Hope everyone’s already enjoying their weekend! Here are some links from the past week that I enjoyed and wanted to share.
- What If My Husband Became a Stay At Home Parent?
- What I’ve Learned From Booking 12 Different Round-Trip Flights In the Last Two Weeks
This week, I participated in the Carnival of 20-Something Finances for the first time! Some great stuff here (and stuff I’ve linked to in previous weeks – I have great taste!), including:
- Credit Card Postcards From Europe: Volume II
- What the Kung Fu Panda Can Teach You About Becoming a Millionaire
- Money & Marriage: 7 Lessons I Have Learned So Far
- Your First Mortgage – How To Apply and Get Approved
I also participated in the Carnival of Personal Finance. Highlights include:
- How Deep Is the Hole You’re In?
- Break the Cycle of Car Payments: Paying Cash for a Car
- The Federal Minimum Wage: Looking Back Over Time
Finally, I participated in this week’s Festival of Frugality. Love the summer school theme. I was just thinking about how much I miss those carefree days of summer where I didn’t have to get up and go to work every day. Some posts I enjoyed are:
Not enough links for you? Then go check out the Finance Fiesta, which I hosted this week!
Megan is a 30-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.