Around and About the Web

Okay, let’s try one more time to launch the proposed exciting roundup.

First: Once again Funny made it into the Carnival of Personal Finance. At Money, Life and More, Lance kindly included the rumination comparing our parents’ income and expenses with those of us moderns.

FREEBIE ALERT!!!!!

Today and tomorrow only, get a free download of Get Out of Debt Like the Debt Heroes: How 21 Ordinary People Paid Off Over $1.7 Million in Debt, by Ben Edwards (Money Smart Life) & Jeff Rose (Good Financial Sense).

At NZ Muse, eemusings posts a very interesting article about the arranged marriage one of her best friends is about to enter. Some of the comments are also extremely interesting.

Free Money Finance offers a nicely nuanced piece about the many decisions awaiting young people an their parents when it comes to choosing a college.

At My Personal Finance Journey, Jacob discusses  pros and cons of the several tax-advantaged investment instruments other than the IRA, the 401(k), and the 403(b). None of them are exactly what you’d call aggressive, but they certainly are worth knowing about in the context of your overall investment plan.

If you have to care for someone in your family — or think you will have to, in the near future — you should read Lynn Johnson’s eye-opening post describing a way to be paid as a caregiver without risking your loved one’s Medicaid eligibility.

101 Centavos has made a surprising discovery about a low-cost way of enhancing your home’s value, and, on the side, making it more enjoyable while you’re living in it.

Revanche donated her long locks, which she recently had cut short. Now she’s contemplating how to make other biological kinds of donations.

Holy mackerel! At Afford Anything, Paula is having a frenzy of great posts! Cruise over there and take a look, starting with today’s post on the question of paying off the mortgage.

Over at Antinecktie, Jesse has found a program that helps you learn another language, and along the way he translates the maker’s business model, in spades.

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff calculates ways to cut the budget some more.

Five-Cent Nickel has the obligatory springtime post on how to save money on your taxes…which reminds me, I’ve got to get off my duff and go stand in line at the post office to ship off this year’s check to the state. One thing I could do without is having to pay $5 to mail returns return-receipt-requested!

What’s a Larabar? Apparently Nicoleandmaggie think the things are indispensable. :-D

Abby and DH get their taxes done for a reasonable price. If I’m not mistaken, their CPA is the same as mine. Yes!

Money Beagle reveals all! Or rather…reveals the secret of beating long lines at the Costco gas pumps.

Evan is mad as a hornet about his 401(k). See why at My Journey to Millions.

In the amazing department, check out Pauline’s investment in the coconut farm at Reach Financial Independence.

At Planting Our Pennies, Mrs. PoP discusses the strategies of spending money to save money.

And, appropriately enough for the end-point of this post, at Surviving and Thriving, Donna Freedman talks about dying.

 

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nicoleandmaggie March 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

A larabar is like manna from heaven when you can’t eat wheat or unbalanced sugars. It’s basically a bar made out of ground nuts and dried fruits. Think a cereal bar, but with nuts instead of cereal and more like 200 calories. Also they’re about $1 each. Worth it if you’re eating for two on a limited diet.

funny March 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Ah! Thanks. I have friends who need to know about these.

Mrs PoP @ Planting Our Pennies March 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Have you ever tried Think Thin Bars? They are amazing as well – and definitely wheat free. My friend with really bad celiac can eat them without a problem. They have tons more protein than Larabars, which is why I like them better.

And thanks for the mention, Funny =)

nicoleandmaggie March 25, 2013 at 6:51 pm

We’re kind of whole foods at Casa Grumpy.

Larabars have the benefit that I can pronounce every ingredient in them. (Seriously, it’s like nuts and fruit and the occasional chocolate bit.) And there’s no soy so I don’t have to worry about phytoestrogens. And no “sugar alcohol” whatever that is (I’m guessing one of those fake sugars that make the body crave real sugar even more). Just fruit and nuts and chocolate. While I’m nursing the high caloric value isn’t a problem. Once DC2 is done, I’ll probably cut back.

jestjack March 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Congrats on the recognition for your “rumination” post. I read that post and my first thought was that this took a lot of thought, research and TIME…

Evan March 27, 2013 at 11:26 am

I was bummed that the foreign language site Jesse highlighted didn’t have Greek yet, but thanks for sending me over there.

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