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The Wise Dollars Mid-April 2013 Favorite Blog Posts

Mid April Favorite Blog ArticlesIt’s been a long and busy week for me. Starting a new job with a trip to Vegas sounds like fun, and it was! But it also meant that my time was programmed during the day and the evenings were typically spent with clients. If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t spent been commenting much on other blog sites. I’m way behind the curve on comments, but I’ve been doing my best to keep up with the reading! Here are some of my favorites from the first half of April.

Great Blog Reading

Repaid.Org brings us an interesting comparison with Prepaid Cards vs. Debit Cards: Which Is The Better Financial Training Tool? Teaching your children to be financially responsible is important. Using the right tools, such as prepaid or debit cards can be an important part of that education. Jeffrey gives us a good comparison between the two types of cards and using them to educate your kids.

No Fooling: The Bull on America’s Economic Recovery Comes from Laurie at The Frugal Farmer. It’s a mini rant on the current “economic boom” (or so the powers that be would have you believe) and an urging to get debt free!

Is a pre-nuptial agreement all that depressing? This comes to us from Save Spend Splurge. I can attest that it shouldn’t be depressing from experience! Everyone’s situation is different but a pre-nup is prudent and should be given consideration!

You have to love this; Einstein called compound interest the eighth wonder of the world and for good reason. Critical Financial shows that if the Indians that sold Manhattan for $24 had invested their money, they would have a ridiculous amount saved up today. I won’t tell you how much, you’ll have to read it in The Manhattan Project | How Compound Interest Would Effect The Island Purchase .

I’m a sucker for a good recipe of any kind, and this Guacamole Recipe from  Freedom ThirtyFive looks like it has to be tried!

Jana at Daily Money Shot gives us Five Workplace Sins (and how to fix them). These are great tips on workplace behavior. I think that once you get comfortable in a workplace, it’s easy to loosen up. Sometimes too much, these tips are a great reminder that you ARE in a workplace and not at home!

I Love our garden so I naturally like articles related to gardening. Mr. CBB at Canadian Budget Binder brings us Garden Growing Guide: How To Prepare Your Garden, I’ve already got mine planted (for the most part) but for you folks in northern climes, this is probably timely!

FUTURE FEAR ~ DON’T LET IT PARALYZE YOU comes from Money Bulldog UK. Here’s a reminder that the old adage, nothing ventured, nothing gained” holds true. More importantly, we learn from our mistakes so if a decision we make is a bad one, we will come out of it much wiser and a better person.

Fearless Men brings us Navy Seal Lt Murphy | Medal of Honor. Here is a tribute to a true American hero. I can’t say enough about this post. I am a patriot, and I would not have known about Lt Murphy has I not read this. If you admire the men and women of the military, please read this.

Brick by Brick Investing shows us Simple Steps You Can Take To Ask For A Raise. Hell yeah! No one should ever be afraid to ask what they are worth (as long as they have realistic expectations). I asked for more than I was making at my last job and even though I was unemployed at the time, my new employers didn’t blink and gave me a nice bump. (Not entirely what I was asking, but more than the last job).

A Fool-Proof Approach to Mortgages and Financing Your Next Home from The Family Finances gives us some tips on how to prepare for a mortgage. I just refinanced my home and will be posting my story soon.

Timeless Finance tells us Why I Pay Too Much Tax. I think we all do! This is a MUST read for any Americans that admire the Canadian medical system, it will open your eyes a bit on how it really works!

Blog Mentions of the Wise Dollar 

Thanks to the fellow bloggers that gave The Wise Dollar a mention during the first half of April!

 Personal Update

I’m in week two of my new job and can only relate that the term, “drinking from a fire hose” doesn’t come close to describing the amount of activity I am involved in. I haven’t had a single office day in the last week and a half! I’ve been making calls on customers, getting all of the new hire administrative and compliance training done as well as learning a new technology and product line. Saying I’m busy is the understatement of the week (month, year?)! I’ve come to the conclusion that I simply will have to dial back significantly on activities related to the Wise Dollar. I’m not going to stop the blog, Hell no! I’ve put to much time and effort into it and have seen it grow.

It’s like watching a child mature in some respects, there are times when it gets ill (slow response times, crawl errors) and you have to give it medicine and care to make it better (better plugins, php hacks changes). Just like a child, the more you put into it, the more you get back! I will probably limit my posts to once a week and will not be able to comment on other blogs as much as I have in the past. This will hold true for the near future, at least until the fire hose slows to a trickle and i regain some of my personal time back. In the meantime, I’ll be writing and posting as much as I can.

 One last note: A Big Thank You to all my Blogger friends and family for helping and supporting The Wise Dollar!

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John Schmoll is a Dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry. He's passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes so that they can live lives free from the shackles of debt and empowered to make their money work for them. You can check out his other sites: Frugal Rules, for ways to improve your financial literacy; and Sprout Wealth for tips on different ways to make more money. John has been featured on Forbes, Lifehacker, Yahoo Finance and US News & World Report and more. If you're wanting to grow your blog, check out my blog coaching services to see how I can help you take your site to the next level.

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26 comments

  1. Thanks for the mention, Jose! SO glad things are going well. :-). Funny that the layoff turned out to be such a blessing in disguise, isn’t it? Great posts you have here – I love me some good guac! Have a great weekend, friend!

    • Thanks Laurie! YES, the layoff turned out to be a blessing in disguise! I’m enjoying my new job, hectic pace and all! You have a great weekend as well!

  2. You’ve got to watch out when you mention “drinking through a fire hose” and “Vegas” in the same piece. My head starts to hurt.

    • MMmmmm, good point. I was a good boy while in vegas! I only had two drinks the entire time there. And no, they werent 64 ounce whiskeys! 😀

  3. Thanks for the mention Jose! I certainly understand your life’s demands, I will still be in tune with you however often you post! Good luck!

  4. Thanks for the mention Jose and glad to hear you’re happy in your new job! It sure is addictive this blogging lark, it would be a tough decision to ever stop completely.

  5. Thanks for the mention! Completely understand from the job aspect, I’ve had to scale back a little as well. Sometimes I’m curious to what I could accomplish if I could sit in the office and blog all day for 3 months straight!

  6. Wow Jose, you’ve got a ton on your plate! Best of luck in everything. I’ll be rooting for the Wise Dollar and your personal life!

  7. Glad to hear that you are busy Jose. There is a lot to do with a new job and trying to run a blog. I think you are handling it quite well. I hope it slows down at some point for you.

    • Thanks Grayson! I hope it does as well. I imagine after a few months I should get pretty well settled in and into a routine. I hope so at least.

  8. Thanks for the mention 🙂 happy mid-April

  9. Jose, glad the new job is going well, man! Thanks for the great posts here.

  10. You know what mate, do what you have to do with your job. The fans and other bloggers you have here will understand if you’re not commenting. I come to your blog because I like to read your posts, full stop. Good Luck with your new job and hey, I’ve never been to Vegas but it sure sounds like fun!! Cheers

    • Thank you Mr CBB, you’ve been a great supporter and I really appreciate your encouragement! BTW, you know I won’t miss recipes and garden posts 🙂

  11. You are one busy dude Jose. Hope you will manage it well. Good luck and more power to your blog.

    • Thanks! Busy seems to be an understatement right now, I think the torrent will eventually slow down to a trickle though and give me a bit more leeway time wise!

  12. Thank you very much for the mention!

    People definitely should take prenups into serious consideration especially as we age.

    • That so true, the older we are, the more assets that are involved and at risk. A pre-nup can help protect that should things not work out.

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