The Friday Gathering – Arizona Edition
Within the next few hours, I’ll be back on a plane and headed home. I won’t get in until late this evening, but I can’t get home soon enough. I will say though that I was very pleasantly surprised with Phoenix Arizona. Arizona was not at all what I expected. Although I knew better, I had this vision in my of desert, sand, no trees, etc. The area is beautiful, full of palm trees, cactus, and gorgeous mountain ranges that just seem to pop-up out of the ground. The city of Phoenix is beautiful as well, with immaculately landscaped highways, cobblestone intersections, and water features everywhere. Everything here looks so clean, fresh and new.
Arizona is definitely a place I would like to visit again one day and hopefully even bring my family too. Arizona has been added to my list of places to vacation one day once we have the money saved to take an extended vacation out west. Even still, I can’t wait to get home. I miss my tree covered mountains, lack of flat land, and my beautiful mountain view. Although according to my wife it’s 17 degrees at our house this morning…I don’t think I miss that!
I’ve been trying very hard to remember to participate in blog carnivals again and did a fairly decent job this week. Here are the carnivals I was included in. Make sure you head over and check out all of the great reads:
- Carnival of Debt Reduction #179 hosted by Green Panda Treehouse included my article: Falling trees in your personal finance life?
- Money Hackers Carnival #52 hosted by One Million Bucks! included my article: 7 Simple Ways to Start Improving Your Life
- The Festival of Frugality- Broken Hearts Edition hosted by Jeff Rose’s Good Financial Cents included my article: Frugal family time at the national park
I also submitted my best article of the week to the week: Surviving an Economic Recession to the Carnival of Personal Finance, but for some crazy reason the host, whom I refuse to link to didn’t include mine and a number of other really great posts from personal finance bloggers. What’s up with that?
- The top 20 Christian Financial websites @ ChristianPF – Bob has put together a top 20 list of Christian Personal finance bloggers. I am honored to be included with such an awesome group of bloggers. Make sure you head over and subcribe to all of them, as they are all great blogs.
- How to Build Your Own Bookshelf @ PTMoney
- historic returns: looking back more than a century @ Plonkee Money
- Rethinking Retirement @ Cracker Jack Greenback
- Day 18) Why Not Just Start With a Budget? @ Mrs Micah
- How To Create A Zero-Based Budget @ No Credit Needed – I use a zero based budget…a home for every dollar.
- Money Management Advice From My 9 Year Old. @ My Two Dollars
- Thoughts on the Latest Mortgage Bailout Plan @ All Financial Matters
- Get Motivated With A Debt Elimination Roadmap @ Paid Twice
- Understand your health and dental insurance coverage @ The Mighty Bargain Hunter
- 2009 Stimulus – Education and Other Benefits @ Cash Money Life
- How The Stimulus Package Will Affect Individuals: What Will I Get? @ Bible Money Matters
- Should You Pay Off Your Mortgage Early? @ Moolanomy
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