there are so many great posts out there.

Have a great weekend!

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Weekly Blog Roundup: April 22, 2010

I usually do a roundup on Friday, but I thought I’d try one on Thursday this time!

There have been some great posts in the personal finance world since I last did a round-up on 4/9.  Here are just a few of the excellent articles I’ve enjoyed reading.

Please take a moment to swing by these blogs, give them a read, and tell them that Money Beagle sent you!

  • Personal Finance By The Book – Stretch The Life Of Your Mower By Giving Him A Name I loved this post!  It was a nice little story about the life of a lawn mower and how it took on a little life of its own and overcame little obstacles that other mowers probably wouldn’t have been able to, and all because it was given a name!  
  • Little House In The ValleyHomes In A Box…When Sears Ruled Mail Order – This is a very interesting article that goes back in time a few decades to when you could buy a house through the Sears catalog.  Not a play house (though I’m sure they sold those, too) but an actual I’m-going-to-live-here house.  I love houses and architecture so this one was an instant favorite!
  • Fiscal Fizzle – Too Much Of A Good Thing? Mortgage PrepaymentsFizzle talks about a few different dynamics of prepaying on a mortgage, which is always an interesting topic.  Not only is paying extra covered, but also the timing of payments.  Very informative read for anybody that is looking at ways to reduce the ol’ mortgage.
  • Free From BrokeCosts In Buying A Home Besides Your Mortgage – This is an excellent reminder about how there are many more costs involved in purchasing a home besides the monthly mortgage payment.  First time buyers definitely want to read these, and anybody that hasn’t bought a home in the last year or so who might be planning to do so could definitely use a refresher course.
  • Finance For A Freelance LifeWhy I’m So Glad We Don’t Have A Car Payment – Mrs. Micah gives some real world examples (my favorite kind!) of how not having a car payment has made for easier paying of repair bills that are always going to come up.  We have been car payment free for almost two years and it is wonderful!

Great job to everybody for some fantastic articles.

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