That’s right, time for another weekly link roundup. I read a lot of personal finance blogs and rather than do a million short posts of things that catch my eye, I try to put everything together in one weekly link roundup. Here’s what caught my eye this week. Admittedly, this roundup is a bit shorter than normal. It was a crazy week and I’m still catching up!
I participated in the Carnival of Personal Finance this week, hosted by No Debt Plan. College football. My favorite thing about the end of summer.
- It’s Not Only a Salary That Can Make an Employee Happy
- Nine Good Reasons NOT to Buy a Stock
- Printable Grocery Shopping List
I also participated in the Festival of Frugality this week. Do check out the entire Festival and not just the links I highlight. As always, there is a lot of great content to be found.
And finally, I participated in the Finance Fiesta. Love the theme!
Megan is a 40-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.