Kris and I had dinner last night with Mandy from Personal Finance 101. Mandy is a personal finance coach and the most active member of the Get Rich Slowly discussion forums. (She posts there more than I do!) Mandy’s money classes sound awesome. I hope to sit in on one in the future.
Here’s the weekly look at highlights from around the Money Blog Network (and beyond):
- The Mighty Bargain Hunter had a response to our recent discussion here about the not-so-big house. “Our houses are bigger, but not that much bigger,” he writes. He’s really taking issue with misleading charts and graphs, however, and I agree with him 100%. I’ve stumbled across several awful visual lies lately. This one is by far the worst.
- No Credit Needed writes about how he lives without credit cards. He has a simple system for living on a budget. I lived without a personal credit card for nearly a decade. It’s not difficult!
- Flexo was drawn to the same Newsweek article that I was. (If I’d had more time, I would have written about this last week.) The magazine reports that former big-spenders are trading down, becoming less concerned with luxury for luxury’s sake.
- Free Money Finance explores the notion that your friends and neighbors help determine your financial health. I’ve noticed this in my own life. Especially when we were younger, Kris and I would buy things just because our friends had. This is “keeping up with the Joneses” made real. It’s not a conscious thing usually, but very real nonetheless. We seem to have escaped this over the past couple years.
- Jim has some advice on what to do if a bank error is not in your favor.
- Nickel does some further exploration into Roth IRA conversions in 2010.
- JLP at All Financial Matters has some advice on protecting your assets should you end up in court.
- At Pick the Brain, Peter explains how to sell yourself (and why your career depends on it). This is a topic I’ve been reading about a lot lately, and one I’ll write on in the future. Self-promotion is not a bad thing; in fact, it can be an important component of success.
It’s cold and rainy here in Portland. Perfect weather for writing about personal finance while watching football!
This article is about Spare Change