Friday Gathering: Indian Summer Edition (can I say that?)

indian summer

My daughter has requested a fairly expensive Halloween costume. She wants to be “Kit” from the American Girl book series. Hopefully I can convince her to accept one of the low cost costume ideas from Lynnae at Being Frugal. I am also taking suggestions.

Jason, one the writers at Bible Money Matters tells what you need to know about money management. As GI Joe used to tell us “knowing is half the battle”.

Craig at Christian PF puts a price tag on what it costs to raise a child. Take a look, it might be less than you thought and his numbers are closer to what my family spends rather than the numbers given by “conventional wisdom”.

Friday Gathering: First Snow Fall Edition

mountain snow

Here is some reading that I found stimulating this week.

Borrow From None presented a challenging analysis of Proverbs 22:7, “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”

Plonkee wrote about shared finances for couples who are cohabitating. I’m old fashioned when it comes to those sorts of things – I think finances work better when marriage is the foundation. Beyond that, Plonkee’s characterization of certain approaches to handling money as capitalist, communist and socialist to cause thought.

Friday Gathering: First Cold Spell Edition

cold sparrow

Here are some articles that I enjoyed this week:

The Silicon Valley Blogger confesses that she has a lot of stray 401K’s bouncing around out there. She is going to consolidate and roll them over into an IRA. You should too.

The Investing Toolkit posted an article about utilizing online investment tools. Investing sure has changed over the last fifteen years.

JLP at AllFinancialMatters highlighted a great series of Youtube videos that explain a great deal about banking and investing. I found them to be enlightening and you might as well.

Friday Gathering: Floods in the Southeast Edition

flooding

Here are several articles that I found interesting during the past week:

If you are a first time home buyer, you might qualify for an Federal Housing Adminsitration backed loan. You can read all the details at Bargaineering. One statement that I found a little brow wrinkling was the FHA uses no tax-payer funding . . . could be, I guess.

Christian PF asked the question asked the somewhat inflammatory question, Is Capitalism “Anti-Jesus”? Sounds like a topic that I might like to tackle.

Friday Gathering: End of Summer Edition

late summer

Here are some articles that I found interesting this week:

The Silicon Valley Blogger asks what do you plan to do in retirement? As part of the article, she posted a fascinating video about a 93 year old stock broker. Watch it.

The Smarter Wallet wrote down some thoughts on health care. I pretty much operate under the assumption that if there are problems with something, handing it over to the government is a sure way to make it worse. Health care is a worry for all of us and there are problems with the system . . . I would just like to find the solution outside of government, but we’ll see . . .

Friday Gathering: Looking for Labor Day Edition

labor day

Here are some articles that I found interesting or useful this week:

Pretty basic, but we can all use a reminder. Lynnae at Being Frugal lists five steps to pay off your credit cards.

I love to travel and I do a great deal – mostly within the States, but I fly or drive across state lines close to twenty-five times a year. Plonkee from Plonkee Money wrote an article listing seven travel items that a person should not bother buying and five things that might save you money while traveling. I might do a couple of my own lists on this topic sometime – interesting idea.

Friday Gathering: Away from home Edition

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I am almost 600 miles away from home tonight, but I can still write this post and work on various tasks by virtue of the internet – especially the wireless kind. It is amazing how our lives have been changed by technology. Here are some personal finance articles that I found interesting over the past week:

Jim at Bargaineering wrote about four money lessons from nature. Interesting article – I think there are more money lessons to be found in nature. It is good to remember that money has representative value, not intrinsic value. As Dave Ramsey says, a dollar bill is simply a “certificate of appreciation”.

Friday Gathering: Favre is back! Edition

favre

I don’t even care that he is playing for the Vikings, I love watching that guy play.

Clever Dude had an interesting post about the high mark up of disposable razor cartridges. I have a couple of comments. First, companies will charge what the market will bear. If consumers quit purchasing a particular item because it is overpriced, the price will come down. They are under no obligation to reduce the price simply because their mark up is ridiculous. Second: I have used a straight razor on occasion, but I have found that the convenience of the electric razor is beyond compare. I have a reasonably thick beard that I shave every day. Why do men still even use straight razors?

Friday Gathering: Healthcare Heat Edition

library

So . . . I always thought that my library fines supported the public library. Mrs. Micah says that such fines do not support your local library. Turns out that they are more like a tax. MM suggested several, more proactive ways to help out your local library.

Do you have chrometophobia? Click over to Cash Money Life and check out Patrick’s description of this disease. If you find that you are a victim of this particular debilitation, Patrick suggests some tricks for coping.

Friday Gathering: Last Trip of the Summer Edition

beach

Here are some interesting posts from around the personal finance blogosphere this week:

How to find cheap airfare and hotel like a ninja master was writen by Paul Van Leirop and posted at Moolanomy. I knew most of the tips that he shared, but I did not know how the new search engine from Microsoft called Bing can help in your quest for low cost travel.

Frugal Dad writes about why it is really never a good idea to skip a payment, even when your credit card company offers it to you. Most “deals” offered to you by credit card companies are structured so that they benefit the company more than you. I know, crazy isn’t it? Credit card companies are in it for profit!

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