A Happy Fourth of July to everyone!
And while we’re partying and parading, let us not forget the men and women who have volunteered to serve in our armed forces to protect the principles of the Declaration we will celebrate tomorrow.
Funny is taking a day off for the celebration, the 112-degree heat having done something to the energy level around here. Saturday it’s off to the high country for a short break from the Valley of the We-Do-Mean Sun. So, I hope you’ll visit as many other PF bloggers as you can over the next couple of days. Here are a few that I’ve enjoyed this week.
Trent at the Simple Dollar weighs the pro’s and cons of banking your debt snowballs rather than using them directly to pay down outstanding debt; I’m gratified to see he comes down on my side of the question.
At Wisebread, Margaret Garcia-Couoh speaks eloquently in favor of the dear-sir-you-cur letter as a more effective way to get redress for complaints than telephone calls or e-mails. Roger that, sister!
Five-Cent Nickel posts a good rule of thumb and some thoughtful reflections on what a purchase really costs.
Money Smart Life has started a discussion about how much detail to put on your résumé, a good question indeed, especially for those who would tip their hand about their age if they listed all their experience.
At Queercents, Paula urges us to buy local produce and offers several avenues to do so.
Doughroller warns that the Roth 401k is not for everyone…indeed, not for most folks who earn less than $1 million a year. This interesting post contains several links to other articles on the subject of Roth 401k plans.
Speaking of Roth IRAs, Brip Blap offers a dark vision of evil future politicians reneging on the promise of tax-free Roth proceeds (can we spell “man the barricades?” how about “Boston Tea Party”?).
Moolanomy has a fresh take on the question of whether we’re better or worse off financially than our parents: what he calls “financial distractions.” This is a good insight that’s hard to argue with.
Be This Way brings up a topic I recently heard discussed on NPR: the practice of gathering information about your lifestyle based on your purchasing habits, and then using it to determine your credit card rates. Whatever you do, don’t buy a retread, get a massage, or visit a marriage counselor-or if you must, for heaven’s sake pay in cash, under the radar.
Mrs. Micah has opened a conversation on things to consider before taking on a mortgage, which has generated some good comments.
Paid Twice is discussing disability insurance. Today she focuses on long-term disability; a few days ago she had a post on short-term disability insurance, both important issues to understand.
Outa here! Have a happy Fourth.