Friday I wrote about how to improve your mood. Saturday morning something happened that all those tips could never help. Six people at (or near) a meet your congressperson event were killed. Thirteen other people, including Congresswoman Giffords were shot with many of this group in critical condition.
That’s sad enough but then you bring in the ugly rhetoric brought up during the past two years in politics and wonder about cause and effect. Congresswoman Giffords was identified as a target by Sarah Palin (and others) in the last election and the district is on that infamous map.
The sheriff of Pima County, Clarence Dupnik, expressed the same thoughts I was having so well. He said, “when you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous.”
My hope is that this becomes a sentinel event that brings change to the political discourse in this country. Time will tell.
January is a no-spend month which really means spend only on planned necessities. Let’s take a look at this week’s numbers.
- Gasoline $44.32
- Groceries 191.75
- Cleaning Supplies 10.86
- Dining Out $15.00 (one lunch out)
- Total: 261.93
Our grocery costs are higher because we had to stock up on some items as I start cooking more than dining out. We didn’t buy anything extravagant. Next week’s grocery bill should be much, much lower.
The Better Living Network (you’ll hear more about us as the year progresses) is focusing on improving various parts of a life during the month of January. Here are the articles not published on Bucksome Boomer.
New Years Resolution to Save Money @ The Coupon Mommie
Resolutionize Your Green Life @ The Greensback Gal
Resolutionize Your Home: Develop a Cleaning Schedule @ Coupon Cookin’
Resolutionize Your Mommy-tude @ Savin’ Some
Resolutionize Your Mom Groove: 8 Easy Breakfast Ideas @ Crystal and Company
Emergency Funds, Disney Style. I never noticed how many children’s stories really are about personal finance before. There’s a great clip from Babes in Toyland also! (Money Rabbit)
Tithing. Giving should be done out of generosity and love, not guilt or browbeating. I like this account of how some religious leaders get it wrong. (Out of Debt Again)
The Magic 8 Ball Makes Its Predictions for 2011. Reader questions are answered by Len’s trusty prop. We’ll have to wait until the end of the year to see how it did. In the meantime, good news for the Padres! (Len Penzo Dot Com)
7 Ways to Improve Your Diet. Since this is exactly what I want to do this year, the article caught my eye. Good common sense to get you started. (Prairie EcoThrifter)
4 Overlooked Opportunities of the Baby Boomer Bomb. I find it interesting how other generations view mine. Our aging and changing life means new options for those younger. (Faith and Finance)
A Weight Loss Tip to Die For. This is not a typical weight loss tip at all, but I think effective so be sure to check it out. (Financial Samurai)
How to Organize a Coupon Binder. If you want to start couponing, here’s a post to get you started which includes multiple resources. (How to Have it All)
Why You Need a Home Inventory. I really need to work on it and it should be easier now with my new Flip camera. (Not Made of Money)
How to Budget for Irregular Expenses. It’s important to include these bills in mind each month when planning the budget. Eliminate surprises that shouldn’t be! (Ultimate Money Blog)
Sacrifice – Key to Getting out of Financial Trouble. This may be the key to everything that’s not easy in life. (Finance Fox)
Carnivals and Roundups
Best Personal Finance Articles of 2010 @ Free From Broke
Emily’s List: New Congress Edition @ Credit Cards.com
Recap of Recaps – Posts by SDBloggers @ SD Bloggers
Goals Galore @ The Millionaire Nurse Blog
Roundup for the Week of 12.27.10 – New Years Resolutions Edition @ Faithful with a Few
Weekly Round-Up: Post Holiday Sickness Edition @ The Amateur Financier
Yakezie Time @ Do Not Wait