I can't very well ignore the news about Osama Bin Laden and write about the royal wedding or the NFL draft today. This news has consumed me like few other events in my lifetime. I didn't even stay as glued to the television during 9/11 - I had to get out and walk around. I didn't stay glued to the election that went all night - I knew it would be sorted out eventually. This feels differently newsworthy. I think it's because it's one of the few pieces of news that everyone seems happy about. There are some folks who are more tempered and reflective and to a large degree I share that. It's not like this is the end of terrorism. I'm sure that every news and commentary outlet has covered everything that can possible said... I don't have much more to add.
I made a big deal out of the NFL draft over the weekend. As potentially the only run football activity that may happen for some time, it was a particularly important time for me. The dreams of many men came true that day and football fans everywhere are rejuvenated with hope. The days where I can tease Gen X Finance's Jeremy Vohwinkle about his Lions likely came to an end.
I made some draft predictions on Thursday before the draft on what my hometown team, the New England Patriots would do. I missed about as badly as every professional prognosticator in thinking that the Patriots would draft someone on defense to boost the front 7. They avoided them like the plague until the 6th round. Coach Bill Belichick suggested that with everyone focused on those players, it freed up top players at the other positions that they took. That makes some sense. Those who wear rose-colored glasses could make an argument that the Patriots got 4 first round quality players in Solder, Dowling, Mallett, and Cannon. Mallett and Cannon were projected to be 2nd rounders, but fell down the draft due to character issues and a (treatable) cancer diagnosis respectively. It has been a polarizing draft for analyst to judge since most agree they got talent, but not necessarily at positions they needed it at. Sporting News gave them an A+ and FoxSports gave them a D. Over the next three years or so, we'll find out who was right. This is part of the reason the NFL draft is interesting.
Before I get to the links, I suggest you come back later today for a little contest. I'm going to give you a chance to invest some of my money. The person who comes up with the best idea that I actually use, with get $25 in some form (Paypal, Amazon or Ebay gift card, I haven't decided).
Here are the links:
- Brip Blap posts how to kill creativity.
- Digerati Life on how to fight the urge to splurge.
- Frugal Dad presents 7 money saving vacation websites (after you purchase your tickets.)
- Generation X Finance says don’t treat your 401(k) like a savings account.
- Million Dollar Journey discusses types of stock chart patterns.
- Money Smart Life compares 30 year mortgage vs 15 year mortgage.
- My Dollar Plan explains how much my stimulus money added to the national debt.
- The Sun’s Financial Diary says laddering CDs can add liquidity and return.
Top PF Posts:
- Free Money Finance on when to ask and not ask for a raise.
- The Smarter Wallet asks when you retire, would you move for financial reasons?
- Mighty Bargain Hunter says I don’t like being frugal. But I love the results.
- Blogging Away Debt posts the $30 grocery budget.
- Saving Advice gives a reminder of what matters.
- Girls Just Wanna Have Funds presents New job? 6 ways to make yourself indispensable.
- Not Made on Money shares 7 tricks to increase your savings without decreasing your lifestyle.
- One Frugal Girl says a coat of paint makes everything better.
- FruGal blogs the big money mistake most couples make.
- Len Penzo dot Com writes it could be worse: 9 everyday items more expensive than gasoline.
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