To start: a poll. How would you spend 30,000 credit card rewards points? Peanut and I put EVERYTHING on our credit card (which is no-fee) in order to get rewards points. I shopped around the rewards website to see what we could get, and here's an interesting list:
* Kuerig coffee maker
* Radio flyer wagon
* Wii Fit
* Turkish bathrobe
* Gift cards to various retailers in various denominations
* Turkish bathrobe
* Breadmaker, ice cream maker or Emeril crockpot
* Golf bag or golf clubs (not both!)
* Carryon suitcase
* Account credit or check to cash
The credit or cash are the worst options in terms of "value". I am 99% sure I already know what I'm going to get - what would you get?
The Motley Fool guest posts on Get Rich Slowly detailing how you'll probably need less in retirement than you do now. This was a great post for me to see, since I'm kind of panicky about not saving enough for retirement, even though we save between 12-15% of our gross income between Roth IRAs and pre-tax contributions.
The Non-Consumer Advocate faces a position I'd like to be in - when you make less money one year to the next but don't really notice in your standard of living. We'll make less money this year than we did last year, but I feel like our standard of living has drastically improved, now that we're living in our own house and everything. I'd like to see how it plays out when we have a year where we DON'T do something drastic like meet the love of our lives (four years ago), move in together (three years ago), get engaged (two years ago), get married (18 months ago), move across the country (one year ago), and buy a house (three months ago). You know, just for comparisons' sake. That'll help me actually notice a difference like earning slightly more or less than a previous year.
Andrea (from So Over Debt)'s guest post at the Daily Money Shot is a great one (as usual) - how her parents raised her to be a financial disaster, by accident. Very insightful!
Well, it's a short linkfest for me this week, as I'm off on vacation with my mom and sister (on a budget!). Here's wishing y'all a lovely week!