I just ran across an interesting site that features personal accounts of how people are spending their tax stimulus rebates. Some of the more amusing uses include:
– donating it to the Obama campaign (take that, W!)
– buying plane tickets to catch the New Kids on the Block reunion tour (seriously?)
– treating “a sudden and particularly messy case of giardia contracted by our puppy” (yuck!)
– installing a giant chocolate fountain in the backyard (yum!)
And with that, here are some articles that caught my eye over the past week…
Â» The Financial Realities of Having a New Baby
NCN details some of the financial implications of a growing family.
Â» My Tax Mess
This is an interesting post, not so much for the specifics of FMF’s problems, but for the underlying lessson… Even if you hire a pro to do your taxes, you still need to check their work. As I told him, this is why I do my own taxes — that way I can screw things up for free.
Â» Don’t Pay Your Dues
An interesting perspective from Jim… Life is too short to be wasted “paying your dues.”
Â» Craigslist vs. eBay
Jaimie’s experiences are similar to mine. Craigslist is a great way to get rid of items locally, but you can probably do better on eBay if the item is easily shippable.
Â» Plan Ahead: Six Steps to Secure Your Financial Future
The key to financial planning is that you actually need to plan. And the earlier you start, the better.
Â» Want Some Extra Income? Try Odd Jobs!
If you never seem to have quite enough money, why not pick up some odd jobs on your spare time and pocket a bit of extra cash?
Â» Taking a Deeper Look at Wants vs. Needs
One of the keys to living below your means is being able to distinguish between wants and needs.