Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thursday linkfest

Original content coming soon, I promise!

I admit to being nerdier than the average bear when it comes to my finances, but here's a great bare-bones look at what everybody ought to know about their finances in today’s economy.

Mrs. Micah's timely post on W2s is full of helpful information. I haven't received any of my tax paperwork yet, and I like to get them done by Valentine's Day--which is not really that far away!

Cooking During Stolen Moments dissects one of Rachael Ray's recipes in 30 Minute Meals get Real. Bravo! While I don't have any kids distracting me, I also feel like her recipes aren't realistically achievable in only 30 minutes--but I have to confess I haven't actually tried it myself. I prefer things like grilled cheese and tomato soup--ready in four minutes!

The Non-Consumer Advocate has been counting down Thrift Week day by day:
What is thrift?
Day 1 Clean for Cheaper
Day 2 Food Waste
Day 3 Don’t Replace, Repair!
Day 4 Lower your fixed expenses
Day 5 Parenting
There's some good stuff there!

I would LOVE to start a frugal club, but I'm not sure how well it would go over. Dinner with a friend who's trying to trying to stop spending so much turned into dinner-and-drinks. Quiz night at a local pub with another friend trying to pay off her credit card debt turned into a pub crawl. Rather than saying no to all these things, I wish I could keep my friends really interested in keeping costs down.

I'd also like to start a personal finance or personal productivity book group, where we read and discuss everything from Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman to Lifehacker. Someday...

This is a great one for me: How to Keep your business writing clear and easy to read. During my last two reviews, this was the one thing my boss really wanted me to work on. I do proofread and edit, but apparently my business writing is not always clear and I write too frequently in the passive voice. Hopefully, writing more frequently in general, including here, will help me. Feedback please!

Mrs. Micah asks What kind of work is beneath you? I've done some weird stuff for money, but if I lost my job today I would go apply at Starbucks and McDonalds (well, honestly I would probably collect unemployment while looking for a job in my field and THEN go to fast food). There is honor in any job and it makes me so mad when people refuse to take a job because it's beneath them, as if they hand out vice president jobs to new college grads every day.


Umm...Now What asks whether her readers are scared of a number. My comment is there, but I have to say I am definitely not. Life has gotten consistently better as I've gotten older, and I'm actually looking forward to 30.

And finally,
FB and GMBMFB did it--here's my self-tagged survey meme thing:

4 Things I'm Passionate About:
· Dancing
· Reading
· Responsible personal finance
· Politics in general (I don’t mean to be, but I get pretty heated in discussions)

4 Words or Phrases I Use Often:
· Sure...
· KITTY! (from here
· Whatever!
· Thanks, Captain Obvious.

4 Things I Want to Do Before I Die
· Be rich—meaning financially secure AND being able to do what I want
· Get married
· Live in a place with a washer/dryer inside of it
· Write a book

4 Things I Have Learned From the Past
· I am stronger than I give myself credit for.
· Most of the time, a big deal now will not be a big deal in six weeks, much less six months.
· Don’t delay an uncomfortable situation, it will only get worse.
· The older and wiser I get, the more fun I have and the more I love life.

4 Places I Want to See or Visit
· India
· The classic European Cities (so far I’ve only seen London)
· A tropical island
· The southwest United States

4 Favorite Restaurants
· JJ’s (sushi place in my neighborhood)
· Zen Palate (vegetarian/vegan restaurant chain in NYC)
· Panna II (Indian restaurant on New York’s Lower East Side)
· Any Mexican restaurant in the South that has a fake-Mexican name and a sombrero on the wall

4 Things that Happened Yesterday
· I learned something very important that would have been really helpful to me six months ago, and decided to act on it anyway
· I bought organic veggies
· I talked to my sister on the phone
· I slept in my bed with brand new sheets and bedding and pillows—that was a GREAT Christmas present, Mom!

Self-tag or not, but if you do, leave a comment and I'll read your list!

1 comment:

  1. Self tagging ROCKS :)

    Fabulously Broke in the City

    "Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver."


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