Saturday Sprinkle #1

I’m going to try something new and post some random thoughts that aren’t big enough to justify their own blog posts, as well as mix in some links to other blog articles that I’ve enjoyed over the past few weeks.

  • Weather – I don’t know about you, but we have had a heck of a warm finish to winter.  Here in Michigan, we did have a couple of February snowstorms, but that was about it for the year.  Now, our temps have been 10-25 degrees warmer than average for awhile.  No complaints, but just keeping our fingers crossed that this doesn’t come at the expense of warm summer days!
  • Income Loss – Not many people would find it in them to write an inspirational post after losing half of their household income, but Kristen at Joyfully Thriving does so, which is why this is one of my new favorite blogs to read!
  • Frugal Moment of the week – Last Saturday, we wanted to get the kids out of the house and go do something. The kids couldn’t agree on an activity, so we split up.  I took my son to a local place where he could build Lego for a couple hours.  Since we have a membership, it was free.  My wife took my daughter to a movie. The local theater has a thing going on in March where they show a second run kids movie all weekend, and it’s free for kids and $1 for adults.  Our grand total for a couple of hours of entertainment was $1.
  • Self-Escrow – Megan at Counting You Pennies wrote about something that I do but have never been able to mb-2016-03-springcome up with a good name for.  Assigning your money to particular funds is a technique I’ve employed for years, so this was a great read for me.
  • Water and RVs – We’ve had our RV for a few years now and the one thing that constantly terrifies me is water.  Water and RVs just don’t mix.  Last year we had a leak in our storage compartment that got under the flooring and ran all the way down to the other side of the unit, leaving a floorboard that’s softer than I like.  This year, when I went to check on it, no leak, but a tarp that I’d left in there had condensation underneath, which I now understand the reason for.  Not as big of a deal, as it was on top of the linoleum only, but it keeps that nagging fear alive!
  • Entitlement – Aaron at Three Thrifty Guys noticed a trend in a recent traffic situation that made him wonder if having more money leads to people acting poorly.
  • Dating – It’s been over ten years since I was out of the dating pool, but Christina at Adventures in Frugal gives a great idea that I had to share for any single guys reading.  This is a move I definitely might have tried (well, I’d have talked about doing it anyway) had I read this ten years sooner!
  • Weekend Plans – This weekend is supposed to be in the 60’s here in Michigan, so we are planning a trip to the zoo.  They’ve got a brand new $20 million dollar penguin exhibit that’s set to open soon, so we’re hoping that maybe we can catch a glimpse if they try a soft opening.  We also have to work on a project for my son’s spring fair.  He has a great imagination, so I know that once we get started, this is going to be awesome.

Hope you have a great weekend!

 

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What’s New This Week? (Plus A Roundup)

A few updates and random thoughts, followed by some great posts I hope you check out:

  • A few weeks ago I wrote about how our IT department is being insourced.  We have received a few more details.  Our official offer letters should be arriving any day now.  They were promised by the 15th, so if that still holds, I’ll know what’s what in a week.  We did find out that our years of service will be credited from when we started, so I’ll come in with six years of service.  This means I’ll get roughly the same amount of time off as I do today, and has a few implications for benefits and such.  There is a lot of nervousness that they’ll be coming in offering less pay than we make today.  I think that’s just normal jitters, and I’m staying optimistic that it’ll be the same or better as what I am getting today.
  • Did you hear about the Walmart glitch on Wednesday where the website had prices mb-201311mistakeof various items at outrageously low prices?  I sure did.  I found a 55″ TV for $329, and while it was sold out online, it said that my local store had one.  Which, when I called, they confirmed that they did.  But, they were already aware by that point that the prices were a mistake (they had $800 treadmills ringing up for $33, computer monitors for $9, and new release video games for $17), and were not honoring those prices.  I read a few forums where people said they got in and picked up stuff right away, so it sounds like a lucky few were able to take advantage of the glitch, but sadly, we did not find an easy way to replace our damaged TV.
  • As a Ford stockholder, I’m a little annoyed at the activity on the stock.  Ford beat earnings a couple of weeks ago, and hit over $18 per share.  Since then it’s been on a somewhat steady decline, around the mid-$16 range, all on virtually no news.  I think institutional investors want a dividend increase, and are passively letting Ford know that they need to increase the payout.  Hopefully the stock reverses course soon!

Here are some great articles I thought you’d enjoy as well as listing a few carnivals I’ve been included in recently:

  • Money and Potatoes has been making some side money by selling plasma and blogs about all aspects involved, financial and otherwise.
  • Monica on Money lists eight warning signs that you might be living beyond your means.
  • Krantcents outlines a subtle difference between a wish and a dream, then goes on to illustrate how one can lead to big rewards if you take hold of it.
  • I’ve often thought that Baby Boomers, in addition to working hard, had a good set of circumstances in terms of some of the benefits associated with their careers.  Little House in the Valley expands on this and compares it to the Gen X and Gen Y groups.
  • Reach Financial Independence – Carnival of Personal Finance
  • According to Athena – Carnival of Personal Finance
  • Bite The Bullet Investing – Carnival of Retirement
  • Frugal Rules – Yakezie Carnival
  • Save Spend Splurge – Carnival of Personal Finance
  • Wealth Note – Yakezie Carnival
  • Figuring Money Out – Yakezie Carnival
  • Money Wise Pastor – Yakezie Carnival

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Friday Roundup: October 18, 2013 – Is Fall Finally Here?

I track temperatures on a spreadsheet, where I track the high and low temperature for every day, and compare it to the average.  I just like looking at the trends.  For the year, the location I use for tracking, which is closest to my home, reports that we’re about 1.2 degrees higher.  This actually was much lower up until a month ago.

Starting September 18th, it’s been nearly 6 degrees warmer than normal on average.  In that time, we’ve had 24 days above average temps and only 4 days below.  It’s been an incredible run and made up for a summer that was so-so.

But, it looks like fall is finally arriving as the forecast has us in temps at or below normal for the next few days.  While highs in the mid-to-upper 50’s are pretty common around here, they’re probably going to feel downright cold since we’ve been in the 60’s and 70’s steadily.

In any case, the upside is that the cooler nights that are associated with the fall temps will hopefully give us a frost, which will then kill off a lot of the bees, which will then allow me to plan a trip to the cider mill.  I can’t stand bees and they’ve been in full force this fall, so we need a good cold snap to get rid of them, don’t you think?

Here are a few posts I’ve liked as of late that I thought you’d enjoy:

  • Tie the Money Knot talks about financial compromise, where even if you know the right thing to do, sometimes you don’t do exactly that for the sake of happiness in your relationships.
  • Club Thrifty has had some experiences with For Sale By Owner houses that will make them a no-go moving forward.  What do you think about FSBO?
  • Financial Ramblings has a trick to get cheaper airfare related to how you enter your search criteria.  Those sneaky airlines are always one step ahead of their customers!
  • Krstyal over Give Me My Five bucks ran a half marathon recently, and gave a rundown on how it went.  I’m thinking of a 5K or 10K next year, so these stories are always of interest.
  • Suburban Finance listed some favorite songs about money.  I love music and I love money, so this was a sure winner!
  • Edward Antrobus discussed the theory of the trillion dollar coin as a way to address the growing national debt, and lists some very sensible reasons why this would be a horrible idea.  Which means it’ll definitely happen!
  • I love New York, and as a resident, Leslie Beslie lists some great things to do and see if you’re visiting and looking to hit some memorable spots.  This post made me want to go back!

Have a great weekend!

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Great Read Friday: I Jinxed Myself – September 6, 2013

I had a feeling when I posted last month that our net worth had made positive gains for fourteen months that I was probably jinxing myself.  Sure enough, the streak came to an end as our net worth fell for the first time since June 2012.  Largely driven by the stock market taking a breather, our net worth fell by 1.5%.

mb-pennyI guess that can only mean one thing: It’s time to start another streak!

Here are some great posts I’ve read over the past few weeks.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

A buffer of cash in your checking account can help in many ways, as pointed out by How I Save Money.  My favorite positive reason is simple: peace of mind!

All Financial Matters points out one of my pet peeves, that Tropicana raised prices by way of charging you the same as you used to pay but giving you less.  Argh!

KrantCents has a very resourceful list, outlining 25 odd jobs that can make good money.  If you’re looking for some extra cash, and want to do something that’s well worth the time, check this list first.

Keeping with the jobs theme, I always love reading about people’s job histories, and Tight Fisted Miser had a whole slew of entertaining and foundational jobs that provided many good insights into the workforce.

I remember when I moved into my first condo in 1999, a neighbor told me that she had already paid off her condo.  I couldn’t fathom this.  Apparently, I wasn’t the only person who assumed that everybody has debt, as found here at Plunged In Debt.

If you’re transporting your pets by way of automobile, Funny About Money wants to remind you to please carry them properly and safely (for you and the pet)

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