Good morning! By the time you guys are reading this (if you like to get up at 6 am PST and hop on your feed reader), I will be on a plane to Miami! I’ll be gone for a few days for a little business trip. What does that mean? It means I have to be very cautious because I’m bringing my credit card to pay for my expenses on the trip (no, not cautious about that, besides, Escobar was nabbed years ago). I have been restrained for quite a few months now with all extra spending and I will be pretty busy the entire four days but who knows what kind of awesome bikinis the hotel gift shop sells (all bets are off if I see a Maaji or Agua Bendita for under $40 but that’s not very likely). On to the links!
Our friend at Punch Debt finally made his big announcement, and it’s really, really sweet. MANteresting is his brand new site allowing all manner of manly man to nail his favorite images from around the web. Yes, it is Pinterest for Men. But guess what? Just like Nivea for Men, the men’s version smells delicious! I just wasted 20 minutes over there and had a few good laughs. Check it out, sign up and nail it.
I love standup comedy. My favorite comedians are Joe Rogan, Brian Regan and Adam Carolla of the contemporaries. If you are looking for good Netflix watching, watch Louis CK’s Hilarious (especially his first 10 minutes on the topic of divorce) and Norm MacDonald’s special. Also check out Amir K, he’s an up-and-coming LA comedian. Every time I hear “tell us some jokes you fucking clown”, I just have to go back and watch it again. If you can go out and support comedy at a live show, do it. There is the two-drink minimum, but tickets at the Comedy and Magic Club (Hermosa Beach) and the Improv (Irvine) are usually way cheaper than any other kind of night on the town.
Personal Finance Reads
How exciting that Jana at Daily Money Shot is debt free! But now she has to figure out what comes next.
Wealth Informatics is trying to figure out why we don’t quit or change jobs even if they make us unhappy.
Super Frugalette is putting money in the 401K instead of paying down debt.
Dr. Dean says single women should reconsider their home ownership dreams, although the reasons could apply to just about everyone.
Money Green Life gives the Warning Signs of Too Much Debt.
Funancials cracked me up with his genius business idea.
My favorite post at Smart Family Finance was Financial Reasons to Get Rid of Your Junk. (I’ve been doing a lot of that lately)
Smart Wealth reminds us of Credit Card Pitfalls. Like I said, I always need a reminder in this department.
Modest Money reviewed Margin Call. A great movie with excellent acting, except for that turd Penn Badgley.
Money Infant does an awesome job tackling the buying versus renting a home debate. I want to buy so badly! I think I will have some good news to post soon on this topic (not big steps, little steps).
9 Smart Moves in a Tough Economy: I love how Step Away From the Mall analyzed this CNNMoney article. Surprisingly, they did pretty well until the last contestant.
This geography-focused post at Money Principle is great for all up-and-coming real estate investors.
Finally, please check out Money Smart Guides, new on my radar but an excellent blog. Gas Prices Rise but that doesn’t mean the world is ending.