Wednesday, April 27, 2011


I liked J.D.'s post on how he spends money. What with all the craziness in my life lately, I haven't been too focused on spending consciously - in fact, more than once I have said to myself, "It's just money; I'll go earn more." This is a temporary attitude, and his post reminded me of how I want to be when it's all over.

J$'s reader wrote in about how he found out his credit card number had been stolen when he got an alert about the spending - not a fraud alert, but an alert about a charge over a certain dollar amount. I didn't even know that was an option! I went and set it up on both of my credit cards; you should, too.

Debt Ninja's not going to the personal finance blogger conference. Neither am I! And as it turns out, for most of the same reasons. Well, except for that whole skin suit thing - that's all him. But yeah. I blog anonymously and I don't remotely earn enough from this blog to justify the trip, so I can't think of any reason why it would make sense for me to do so.

This iPhone tracking news is a little--well, a lot--unnerving. My contract is up in June, and I'll lose my corporate discount when I quit my job anyway. I was planning to just hang on to my old iPhone since it seemed like the most economical thing to do, but now I wonder. Besides, I just saw this list of cheap smartphones, so now I'm thinking of options....

I love The Happy Homeowner's list of side hustles! Maybe I can pull off some of these while I'm waiting for a job to fall into my lap after the move.

New Facebook security features - HTTPS and two-factor authentication. I'm enabling both - my grandparents are on Facebook, and I REALLY don't want them thinking I'm chatting with them from London where I've just been mugged.

Hey, Consumer Reports is hiring mystery shoppers! Now that's a legitimate opportunity. (I know, I said I was done with mystery shopping, but I totally applied.)

Five Cent Nickel takes on the poor-little-rich-people struggling to survive on $250,000 per year. I've been doing a lot of thinking about choices over the last few weeks, and one of the reasons I wanted to move somewhere--anywhere--with a lower cost of living is that yes, I think we would feel poor in NYC on $250,000 per year. Even at that income, we might never be able to afford to own our own home here. Looking at a true calculation of what our lives might be like, I realized that even if jointly Peanut and I never make more than $80,000, we will still have a higher quality of life by moving - so while it seems strange to think it, I kind of feel their pain.

New, very interesting flyers' rights. Things I'm particularly noting: the reimbursement you're entitled to if you get bumped from a flight and a no-penalty cancellation period of 24-hours after purchasing any ticket. By June, Peanut and I will have made a total of four round-trip and two one-way flights in eight weeks, which is about the entirety of our normal traveling schedule for three years. It wouldn't surprise me if one of these issues comes up at some point, so I'm glad to know my options.

1 comment:

  1. I think all phones track in some form or another.

    I'm not going to the conference mostly because I'm Semi-Anonymous but also the COST. Arg. :)


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