I first want to apologize for the lack of updates in the past week. I knew it was going to be a busy week, but I never expected all of this to happen at once. First, the good news. It looks like our first child is on the way. It has been an incredibly exciting and busy week once we found out. Since it is our first, there will be a lot of new experiences going on, so it will be interesting to see how well I can juggle everything. But, the good news is I should finally have some first hand experience that will provide some money saving tips when having a child to write about.
But with the good news comes the bad. This week I was also diagnosed with keratoconus. It is a degenerative disease of the cornea on my eye that makes it difficult to see. Right now, it’s only my left eye, but it makes sitting at the computer quite unpleasant. It was a bit shocking because this condition developed rapidly over the course of just a few weeks. Through my left eye, it is almost like looking through a window coated with vasoline while the right eye is fine. This is a great way to get headache when you’re trying to focus on and read text. I’m going to be trying some special contact lenses next week to try and fix the problem, but it is probably going to require a cornea transplant. I hope this can be put off for quite some time, but we’ll have to see what happens.
So, as you can see, I’ve had a pretty busy and stressful week. Because of this, I’m still entertaining guest posts. I had a few submitted last week, and I appreciate it. Just contact me if you have an idea for a post.
Plug Spending Leaks by Dropping Unnecessary Subscriptions – All of those little monthly expenses really add up. Five dollars a month here, ten dollars a month there, and before you know it, you’ve got a few hundred dollars dripping out of your bank account with little to show for it. Plug those leaks and put money in your pocket.
4 Reasons Why Index Investing May Not Be for You -All we hear about is buying index funds and holding for the long run. Now, there is a good reason for this strategy, but even so, that doesn’t mean it is perfect for everyone. Here are 4 reasons why you might want to look beyond index investing.
Going Back to School? Here Are Some Tips That Helped Me -It’s back to school time, and that means a lot of young adults are entering the real world for the first time. Everyone could use some good money tips to get off to a good start.
How to Install a Programmable Thermostat -I’ve been thinking about installing one of these in our house, but I’ve always been afraid it would be overly complicated and I’d mess something up. Thanks to Frugal Dad’s guide, I think I’d be able to do it!
How to Register For Wedding Gifts: A Guide to Maximizing Your Wedding Registry -We received a lot of great gifts at our wedding, but we probably could have planned a little better when creating our registry. We still have some stuff in boxes from the wedding that have never been opened.
College Student Finance Tips -Choosing to go to college is a very important decision that comes with many pros and cons both financially and beyond. Brip Blap has a few things to consider before you take your first step.
FDIC Problem Banks List Grew to 117 Last Quarter -Think IndyMac was the last major bank failure of the year? According to the growing list of problem banks, I wouldn’t be so sure. Don’t worry, FDIC doesn’t have enough money to cover all the possible failures, so you can sleep easier knowing that you’ll be on the hook with your tax dollars to bail more people out.
10 College Money Myths -You hear a lot of information and advice when it comes to college, but how many of them are actually true? Madison has compiled a list of 10 of the most common college money myths.
How Much Do You Need To Save For College? – A college education is expensive. If you think the inflation on groceries and gas price increases are bad, you haven’t seen anything. College costs are rising at a record pace, so determining how much you need to save today for college tomorrow is very important.
How To Get Out Of Debt: An Illustrated Guide To Debt Reduction -If you’re a visual learner like me, you’ll appreciate this illustrated guide to debt reduction. It really puts things into perspective in a way that words sometimes can’t.
Don’t be Scared of Your Portfolio! -I get this a lot when I meet with clients. Most admit they are just too afraid to look at their investment accounts right now. While I think not looking is better than looking and freaking out, you still shouldn’t be afraid to look and understand why your account is doing what it’s doing.
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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and spent a few years working as a financial planner. Today, he helps people make the most of their money by writing about personal finance here and elsewhere on the web. Jeremy is also Coach at Adaptu and a regular contributor for other publications such as Intuit, and American Express. Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Google+.