Ok, I don’t think 1.5 months is chronic, but I’m worried that the pain in my neck (no, not my wife) is here to stay. The muscles that go from my shoulder blade to my neck and down to my collarbone are so tensed you could probably strum a melody on them. First it started on my right side in August and it has now added the left side. Personally, I think I just need a good upper-back massage, but then again, I know what happened the last time I got a massage (hint: herniated disks).
Anyway, here’s a late roundup since we were in PA again this weekend for my niece’s 5th birthday. And in just a few weeks will be our 5th anniversary! While we’re going on a big trip to Israel in mid-November, I guess that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate on our actual anniversary date too.
From the Personal Finance Network
If you forgot already, I’m part of a little, semi-formal network of fellow personal finance bloggers called the Personal Finance Network. We formed a group to help each other stay accountable with our content, promote our sites, share ideas and publish group writing projects.
– While Squawkfox is recovering from knee surgery, her husband posted a good article on buying digital cameras. Since I want a new one before our Israel trip, I’ll be using this advice.
– Now that I’m looking into investments other than our 401k and Roth IRA accounts, I have to worry about investment costs. So it’s good that Four Pillars wrote up 9 easy ways to save money on investment costs.
– Feeling sluggish? Well MoneyNing is giving away Starbucks gift cards! And while we’re talking about expensive coffee, check out his article about why we end up paying more when better options are available.
– How do I pick mutual funds? Almost randomly I guess. Maybe I should read Canadian Capitalists quick list for picking a winning mutual fund before I buy more next time.
– While I initially did a double-take at the title, I realized Blunt Money is right that credit cards are not for emergency use. In my mind, you could easily get financially lazy and even irresponsible if you just think “I can put the new furnace on the CC” instead of saving up when you know you’ll need a new one soon.
From my Personal Finance Reader List
NEWS ALERT! First, I must sadly pass on that Dawn at Frugal for Life has called it quits. She was one of my favorite frugality blogs. While I disagree that there can never be too many voices espousing frugality on the web, I’ll respect her decision to leave the PF blog community. Hopefully she leaves her site up though!
– I’d be interested to know your opinions of Million Dollar Journey’s list of 8 essential baby toys. I know the baby carrier (Baby Bjorn) was a lifesaver for our friends, and they seem to like the Bumbo too. What about the rest?
– Ok, I’ve spent inordinate amounts of money at restaurants like Fogo de Chao, but I don’t think I ever considered spending $40 on a bottle of water like Budgets are Sexy did. At least he offered to share it with me. I said we should make grape Koolaid with it (my favorite!).
– I only counted 38.74, but Jim said he has 40 money tips for college students at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity. Go ahead, count em!
– I’m not sure if there will be a week that The Simple Dollar won’t be on my roundup, and this week is no exception. Trent populates my brain with the 12 biggest finance mistakes we keep making.
– Dual Income No Kids shows us the brand new dollar bill!
– With an excellent opening story, Wise Bread helps us separate the wants from the needs.
– And finally, Don’t Mess with Taxes ponders whether the home sale tax exclusion helped kill the economy (you know, the one where you don’t pay taxes on your home sale profits).