Earlier this week, my wife knocked out all of our back-to-school shopping in one fell swoop. Between clearance racks and sales at both Target and Kohls, she picked up pretty much everything the boys need clothing-wise. And then she hit the freshly stocked Wal-Mart school supply section. She had it pretty much to herself, and got everything knocked out in short order.
That’s the upside. The downside is that we won’t be taking full advantage of this year’s sales tax holiday. On the one hand… Bummer. On the other hand… Back-to-school shopping with no crowds? Priceless.
And with that, here are some interesting articles…
Madison put together a list of tasks for your mid-year financial checkup.
Flexo talked about how net worth calculations are best used as an internal metric for tracking your progress.
JLP illustrated the value of making your extra principal payments earlier rather than later.
FMF listed three ways to save money on greeting cards.
Jim covered the best sites for selling your stuff. I’ve really only used eBay and craigslist (and had the most luck with eBay).
Lazy Man talked about good debt vs. bad debt.
The Good Human pointed out that gas is still cheap in the United States (by global standards).
Credit Addict pointed out that you can get a free credit report simply by placing a fraud alert on your credit record.
Finally, for all of you that are convinced that the glass if half full, Jaimie brought us five benefits to financial pessimism.