This week’s links come early due to the fact that I’ve recently been battling the stomach flu. I’d prefer to run these over the weekend, however today is your lucky day as they’ve been bumped up due to my illness!
This week was a great one for personal finance around the web. The entire month of April is Financial Literacy Month, which means everyone is kicking it into overdrive to bring awesome personal finance content to the web.
I’ve gotten a ton of great feedback on my “The Real Price Of Spending While In Debt: $6.25 Footlong!” If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, please do. Most of all, thanks for the exciting feedback!
I was really surprised at the great content from the various blog carnivals this week. I discovered several great blogs I had not yet seen and initiated conversations with many other fascinating bloggers. I participated in the following carnivals this week:
- Carnival of Personal Finance: World Record Edition
- Carnival of Debt Reduction No. 185: The Charles Dickens Debtor’s Prison Edition
- The Money Hacks Carnival: April Fool’s Day Edition
- Festival of Frugality: The “Hey I’m Hosting” Edition
- Carnival of Pecuniary Delights No. 1: The Madeline Hatter Pecuniary Art Edition
My Favorite Links
- Trent over at The Simple Dollar was on fire this week! I really enjoyed his Synergy in Life and Money post, which outlined an internal dilemma I fight with constantly. He also started one of my favorite series of the last few months with the first three posts A Reasonable Courtship, A Reasonable Engagement, and A Reasonable Honeymoon. I can’t wait for the “weddings” and “marriage” posts coming soon.
- J.D. at Get Rich Slowly had a guest post from Chett Daniel of 5k5k.org, entitled What Fourth Graders “Know” About Money. With my wife being a teacher, I really connected with the content.
- Frugal Dad posted the article What Is A Good FICO Score Good For?, which outlined why sometimes obsessing over your credit score will throw your other financial goals under the bus.
- Moolanomy had a very detailed breakdown of saving for college using 529’s and ESA’s.
- Jim at Bargaineering posted about one of my favorite foods to make from scratch, Making You Own Pizza Dough! I stongly suggest using wheat flour and making a thinner crust. Mmmmmmmmm.
- The Digerati Life had a great guest post concerning Credit Card companies changing terms, benefits, and rewards. Yet another reason I’ve canceled my credit cards.
- My friend Trevor of The Financial Nut convinced me to finally create a NetWorthIQ profile with his article, NetWorthIQ: A Fun And Easy Way To Track Your Net Worth.
- Pecuniarities detailed why Slowing Down Makes Sense: Drive Safely Safe More Than Money. Something I’ve been trying to do more and more.
- NCN had a great overview of overdraft fees and how to avoid them.
- MyMoneyMinute posted an interview with the people behind moneyStrands, a new online personal finance product I’m very interested in checking out.
April Fool’s Jokes
There were a lot of websites that were “sold” or “up for sale” this past April 1st. I guess I should have gone that route since my April Fool’s Joke fell flat on its face. My favorite by far was at www.ThinkYourWayToWealth.com. He mixed thought and humor well, without trying too hard (like me).
Last, but not least… Personal Finance Hour!
I’m a big fan of the Personal Finance Hour put on by Jim Wang and J.D. Roth. This weeks full audio can be heard here, which concentrated on emergency funds. Next weeks show is on “balance”, a topic that is near and dear to anyone who tends to be a little obsessive about their passions (anyone have a mirror?).
Hope everyone had a good week, I know I did. I’m excited to see the new content that comes out as Financial Literacy Week continues to roll along. Don’t forget to subscribe to Man Vs. Debt to get free updates!