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Weekend Personal Finance Review

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It's a sunny day here in Silicon Valley and I should be out picnicing, but I just find myself attached to my computer.

  • It seems, from Money, Matter, and More Musings' questioning, a number of you have problems with personal finance link-fests, like this one. Some of you said that you have feed readers and read all this anyway. I know I can't keep up with the 500+ personal finance blogs, so I appreciate these lists, bringing the best of the best to me. By the way, if there's anything that you don't like about this, please tell me. I can't improve without feedback.
  • Binary Dollar has a post about saving money while driving. I was going to write an article on this myself, because I'm a serial coaster. Rule #1 of coasting is to make sure that you aren't holding up someone behind you. I also hate breaking on the highway when traffic isn't heavy. My daily commute has a large stretch of highway and the last mile to work leads to a great coasting experience.
  • Generation X Finance wrote a tremendous article on The Top 5 Ways to Become a Millionaire. I linked to this earlier in the week, but it's good enough to read twice. And of course I didn't want you to miss it.
  • If you've been reading Lazy Man and Money long enough, you'll know that I love passive income. Sun's Financial Diary loves passive income as well. Here are his top dividend-paying ETFs and stocks
  • Ben of MoneySmartLife reports that credit cards are getting kinder. It's hard to imagine them getting less kind... I'm hoping that universal default is banned - it's one of my bigger pet peeves.
  • The Digerati Life gives 5 tips to evaluate your portfolio performance. I have to admit that I don't do this often. Much of my stock holdings is in the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index that she mentions. It's easy to check against the benchmark, when it is the benchmark.
  • Mighty Bargain Hunter has a list of Top 5 Ways to Kill Your Retirement Dreams. There are a couple of links of off each step and I found myself drawn to those as much as I was the Top 5 list.
  • Free Money Finance has 18 Ways to Save on a Small Income. If you follow all these and aren't saving money, there's something definitely wrong.
  • Five Cent Nickel tells us why Credit Cards are better than Debit Cards. I almost never use debit cards and try to collect rewards on my credit cards. I even have a few different credit cards to earn the maximum rewards for every type of purchase.

Posted on May 12, 2007.

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6 Responses to “Weekend Personal Finance Review”

  1. Most of the people complaining about linkfests or weekly roundups over at Money, Matter, and More Musings are fellow bloggers. Guess what? I don’t really write my roundups for them. In fact, other bloggers are a tiny part of my total audience.

    To be honest, I’ve never really understood when people complain about stuff like this… If you don’t want to read a certain article, then don’t. The fact that it was published doesn’t shouldn’t really annoy you, and it certainly doesn’t hurt you. After all, you can just skip it.

  2. Lazy Man says:

    That was an excellent point that most people not liking the links are other bloggers. I know I love when Lifehacker gives links from Ask Metafilter, as I don’t follow the site normally. However, when they highlight something, it’s usually pretty good.

  3. Anne says:

    I’m not a blogger and I appreciate the link-fests. I started reading one personal finance blog a few months ago, and from there I found others. I prefer to find new blogs through article recommendations, rather than through blogrolls. Also, what my favorite bloggers like is usually pretty much in line with what I’ll like, so it’s nice to be able to get that sort of specialized list. Thanks!

  4. plonkee says:

    I prefer linkfests like these that have comments. Even though I’ve probably read the post before, its nice to have other people’s opinion or summary.

  5. Plus6 says:

    Having been a personal finance blog reader for a while, and just starting a blog, I can speak from both sides. I enjoy reading the weekly roundups as it typically gives light to well done posts. Many times I would have otherwise missed the post. Keep up the good work!

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