Month : May 2010

Friday Night Likes

Friday Night Likes 5/28/10

Stadium LightsWelcome to another Friday. I just want to share some great news with all of you. My girlfriend got a new job. This means there will be more money to save up :) So I’m happy.

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Be sure to check out my article in The Carnival of Personal Finance this week.

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@AFMBlog This is Awesome…

The title says it all. This is a video about the European debt crisis. I think it’s pretty entertaining. Give it a watch.

@FCN Financial Reform: What’s in It for Me?

This post goes over what the Financial Reform bill will do for you. It’s a great read and I was surprised at some of the things included in the bill. I’m just really excited for it.

@MoneyCrashers Would You Prefer Alternative Taxes To Paying Income Taxes?

Taxes run our nation. This article goes over a couple of different alternatives to paying income taxes that our nation could do.

@Consumerist Satirical BP Twitter Account Has More Followers Than Real One

This is just funny. It’s a fake twitter account that spits out hilarious tweets about BP. Give it a follow and your day will be a lot better.

@1 Million Dollar Challenge How to reach your full potential

This post has a great story about someone who was told all of their life they wouldn’t amount to much. Then someone came to their life and helped them realize their potential. I agree that if you’re told all your life you won’t do much then it’s more likely that it will become true.  I love the great strategies at the end.

@EnemyOfDebt Extreme Circumstances Call For Extreme Measures

I saved the best for last. This is a great post about what it takes to get out of debt. It’s not an easy journey so don’t get down on people who are choosing to save over going out all the time.

Yakezie Thursday

Yakezie Thursday 5/27/10

”TheIf you didn’t see my previous post about me joining the Yakezie Challenge check it out here. Check out what the Yakezie are about here. I currently have a friendly battle with Cheapskate Sandy to see who can get the highest Alexa ranking by July 4th. You can see the accepting of this battle in the comments of this post. If you want to help me out, get the Alexa toolbar here and visit my site often. Alexa is sort of like the Nielson ratings but for the internet.  As of this writing, she’s up by about 20,000. Thanks for all of you that help me out and thanks for reading. Anyways, back on topic. The Yakezie are a great group of bloggers, so every Thursday I’m going to be featuring some of their great posts that catch my eye.

@PFbythebook – Things People Accomplished at Your Age

I think it’s pretty inspiring to see what others have accomplished by a certain age. This post gives great examples and even a link to see more peoples accomplishments at different ages.

@BFinance – MBA Course: Investing & Portfolio Management-Class 1

I like this article because she is actually summarizing what she is teaching her students. It’s pretty interesting. I’m going to be following the rest of the class for sure.

@Money_Reasons – We Have It Easy, Remembering Debtor’s Prison

I think because we have it easy we don’t worry about the consequences so much. If we had debtor’s prison today I’m sure this financial; crisis we’re in wouldn’t be near as bad.

@ Simple Life In FranceTechnology and entertainment making us unhappy?

This article really makes you think about how family life has changed with technology. I believe technology has contributed to family’s creating a lasting bond. But in all actuality, the parents should set up a time for them to create that bond every day. Eating at the dinner table is a great time for that.

@MoreStyleTCash – 25 More (Inexpensive) Ideas to Give Your Life Luxury

I think this is a great post with excellent Ideas. I’m definitely going to give some of them a try. My favorite is #5. I don’t have a backyard yet, but I’ll try it out on my patio.

@ The Amateur FinancierDeep Thoughts: The Poverty Line

This is a very insightful post on how the poverty line was created and how it is outdated. I agree, as with all older “rules”, that it needs to be updated to reflect the changes in society.

Announcements

I Think I’m Turning Japanese!!

”TheYou may notice the badge on the right. I have joined the Yakezie challenge. It’s a group of like minded personal finance bloggers that I’m excited to become a part of. So you’ll be seeing a lot more of my fellow Yakezie as I highlight there posts. I’m currently ranked at 1,059,759 on Alexa and hope to reach 900,000 by July 4th. Wish me luck.

*Update*

New goal is 450,000 :)

Friday Night Likes

Friday Night Likes 5/21/10

Stadium LightsIt’s been a great week. I have a new look on the blog, How do you like it? More and more people are Getting Updates to my blog and Checking me out on Facebook. Thank you for reading and enjoying my blog, I really appreciate it. I’m going to be starting a semi-regular post this Tuesday where I’m going to be reviewing books, so I’m excited. Well, it’s the end of the week so time for some more Likes.

@MoneyFunk The Best Recycling Websites

I never know what to do with electronics when I’m ready to get rid of them and I don’t feel right throwing it out. This post gives some places you can check out to recycle those things, or pretty much anything.

@FMFblog A Rich Guy Tells How to Become Rich

This post goes over advice that billionaire Mark Cuban gave on his blog. He has some pretty good insights into becoming rich so I think I’m going to become a fan of his.

@Bargainr Adverse Action Free Credit Score Amendment

I don’t usually get into politics but this will be a great thing. If the bill passes, anytime you get rejected because of your credit not only will you get a free credit report but you will also get a free credit score. That sounds like a great thing to me.

@FreeFromBroke It’s A Drop In The Bucket

This is a great post about how things start out small, but over time they add up. I think it’s very inspirational.

@MoneyHighway Does Frugality = Isolation?

This post gives great tips on how to be frugal and social. Something I can definitely work on.

@GRSblog Busting the Myths: Why Coupons Are a Valuable Part of Your Financial Arsenal

This like goes through a lot of myths about coupons and dispels them. I’m a big fan of coupons and believe everyone should do it. It can really add up to a lot of savings.

@EnemyOfDebt Buy I’m Debt Free the Game, and Help Support Big Brothers Big Sisters

I’m writing about this again because it’s for a great cause. Brad is going to be donating 100% of the earnings with each game bought to Big Brothers Big Sisters. He has a goal of $300 in 3 months, but I think he can get there faster. Go to his blog and buy it. It’s a great game that will provide entertainment for a while and you’ll probably learn something from it. Imagine that, having fun and learning at the same time. Amazing!!! Anyways, go buy it :)

Entertainment

Do Something, Instead of Nothing

MuseumLast weekend I had an epiphany. You don’t really know you’re wasting your time until you compare a time waster with something that expands your mind.

I went to a museum last Sunday and paid $18 for me and my girlfriend. I said to myself “This sucks, I could go to a movie for this price.” But after going through the museum I realized that I spent 2 hours learning something cool, instead of watching a movie that would have wasted 2 hours of my life. I won’t say I jumped up and down with excitement afterwards but it was definitely better than a movie.

This led me to think of other things I could do that would be good for me, instead of wasting my life.

  • Read a book, instead of watching TV
  • Walk a trail, instead of laying in bed all day.
  • Go to the library, instead of playing Farmville all day
  • Volunteer, instead of playing video games

These are just a few ideas. When you’re doing something that’s a time waster, think about if you’ll remember doing that when you’re older. If you say no, then go do something you will remember. Do something, instead of nothing.

Can you think of other things to do instead of a time waster?