American Debt Project has been getting love from around the blogosphere and not giving enough of it back. It’s time to go Oprah (And you get a link! And you get a link! Everybody’s getting a link!!!) Here are just a few of the articles I’ve been reading in personal finance and more this week.
101 Centavos on How NOT to Invest in Water: A great post that raises some interesting questions on water as a resource, an investment and its future in both arenas. And why aren’t American companies securing more work overseas? Personally I think US and Western engineering/design companies are too bloated and old-fashioned, and our pricing probably reflects that. These companies need to learn to better streamline and manage operations if they want to work in growing markets like China and India. What’s their incentive to hire Americans if our work is slow and our solutions are dated?
Debt Free by Thirty on The Things I’ve Learned From Pinterest: I just got on Pinterest myself and have been slowly getting addicted to it. But it’s not just pretty pictures and awesome interior decorating. Check it out.
Budgeting in the Fun Stuff on December 2011 Blog Statistics and Income Update PLUS 2011 Annual Totals: OMG. I’ve basically been reading Crystal’s blog non-stop since Friday when I finally took some time to check it out. She is killing it in the blog income world. If you need some encouragement, want to see how a “regular ol’ blog” turns into an awesome money-making machine blog, then just head over to BITFS.
My Broken Coin on Live a Little: Have a Latte: Aloysa is a girl after my own heart. If we meet in person at FINCON12, we’ll probably end up ditching the conference, drive around house-hunting in the most expensive neighborhood in Denver and top it off with a shopping spree on the 16th Street Mall. Just kidding. We’ll be very productive and take studious notes at every presentation.
Travis Pizel on Entitlement is the Enemy: Travis is a great writer. I always like the simple messages he has in every post. It is zen-like. Here he reminds to stop feeling as entitled as a 7-year-old when it comes to what we think we can afford.
Married with Debt on Meal Plans Kick Grocery List’s A$$: John is new to Yakezie and he and his wife are serious about paying off debt. I hope to be married without debt but you make plans and then life happens. Stop by and offer your support already!
Jai Catalano’s Week in Review: I like Jai’s blog because he reminds me of me, in that I think he has ADHD. He’s a talented photographer, cinematographer, was some kind of Salsa-dancing world champion and has a hot Colombian wife. He also writes about money sometimes. Check out his Billionaire Beggar video in this latest post.
So Over Debt on Exciting News: You know how when somebody is related to/knows a minor celebrity they usually can’t go 5 minutes without bringing it up? You guys are talking about any topic and this person is like, “Well, my cousin, Tara Reid…” Well, get ready for a lot of that from me because our lovely Andrea got published in the February Reader’s Digest! That is definitely exciting news.
So Over Debt on Exciting News: I got a rude awakening from Sam that I’m a loser with no retirement savings. But he’s right, I should be saving a lot more. This post got a lot of great comments, something you can count on at Financial Samurai is lots of lively discussion!
Sustainable Personal Finance on Why Use Cloth Diapers? With a brand-new baby in the house, the SPFs (is that what I call them?) are going all cloth-diaper on us. Wow! That’s a big effort but as Mrs. SPF proves, it diverts a lot of waste and saves a good chunk of money.
There were another 30 or 40 I could have listed here, but we’ll have to save them for the next edition of Piles of Interesting-ness (should be said in loud, booming, TV-announcer voice). I’d also like to thank the Yakezie Carnival hosts who have featured American Debt Project recently:
Yakezie Carnival: Better Late than Never Edition at Broke Professionals
Yakezie Carnival: Credit Card Edition at Prairie Eco-Thrifter
Send me your interesting links! I will feature the best of self-development, social/public issues and personal finance articles on a regular basis.