Happy April Fools Day! As promised, here’s my compilation of favorite blog posts for March. There were really so much more but I couldn’t possible get them all in. There’s a lot of good reading out there and truth be told, I’m starting to fall behind! Here’s my favorites for the latter part of March:
I handed in my Two Weeks Notice Retire by Forty gives us his story on quitting their job in I handed in my Two Weeks Notice and becoming a stay at home dad. His health was suffering, in a large part because of his job and quitting after a medical leave of absence to stay at home and work on his blog is inspiring I wish him the best of luck and success in the coming year!
Should Payday Loans be Banned? I think payday loans are a bane to society. The interest rates are ridiculous and are highway robbery at best. But what is an alternative? I believe in minimal government interference so don’t think they should be banned (Maybe a cap on their interest rated would be ok). What we really need is to provide these folks with a temporary loan at a reasonable interest rate (directly drawn for their paycheck) and CRASH COUNSELING!
Gardening Interlude: Growing and Cooking Winter Greens If you’re a low carb dieter then this is a must read recipe for you. My mouth is watering and I’m wishing I had some winter greens (which I don’t). Seriously, Andrew brings in this gem from 101 centavos.
Jeremy at modest Money is starting a series on blogging, in Guide to Starting a Blog he gives good advice on how to get your blog started. Jeremy already has a number of good posts on how to make your blog successful, I think that every post in his series, past and present is worth reading as there is a ton of valuable advice!
Kim brings us this interesting tale and asks the question,”How Much Time Would You Invest for $2.50“? My answer is simple. If I have to invest a significant amount of time for $2.50, I won’t. BUT, if It’s a matter of principle I will spend as long as it takes to make my point (and get my $2.50 back).
The $20 Light Bulb A $22 light bill, seriously, a $22 Electric Bill! – AWESOME, Maggie, Please share the secret of this with us! I think one of our kid’s rooms alone costs $22 a month in electricity!
Here’s a quote from Free Money Finance’s post , Designer Checks Stinks “Yes, I still use checks. Get over it.” I do too! Especially for the bills that either want to charge a premium to let you give them your funds quicker, or for the stone age companies that do not make provisions for online payments! Oh, by the way, I hate designer checks too. Actually, I hate paying for designer checks.
BusgetsAreSexy Brings us Zombies and finance. Actually, J Money makes some good analogies about “end of the World” entertainment and how you can learn a good financial lesson from them. Besides, it mentions Zombies and the nuclear option, how much better can it get?
Holly from club Thrifty brings us I Hate Walmart: My High Cost To Get Low Prices Dammit, I hate Walmart too! But I can’t seem to stop shopping there. It’s as if there’s an addictive and mysterious drug they release into the air that makes you come back day after day. The same drug is probably responsible for the fact that every time I go there to buy some $2.00 POS I spend $60!
Mr Samurai posted Build Your Financial Nut: 401(k) Retirement Contributions Matter Less Over Time a post explaining why after you have built up a certain amount in your 401 (or IRA for that Matter) what you contribute going forward isn’t as important as managing what you have. He makes the point that what your portfolio will return is more than you can contribute (once you get it to a large enough level). I agree. Although my approach is twofold, get the most returns from what you have in your accounts AND contribute the max that you can!
Open Houses and Nosey Neighbours, Are They Worth It? Mr. CBB gives us a nice overview of having an open house when you’re selling your home. Some of the topics covered are how the nosey neighbors will sniff out your lifestyle during the rare opportunity presented by the open house and the advantages of seeing an open house when your buying. Oh, and lest I forget, the risk how an open house presents a great opportunity for a thief to help themselves to some of your belongings!
Work save Live gives us this Recipe: “Better Than Crack” Brownies (1st Guest Post!) I confess, I am a chocolate freak. Any recipe as scrumptious sounding as this one will get my attention! My love for chocolate is in direct conflict with my low carb lifestyle but I always find room for compromise!
My Blogging Mistakes
Some of you may have noticed a few random pingbacks from the Wise Dollar yesterday. That was because I found (through Google Webmaster Tools) that many of the links that I included in my Mid-March favorites post were nice shortcuts to 404 pages. Whoops. I went back and corrected all of them yesterday. Please accept my apologies for the confusion! I will forever more test every link before publishing!
I spent a number of hours yesterday correcting some mistakes. One that continues to baffled me is why some of my response comments to a single post were being reported by Google as having duplicate Meta descriptions. I went round and round on that one and finally just excluded them from being crawled in my robots.txt file. I think the reason it happened is that I responded to a few comments in that post from the post itself and forgot to turn Comment Luv off for the response. I may test that out in the future and see if it causes the same problem. Sometimes I think that tending a blog is like raising a small child. Sniffles, fevers and all other bad blog things seem to pop up!
My page load speeds started the month in the mid sixty range, which is pretty ugly by anyone’s standards. I managed to get them up to the low nineties (yay me!) with a bit of work and a few plugins. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep them there and work out some of the more esoteric html errors that Google apparently doesn’t like! I may even get past a page rank of zero some day! At least my Moz Page Rank is a 4.76 I like that!
On a Personal Note
March has been an interesting month. I’ve managed to post more articles than I originally intended too, I’ve been laid off, put in a raised garden bed and managed too potentially land a new job all in a matter of four short weeks.
My old company did come through with the alternative job that I wrote about earlier. It was a lower grade, less pay and almost 100% travel. To add insult to injury they gave me until last Friday to accept and start. By doing that I would have lost the option to take the severance package and start my time over from scratch, which was what I would have liked to do. I declined the position. I can only take so much abuse and I don’t think I could have worked there for long with the sour taste it would have left in my mouth.
Last week I interviewed with five different folks at a new company. I should know whether I’ve landed that job in the next day or two. All in all I feel pretty good about it and will definitely put out an update once I know.
Blogs that Mentioned The Wise Dollar
The Family Finances The Free Financial Advisor Repaid.org Money Bulldog UK Eyes On The Dollar Canadian Budget Binder Critical Financial My Financial Reviews Timeless Finance Fearless Men Lifestyle Carnival I ♥ Budgets 101 Centavos Brick by Brick Investing Reach Financial Independence The FrugalFarmer Len Penzo Freedom ThirtyFive Blog Frugal Rules
To all my Blog Buddies, thanks for the mentions and the continued support! If I’ve left anyone out, let me know and please accept my apologies.