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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Weekly Blog Roundup: April 9, 2010

Here are few great blog articles I’ve read over the past few days:

Yakezie Challenge Members:

  • Ultimate Money BlogThe Economy Sucks, So…. – Good read which makes you stop and think on how much we’re using the ‘economy’ as a catch-all excuse these days.
  • Sweating The Big StuffWhen You SHOULDN’T Worry About Money – This is a nice written article which talks about times when it’s probably a better idea to focus on some of the benchmark numbers for net worth and various ratios that financial gurus will often point to.
  • Financial SamuriPlay Games To Save Money And Achieve Your Goals – Cool little ways to trick yourself (and have fun in the process) into reaching your financial goals.  I wouldn’t recommend these for huge decisions but for little things, this is a great idea, and we all know that the little things add up quick!

A must read by a non-Yakezie member:

Check them out (but don’t forget to come back!) and enjoy some great reads by other bloggers who have unique perspectives into personal blogging.

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Yakezie Update & Weekly Blog Roundup: April 2, 2010

A few weeks ago, I joined the Yakezie Challenge, with the idea to improve my Alexa blog ranking which in turn would help improve my visibility across the web.

I have to say, this has been awesome so far!

When I started, I had a ranking of 3,439,300.

I’ve already gone up to a ranking of 639,614.  So in just under a month, my little old blog has become more popular than nearly 2.8 million other websites!  That’s awesome!

In addition, Wise Bread has the ‘definitive’ list of personal finance blogs ranked in order of Alexa popularity.   When I started, I was ranked 368 out of about 465 personal finance blogs.  In just a few short weeks, I’m around number 214, so I’ve jumped about 150 spots.

I’m continuing to get involved with the group.  Over the next few weeks, I will be working on some guest posts that appear on other blogs, and will hopefully have other bloggers request some guest posts on my blog.

Thanks to all that have read and have bumped up my traffic, feed count, and Alexa ranking.  I am humbled and this success gives me constant energy to keep up and to keep improving Money Beagle.

As part of the Yakezie Challenge, I’ve come across a whole slew of great blogs.  Here are some great articles I came across with other members in this group who have taken on the similar challenge of improving their Alexa website rating:

  •  Young And Thrifty – Why You Shouldn’t Pay For Your Lottery Ticket With Your Credit Card – Here in Michigan, I’ve been told that you can’t put lottery tickets on any type of card.  It’s cash only.  If you do have that option, you might want to read this article to make sure it’s not costing you in more ways than you think.
  • Christian Common CentsHow My Emergency Fund Saved My Honeymoon From Total Disaster – Your wedding and honeymoon should be a wonderful time that you cherish for the rest of your lives.  The emergency fund saved the day and allowed that to happen after things went awry.
  • Couple Money Beware of Census Phishing Scams – With census time in full swing here in the USA, this is great advice.  The best way to get around that is to simply send in your form, which would then ensure that you won’t get follow-up contact that could lead to scams

A couple of other articles I enjoyed from bloggers not in the challenge:

  • Cash Money Life –  Who Killed Blockbuster? Netflix or Redbox? – Blockbuster is in danger of going bankrupt, and this looks at who killed them.  I personally think Blockbuster did it to themselves, as I had a horrible experience with them in 2003 that chased me away from them forever!
  • Boston Gal’s MoneyArt of the Steal – This isn’t really personal finance related but the story of one of the world’s most troublesome thieves is a great read.

Check them out (but don’t forget to come back!) and enjoy some great reads by other bloggers who have unique perspectives into personal blogging.

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Weekly Blog Roundup: March 26, 2010

As part of the Yakezie Challenge, I’ve come across a whole slew of great new blogs.  Here are three great articles I came across with other members in this group who have taken on the similar challenge of improving their Alexa website rating:

  •  Personal Finance Ninja – 700 Pennies: How To Stay Motivated And Reach Your Goals – It’s always a good lesson to have something that keeps your eye on the bigger picture. As I say at the bottom of each of my posts, “It’s a great day to be alive!” and this sort of ties in with that.
  • PT MoneyThe Ultimate Guide to Saving Money On Coffee – I drink coffee just about every day.  I am not a coffee snob, but that’s mostly because I force myself not to be in order to not get sucked into drinking expensive coffee.  If you’ve already lost that battle, here are a few ways to fight back or at least minimize the damage.
  • Canadian Personal Finance BlogYou Know It’s A Bad Day When…. – This is another reminder to make sure to find a good, reputable financial adviser, and to make sure that he/she stays that way.  Even then, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket!

Another great read by one of my favorite bloggers who isn’t in the challenge:

  • Funny About Money – Sure You Want To Go On That Cruise? – I have never been on a cruise and have no desire to, and this gives me one more reason to know that I’m comfortable with my choice to keep my vacation time on solid ground!

Check them out (but don’t forget to come back!) and enjoy some great reads by other bloggers who have unique perspectives into personal blogging.

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