A sad reminder of the times: Cheryl wanted to have a meeting this weekend to review “where everything is kept.” She wants us both to be clear about where we keep account passwords, insurance policies, estate documents, and to establish who we call first in the event of needing help after a severe disability or death.
It’s sickening why we need to have this meeting, but we’ll have it.
On a better note, we have some huge news coming up in the next few weeks. I realize that what’s “HUGE” to me is slightly interesting to maybe 4 people on the internet…but if I haven’t made the usual rounds this week as much as I’d have liked, you’ll see the reason in about nine days (hopefully).
State of the Union
I’m pleased with the progress our little blog has made this month. If you read our Diary, you know that we had a horrible February. March was back on track, and April has been explosive. Something funny? Here’s a reason to keep blogging: we experienced a wave of traffic on Tuesday and I couldn’t figure out why…until a quick trip to Google Analytics made me laugh. It seems that lots of people were reading our I Forgot To File My Taxes article from a year ago. Hmmmm…..can’t figure out why that was so popular.
8 Great Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week, So I’ll Remind You:
When I originally posted this, I hadn’t seen this piece from a friend’s business partner’s spouse. She ran the Boston Marathon and finished about two minutes before the first bomb went off. Here’s her personal story at E2Dietitian’s Blog.
Not so much a post, as it was a movement….I was happy to see Shannon, from The Heavy Purse gather up a large contingent of financial bloggers to write about Financial Literacy Month. Here’s a link to her carnival and all the blogs that took part. We’ll do our part for financial literacy on Monday when we interview Barbara Friedberg on the podcast about her new book, How To Get Rich: Wealth Building Guide for the Financially Illiterate.
At Money Beagle I enjoyed a post about saving money, even though you think you can’t. He recently started shopping at Aldi. Check out the comments in There Are Always Savings Opportunities for another view about Aldi from a reader. Great post and interesting discussion.
eemusings reminded me of the great Cal Newport’s blog while she was commenting on our site last week. He needs a link from me like I need this doughnut in front of me (oops! No longer there….). However, you need to be reading Cal Newport’s work. Check out In Choosing a Job: Don’t Ask “What Are You Good At?”, Instead Ask, “What Are You Willing To Get Good At.”
Speaking of eemusings, I enjoyed reading Love Where You Live: Auckland on her site, NZMuse.
Combining tight, creative prose and financial topics is an art few explore, but Mackenzie at The Random Path both tackles the challenge and succeeds in At Night. Ever stayed up worrying about your bills? This story is for you.
I remember owning a pool growing up. A few days after we moved in, a strange thing happened: people who we hadn’t seen in years suddenly started calling and dropping by. Weird…. Guess what happened two years later when we moved from that house? That’s right…a lot less “drop in” business. How much does a pool really cost? The PoP’s at Planting Our Pennies 2nd installment in their three part series on the topic is called: We Only Have a Pool Because It’s Free. Check out the disgusting comments, too. They’re hilarious.
Our friend Dominique Brown at Your Finances Simplified is buying more rental properties. Like tales of negotiation and intrigue? Okay, maybe it’s light on the intrigue, but Negotiating Rental Property #5 – They Send a Repair Sheet – Dumb Move! is a fitting end to another multi-post story.
I like the way that My Financial Independence Journey features different companies each week on their blog. They’re often fun reads whether you’re interested in the stock or not. I like the thorough analysis. Check out Air Products and Chemicals (APD) Dividend Stock Analysis.
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I’m happy to say a big “howdy!” to Cash Cow Couple. Over the last several weeks Jacob and Vanessa have already written some fun, informative content. Check out Applying Pokemon in Real Life for a good starting point.
Photo: Martin Pettitt