Whenever I'm driving, I hand my wife navigating duty. I'm directionally challenged and I know it. Well, she'll make a comment that there's a "big sign" coming up for me to follow and I look for the physically large sign. It took me a long time to catch on that I need to interpet that "big sign" as important. Well, I was going to say that this was a big week, but to avoid any confusion, I'll clarify that as being an important week.
Before I get on to the important parts for me, I'd like to take a minute to recognize Ted Kennedy. Though I grew up in Massachusetts, I never followed politics growing up. Even in my 20's, I figure that I'm better off focusing on getting my own house in order (getting a good job, finding love, etc.) before I think about the rest of the nation. So it's now, that I'm learning all the things that Ted Kennedy did even before I was born. I found that his amazing work had been obscured by all the jokes in the morning shows of the local radio stations. Even here in San Francisco, on the day his death was announced, a radio station played one of their old Ted Kennedy jokes. Sad.
With his passing this week, I feel like a heel to realize all the acts he did for the less fortunate: the eldery, the disabled - all can say that their life was improved by Ted Kennedy. And that's nothing that morning radio stations should be joking about.
Getting into the important parts of this week, I'd go with these (not in any obvious order):
- Being sick all week made me lethargic enough. Add that to the heat wave in Silicon Valley and I think I set new standards in Laziness. I feel like I got nowhere.
- I was told that the contracting job that I've been on for 6 months now, is coming to close Sept. 11th. Creepy that it's the second time I was due to get the ax due to budget cuts on Sept 11th. The first was in 2001. Considering the amount of work left to be done, I think this might be delayed as well.
- MonaVie is Threatening to Sue Me - That's enough to double my workload as I look to A) Fight it and B) Capitalize on any publicity opportunity I can. (As it's it a good news story for a one person shop standing up to a company.)
All this means that I was a little behind on my budgeting week last week, so you are likely to get a few more budgeting weeks there.
In the meantime, let me get to the links:
- Brip Blap writes two posts on lying in the workplace. Start with that one and read the second also!
- Digerati Life shares a work at home mom's tips on saving money.
- Frugal Dad says keep your child out of debt - alternative options to save big on textbooks.
- Generation X Finances makes moving easy "“ how to save money, time, and reduce stress while moving.
- Here's the trouble with reward points posted by Million Dollar Journey.
- Money Smart Life on preventing college student identity theft.
- Check out these budget travel tips by My Dollar Plan.
- The Sun's Financial Diary says "when it rains, it pours."
Best Financial Posts:
- Free Money Finance gives tips on the best way to produce your resume.
- Mighty Bargain Hunter asks what do you do when someone has priced an item way too low?
- Consumer Commentary blogs are you sure your credit card still works?
- Rich Credit Debt Loan offers this advice on getting out of debt.
- Debt Free Forever gives some recommendations on budget percentages and guidelines.
- All Financial Matters shares this student loan sob story.
- Moolanomy's story of how I went 15 rounds with my credit card company "“ and won!
- Not Made of Money asks are generic products as good as the brand names?
- Here's a guide of how to shop at an estate sale by Get Rich Slowly.
- Beating Broke writes my wife quit her job!
- saving money the old fashioned way... with a wad full of coupons by One Frugal Girl.
- Money Crashers blogs when should you sell your home to improve your financial situation?
- Saving to Invest posts the rich not getting richer after all - I don't think so!
- Early Retirement Extreme asks can I retire on X dollars?
- Pay Less For Food offers this little known secret to buying cookbooks at insanely cheap prices.
- Conquering the world on a budget by Frugal Bachelor.
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