September sure does seem to be flying by, but it’s probably just because I’ve been so busy lately. There is a lot going on as we prepare to close on our new house and move next week. Nothing like trying to pack everything up, go through the motions of working with the lender to try and get everything ready to go, and trying to do a little home renovation in an attempt to make the existing house a little more attractive when it’s time to sell. Buying and selling a house is a lot of work. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, but it will be more than worth it once we’re finally settled in.
So, in an attempt to keep this short and sweet so that I can get back to parking I’ll just give you the finance links for the week. If you can find time to squeeze in some reading between all of the football this weekend it will be worth it.
How Not to Pay Off Debt – Did you know there are right ways and wrong ways to pay off debt? We all know how important it is to reduce the amount of debt you carry, but there are also some debt repayment techniques that can ultimately do more harm than good. Here’s what you look out for.
Taking Baby Steps Towards Financial Goals – Not too long ago I wrote about financial goals and while I didn’t highlight baby steps that much it is an important thing to consider. Taking smaller steps can increase your chances of success because you aren’t trying to bite off more than you can chew and then getting discouraged when you don’t reach your goal right away. So, start taking baby steps towards your financial goals today.
Costs of Raising Children â€’ Kid Expenses Continued – Raising children can be expensive. It’s also one of those things that is hard to imagine until you actually have children of your own to pay for. So, if you’re expecting a new child or are planning on having children, you should take a look at this post to get an idea of what kind of added expenses you might need to plan for.
PineCone Research Sign Up Link Is Back – Want to make some money from home? PineCone Research might be for you. They only open their enrollment to their program occasionally, so if you’d like to spend some time doing online surveys and get paid for it, now is the time to sign up before registration closes.
Five Lessons I Learned From My Own Frugal Dad – Frugal Dad features a guest post from someone who shares his own experiences of having a frugal dad himself. It’s always interesting to see what people learn from their parents and then apply it to your own life.
Why You Shouldnâ€™t Worry About Your Childrenâ€™s Future – How’s that for a provocative headline? Your children are your pride and joy and you almost certainly want the best for them in the future, but should you really spend time worrying about it?
How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient – Winter will be here for most of us before we know it, and that means colder temperatures and higher heating bills. Thankfully, there is still some time to help make your home more energy efficient and save big bucks.
Debt Settlement Companies: Friend or Foe? – We all know there’s no such thing as a free lunch, especially when it comes to paying off debt, but can debt settlement companies really work? Learn more about these companies and whether they are worth considering or not.
Personal Finance for Couples- How to Start the Finance Discussion With Your Significant Other? – Managing money in a relationship can be quite stressful for both parties. Other than sex it’s one of the main sources of an argument in a relationship. So, here’s how you can start the discussion with your significant other without making a big deal out of it.
MonaVie Employee Calls Me an â€śAnnoying Doucheâ€ť – As if it wasn’t bad enough that MonaVie is trying to bully blogs that don’t praise their scammy product, now they have employees going around and leaving comments on these blogs calling people names. Welcome back to 6th grade Stay classy, MonaVie.
My Plan to Beat the Lending Club, Peer-to-Peer Investing Average – You may already know, but I’m a big fan of Lending Club as it is. I’ve had great success with my lending and the returns are very good. But let’s go one step further and see how Steadfast Finances plans on beating the average returns.
How I Scored a Big Labor Day Deals Without Shopping – How would you like to score a few big deals without even going shopping? Well, you can. Here is Michael Rubin talking about his Labor Day weekend and how he saved money with little effort and no shopping.
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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorÂ® 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+.