I have several reader-submitted items languishing in my mailbox. Rather than let them grow stale, I’ve grouped them into a single entry.
Sean Blanda at College v2 is starting his “College Money” series.
I’m soliciting all tips and tricks you use to make your life financially stable. How do you manage your bank accounts? Do you invest? How much money do you spend on food? fun? Topics to be covered include: personal finance blogs, an introduction to banking, investing for young people, the best books, student loans, scholarships, and more!
The first entry in the series explores the fragile art of commuting — Blanda offers tips on how to save money if you don’t live on campus. Yesterday’s GRS post about how to get the most out of a college job is the second post in the series. Look for more in the next few days!
Kay writes to share her experiences as a frugal grocery shopper:
Your site helps re-affirm my frugal side. Something I’ve been doing, and have been pretty good at it, is stockpiling the sale items. In the SF bay area, Safeway and Albertson’s are the major grocery stores. I watch the sales for items that are very cheap. Most of what I get is on sale for a dollar. OR LESS!
What have I gotten? Well, lots of Hormel chili, but also Kleenex tissues for a buck! Just this week they had Jiffy peanut butter for one dollar a jar! This stuff is normally $3.50 or higher! By doing this for months now, I actually have most of what I need to make anything for dinner! I don’t even need to go to the grocery store to make dinner! It’s awesome. I’ve started call my garage, my free grocery store.
I watch for the new sales — most times they come in the weekly mail filers. I’ll go thru the ad and circle ONLY what I really need at the store. Most times, my grocery bills are about 20 bucks. You should SEE the savings on the grocery receipts, sometimes I save UP TO 54%!!!! I just know I got things for a buck.
Also, by doing this, I have enough food and water to last me and my family and friends during a natural disaster. Something that could be important in earthquake country!
James did some digging and discovered the Get Rich Slowly comments feed, the location of which I had lost. I’ll be sure to share it each time I post an end-of-the-month roundup.
I intentionally steer clear of politics at this site, but I’ve had a couple people send me the following, including Clark, who writes:
Here is a report by Blue Investment Management revealing that “Blue Companies” have outperformed the S&P 500 as well as their “Red” counterparts over the last several years. Reuters, MarketWatch, and MoneyBox have all picked up on it. Blue Investment Management has also launched the Blue Fund. The Blue Fund certainly pertains to your “What Does Money Mean To You?” question; allowing investors to support their social and political interests too.
I’ve written before about socially responsible investing. But surely not all values-based investment opportunities are left-leaning. I’d be curious to know if there are similar “Red Funds” available. (Reminder: this is not meant to provoke political argument.)
Finally, Michelle found the war of the off-brand sodas amusing. If you’re like me, you buy store brand pop in order to save money. But is it a good deal if it really doesn’t taste very good?
That’s it for now. Thanks for all of the contributions. Please feel free to pass along any interesting personal finance tidbits you find.
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