I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day. I would wish everyone a happy one, but it just doesn’t seem to fit the occasion. I’m pushing back my typical Memorial Day BBQ plans to go to a friend’s house to watch the Celtics-Heat game later this evening. (Update: I was a little slow in getting this out, the game didn’t go as well as I hoped.) Tomorrow, I’ll catch up on the missed BBQ opportunity by making some pulled pork from my friend’s recipe at GenXFinance. In the meantime, here are some things that I’m thinking before I get to the personal finance links.
- Looking into Green Cars – My car is currently 11 years old. I’m going with the Tom Brady school of optimism that it has just as many years left. Since that may not match reality, I’m preparing myself by looking into what my next car would be. This time, I’d like to buy something that is lightly
useddepreciated rather than new. I really like the idea of the new plug in hybrids often abbreviated (PHEVs). The Chevy Volt is one example that is aleady on the market. The Ford C-Max Energi is coming out later this year and that has caught my eye as a good mix of energy efficient savings with a family size car. I hope to expand on this with a more complete article in the coming weeks.
- Ultrabooks in Focus – When I’m not thinking about those green cars, I’m looking into Ultrabooks. Those are the thin and light laptops that Intel is pushing. Asus has a Zenbook Prime coming in a month or so that looks to be leap-frog anything else out there by a significant margin. I got a chance to look at a earlier version at the Microsoft Store in Palo Alto yesterday and it was impressive. The Microsoft Store itself was impressive. At twice the size of the Apple Store next door, it was packed.
- The Mess that is Hewlett-Packard – This article on how crazy HP’s management is simply amazing to me. It’s amazing that a company with dozens of billions in revenue would have employees bringing home their trash because they cut back on the pick-up. No wonder webOS couldn’t advance smartphones and tablets – it didn’t get a shot.
And now for the Personal Finance Links:
- Digerati Life discusses 7 ways to deal with spousal debt.
- My Dollar Plan goes over 5 ways to save money when your spouse is a spender.
- Million Dollar Journey says cut the cable: watch TV for less.
- Free From Broke talks about how to get your spouse more involved in the family finances.
- Five Cent Nickel asks is it time to switch to LED lightbulbs?
- Len Penzo dot Com wonders when is not stopping payment on a lost check worth the risk?
- Dough Roller gives 3 reasons to cheer a market drop.
- Money Crush on financial leverage.
- Bargaineering teaches with how “not to be a jerk” haggling guide.
- Made a tax mistake? Make amends! says Don’t Mess With Taxes.