Here are some recent stories I liked from the Money Blog Network (and other personal finance bloggers):
- I’ve written about my quest for paperless personal finance. At 43 Folders, Ryan Norbauer has a guide to a (mostly) paperless life. I’m still enamored with the paperless concept, but actually changing how I do things has proved to be something of a problem. I have familiar routines. Changing these is difficult, so I’m stuck in some sort of half-paper/half-paperless limbo. I’ll get there…
- Jim at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity writes that you are a business — act like one! I think this is an interesting metaphor that can help some people overcome poor personal finance habits. Free Money Finance has a literal example of a person who became a business: one of his readers shares how she learned to make a fortune as a clown/balloon artist. This woman has a medical degree, but gave up a career as a doctor in order to do balloon art instead. I love this story.
- The Christmas shopping season is fast approaching. (It’s actually here, if you go by the displays in the stores.) That means it’s time for personal finance bloggers to offer their seasonal advice. At All Financial Matters, guest-poster Meg writes ’tis the season to be frugal, offering six suggestions for sticking to your holiday budget. The Mighty Bargain Hunter also has his 2007 holiday shopping survival guide. Lastly, Jonathan at My Money Blog asks, “How do you budget for holiday spending?“
- Nickel has some solid advice on funding an IRA when you’re not sure you can afford it. And NCN has some revealing charts that explore what if you make maximum contributions to your retirement plans. These sorts of things always remind me how important it is to start saving now rather than waiting another year or two.
- Finally, Consumerism Commentary looks at 8 secret credit scores you don’t know about.
More later. Right now I’m off to see Blade Runner in the theater! (Some time I should write about the joys of seeing classic films on the big screen. It’s worth every penny to me.)
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