What an amazingly productive week I’ve had — and it’s only Tuesday! After two weeks off to care for personal matters, it feels great to be back in the swing of things. I’ve written a lot, and read even more. It seems to me there’s always more to learn and share about personal finance. I have the best job in the world! (Well, aside from this perhaps.)

Here are some recent financial articles from around the web, for example:

First up, Mrs. Micah is holding Where’s My Money Going? Month. She writes: “I’m challenging readers (and myself) to track spending manually for 28 days.” Her goal is to encourage participants to take a closer look at their spending patterns. If you’ve been meaning to begin tracking your spending, now’s the time!

At the ever-popular Boing Boing (a perennial internet favorite), guest-poster Charles Platt writes about Life at Wal-Mart. After reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed, something about her story didn’t ring true. He decided to get a job at Wal-Mart, too, and though the job was tedious, it wasn’t the hell that Ehrereich made it out to be. Interesting stuff, as are the hundreds of comments that follow his story.

Amy Jo sent me a story from The New York Times, which claims that our love affair with malls is on the rocks. David Segal writes: “There are roughly 1,500 malls in the United States, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, many of them ailing, some of them being converted into office buildings, and others closing their doors for good.” One cannot help but believe that we’re experiencing a seismic shift in American values. I’m not convinced that’s a bad thing.

Jesse pointed me to a piece from Reader’s Digest that offers 29 ways to save money during the recession. This article provides advice on taxes, checking and savings, debt, insurance, and retirement. It’s a solid round-up of smart financial advice.

Finally, and on a sadder note, the best salesman in the world, Joe Ades, died on Sunday. Rest in peace, Joe.

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