Hello, and welcome to this weeks best blog articles from around the blogsphere. This is a truly enjoyable article to write each week because I think it’s important to follow as many personal finance blogs as possible in order to make informed decisions about your finances. Though personal finance bloggers are further down the road financially then others this doesn’t mean that you should follow every word they say, instead you should listen to many advisers, take in all the information and then make the best personal decision for you.
So here I discuss the top 5 articles from the week that I will take something away from, that I will implement in my life. What you find in these articles might not apply at all to you or your situation, or it may apply more so than in mine. It’s my hope that you decide the best course of action for you and then live the future life that makes you happy.
So without further ado, in no particular order here are my top five picks from this week.
1.Year In Review + Looking Ahead on Dear Debt
This was a huge year for Melanie, and it was so encouraging to read about it here. Melanie is one of those people I look at and think “man that’s the lifestyle I want to live”. Though there are some major differences that for the most part is completely accurate.
For instance, Melanie is leaving an area that costs less to live in order to move to a big city, why would a personal finance blogger do that? Well it’s because she personally wants to live there rather than where she currently lives. What’s great about personal finance is that it’s “personal” for me living in a big city is the last thing I would ever want to do, forget about the financial reasons, I don’t like the city, I barely like visiting the city. So here doing what she wants to do even though she knows it is going to cost her more in the long run is amazing and truly an inspiration to me.
2. Liquidating the Inventory of Life on Retire29
Eric has done what I’m hoping to do in the near future. He has taken items all over his house and sold them on amazon one by one and is making about $100 a week from doing so. I started looking around my house to see all of the things that I could get rid of and make money at the same time.
A few weeks ago my wife took some of our stuff over to her parents for a last minute garage sale, which lead to an extra $40 which I really didn’t have to do much work for as the wife did everything. I do think we probably could have done a lot better with the stuff we have around the house, but because of it being last minute we didn’t take everything we have. That being said now that I read about Erics method I’m much more positive about getting out of the clutter around my house.
3. How Living in a Tiny House Can Help You Pay Off Debt on YourPfPro by Melissa
I like Melissa, will most likely not be moving into a tiny house any time soon. That being said it does sound pretty great and inexpensive. I love having outside events at my house, well not here in Florida it is WAY WAY too hot most of the year, that being said if I was out in the country like I was when I grew up in Maine than outside get togethers would be on the table almost every weekend (except the winter months).
These houses are tiny but inexpensive, if you live a lifestyle that doesn’t require a huge house (most frugal people) than this may be something you want to consider. Melissa gives a great synopsis of the benefits of doing so.
4. Eating Well On A Budget on First Quarter Finance
Will is a great writer with great tips on just about everything, even on picking a good gym. This article touches on eating good food but not spending too much money. I know when I first lived on my own I spent all “disposable” income on restaurants and good ones. Now that I have much more bills to pay I can’t continue to go out as I once did.
I do however still love having really good food, and to be fair who doesn’t. I have become something of a good cook in order to cut costs on food and still eat like I want to. I still do though enjoy going out to eat to enjoy myself and this article gives some great tips on how to do all of it and still not spend an arm and a leg.
5. Why Frugal Friends Are The Best Friends on Frugal Woods by Mr.1500
I really look forward to going to FinCon16 and meeting people like Mr. 1500 and the Frugalwoods. That being said I do have some good friends right now who are not financial bloggers. We love getting together for a nice dinner at each others homes rather than going out. We enjoy just spending hours talking, watching Netflix, or playing board games all of which cost next to nothing.
There you have it, to be honest it was difficult to find actual articles this week as most bloggers but the same type of articles (new years resolution, and year reviews) so it was a bit rough to find ones that weren’t basically the same thing.
My week was a bit rough with driving on new years, the Lyft server not working properly and well I’m still not sure what’s going to happen with all of that. I emailed Lyft support and am waiting for a response, time will tell. In the meantime, how did your week go? What articles did you enjoy this week?
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