Sunday, May 9, 2010


It has been a looooong time, since I've done a linkfest.

I signed up at FormSpring as LilMsMoneybags so if you've got any questions to ask anonymously, ask away! If I get enough questions, I'll do a post about them.

20 Something Finance talks about marketable  hobbies, the best kind to have! I have a mixture of the second two, hobbies that only top people get paid for (belly dancing) and things there is a demand for (mystery shopping). I read somewhere earlier this week that only the top 1% of dancers get paid to perform. That's amazing, because that's true for me. Very humbling, and it makes me grateful for the opportunities that have come my way.

QuarterLifeFinances did two truths and a lie--here are mine!
1. I have never gotten stitches or broken a bone.

2. I love scary movies, especially the gory ones.

3. My first piece of published writing happened at age eleven.

1. I have spent over $300 on a pair of shoes.

2. I once hit a jackpot on a slot machine.

3. I have never bought a pet.

I love this mantelpiece-as-headboard. Someday I will do something like this!

Interesting discussion over at Blogging Away Debt about how much people spent on their weddings. The range is all over the place, from a few hundred bucks for an elopement to close to $20,000. Our budget will probably be something under $10,000.  

The New York Times tells you how to give yourself a financial checkup. I really like the last section, particularly this bit: At its core, financial planning is not simply about money. It is about finding the best way to finance what you want out of life, whether that is spending more time with family and friends or traveling.

One Man's Blog details how he'd hack your weak passwords. I'm all over this! Stop using the same password for email and banking! Stop using easy to guess phrases as passwords!  He's got great tips on creating unhackable passwords--pop over and learn a few tips.

2Million talks about how 12% of people are expecting to cut cable and satellite TV in 2010. We don't have cable -- we just plugged the cable into the back of Peanut's monitor (which is also a television) and get clear broadcast stations and a few teaser channels from the company that services the building. We don't watch enough television to justify the expense, and honestly, I've only ever had cable when I lived with roommates who insisted on it. I don't miss it at all--and I'm glad to hear that more people will be giving it up.

Small Notebook talks about how to simplify your stuff by choosing the classics -- something I want to keep in mind when we create our registry.

J.D. tells you to ask for a discount instead of waiting for someone to offer one. Good reminder! We've been in our apartment nearly a year, and I wonder if we're getting the best deal on our internet service (our only non-essential utility). Next month I'll call them up and ask.

Electronic coupons are watching your every move online. This made me sad. I love printable coupons, but I cut way back on the ones I'm printing and I'll never do one of the ones on Facebook again. I'm mad at Facebook anyway, for their latest privacy "options". I'm almost ready to delete the one I have and set up a fake one with all fake information in it. The only reason I haven't done it yet is that I'm friends with my grandparents on there and I don't know how I'd explain to them why I "unfriended" them.

Also, I'm just putting it out there--pretty sure that May goal #4 is probably not going to happen. I got an unexpected graduation gift from my grandparents and I think I could use it pretty well on a few new wardrobe pieces. So, uh. Yeah.

1 comment:

  1. Curious to know the which of your two truths and a lie are the actual lies.


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