It is Sunday again and after the breathless speed of the week it is time for reflection. I am finding it harder to decide which posts to include: most blogs I follow publish interesting, well written articles. My experience with difficult choices tells me that when the going gets tough a good way out is to make the criteria more stringent. Today, the principled money posts of the week are the ones that made me think most and/or made me change my perspective on things. Let’s rock, peeps.
Bucksome Boomer is refreshingly to the point again this week by setting out ‘4 Don’t When Leaving Your Job’. Apart from the double negative that I found confusing at first, but soon forgot about, this post made me think about two things. First, if we are not leaving but being sacked is it acceptable to blame co-workers, bad mouth the organisation and send a goodbye message that tells everyone exactly how we feel? And second, this made me remember that a colleague of mine got a position in another university and sent around a message announcing that he is ‘so glad to be out of this sh*thole’; four years later he is back in the ‘sh*thole’ on double the salary. Then again, some workplaces can be funny like that.
For some time now I have been puzzling over how to decide whether I really want something or not. Forget about needs and wants: as humans we are defined by our wants so we should master these. This week Budgets are Sexy provided an answer that is both beautiful and simple. J$’s mom uses the ‘am I going to be upset if this breaks’ test – if the answer is ‘yes’ it is worth buying, if it is ‘no’ just don’t bother. Try it! It works like a dream.
This week, Control You Cash published two analytical posts. As usual they didn’t disappoint: the combination of analytical rigour and sarcastic wit is something I do find irresistible. My favourite for this week, though, is The Poorer Aren’t Getting Poorer. They are Getting Stupider. Breaking the ‘imagined’ causality between generational financial situations and pointing to the need for younger people to wake up to their responsibilities and actions is long overdue.
Money is the Root this week is firmly a favourite of mine. I am no miser and I am not miserable; quite the reverse: I have always been known to be generous and sociable. When it comes to Christmas I seem to undergo a transformation; never have been able to understand what the big fuss is about and why I am expected to buy presents for half of Europe. I love the Christmas tree, the decorations, the nice family meal, the relaxed atmosphere and the old movies. Buying a mountain of stuff that is not needed or wanted, and is pretty useless to boot, and receiving the same I can’t abide. This week there is some practical advice on how to limit the downsides of Christmas. I would have gone for more dramatic solution but this one will have to do…for now.
Prairie Eco Thrifter also marked a break with a trend; this of associating retirement only with having hefty investment portfolio and income comparable, or even exceeding, the one we have now. Miss T. draws attention to staying active (in body and spirit) and letting out one’s creativity. Retirement is becoming a concern of mine. If I listen to the Government I have about twenty years till then; can I bring this forward, I wonder. What would I do? I’ll spend time with the gypsies in Spain and I’ll write the novel I know is inside me.
Money Cactus has been doing this really cool, interesting thing. He interviews bloggers. Last week he interviewed Kylie Ofiu – impressive! Both the interview and Kylie (Kylie, I hope you become a millionaire by 30).
The Frugal Toad shares some really practical and interesting tips to get your children to enjoy Christmas without re-mortgaging your house. I’ll be trying at least six of those.
Shall we continue or shall we let it go? This is a question that we ask ourselves and find it hard to answer. Cash Flow Mantra has decided – his Options Dude website will be left to perish. Brave decision, Dude!
My University Money is very topical with Where to Look for Your Next Job. Good, sound advice, this is and universally applicable at that. Whether you will find a job if you look properly, is another matter. In the UK at present too many people are looking and too few are finding.
If you don’t mind white food The Jenny Pincher has exactly what you need: a recipe for White Chicken Chilli . Hot, hot, hot!
Cents to Save offers another lesson in frugality. This week she had to tackle some half rotten zucchini (over here we call them courgettes; it is true that we are countries divided by language) and some beef stew . All done and on my side lesson learned. Thanks.
Oscar Wilde wrote about the importance of being earnest; Aaron Hung this week writes about the importance of being consistent . Both are right! I think that Aaron certainly knows more about blogging, though.
This is it for this week, peeps. Till next week!