This morning, Kris and I signed our divorce papers. (They won’t be filed until I’ve been approved for health insurance, however.) Tomorrow, she and I fly to Buenos Aires to begin three weeks exploring South America together.
We’re both looking forward to this as a chance to test whether our friendship can be strong even after marriage. Many folks think we’re making a huge mistake, but we think things will be fine. Still, I have a back-up plan. If at any point Kris decides she’d rather I were elsewhere, I’ll jet to Lima, the city from which our final flight departs in a few weeks.
Because we’re traveling, my presence here may be a little light. But when I return in March, as promised, I intend to be more active on the blog than I have in months — or years. We’ll kick that off with the third annual GRS video contest!
Now it’s time to look at some other personal finance stories from around the web.
First up, resident GRS economist (and forums supervisor) Stephen wrote to tell me that he has three Turbotax Premier Online prepaid codes we can give away. If you’d like a code, comment below. I’ll contact the first three people who respond (provided your e-mail address is real and I can reach you) to set you up with your codes. Please don’t respond if you don’t plan to use the software. (And I have no idea if it’s any good. I’ve never used it before.) Update: All codes are gone. Thanks!
Next, Beth from Smart Green Media pointed me to an interview with philosopher Jacob Needleman. For those who complained that my post on Monday was “philosophy lite”, you may enjoy Needleman’s take on the relationship between money and meaning.
Staying philosophical, Nelson and Canadian Finance Blog wonders how many of your Needs are actually Needs? I’d argue that the things Nelson picks on are obviously wants (travel, cell phones, Netflix), but his larger point still stands: If you’re struggling to make ends meet, it’s time to cut things from your budget, even if they’re things you use and love every day.
Over at Pocketmint, Karawynn — the woman who inspired me to start blogging over a decade ago — has spent the past few weeks exploring what she calls the conflict-free family budget. In the first part of this series, Karawynn explains why a new system was needed. In part two, she describes the plan as she and her partner implemented it. Next, she reveals how the plan worked for her family. And in the final part, published yesterday, she discusses how to customize the plan to your situation.
Finally, my friend Amy writes a wine blog. She recently partnered with Erin Chase from $5 Dinners to produce a free e-book entitled Dinner and Wine for $20 or Less. Sounds like a winning (and tasty) combination to me!
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