Week in Review: Chilean Miners Edition

by Kay Lynn

The story of the week was the rescue of the trapped miners in Chile.  They had the world cheering them on and taught us a lot in the process.  Consumerism Commentary identified 6 money and life lessons in their story.

Just think about what you can do with that amount of discipline and perseverance in your life.

Chile Miners

Editors Picks

I’m changing the format up a little so I can include more links . It was just too difficult to pare down to ten best posts this week.

8 Money Questions That Have a Lasting Impact on Your Finances. These decisions make a big difference in your life. @Christian PF

Family Lessons in Frugality. Aloysa is originally from Russia and discusses the difference in frugality between Russia and America. @ The Kitchen Sink

John Lennon Quotes. Teachings from John Lennon on money and life. @Free from Broke

Why You Need Health Insurance and How I Learned it the Hard Way. The title says it all. @ Money Crashers

The Power of 2nd (and 3rd) Opinions. Jay saved thousands of dollars by getting other quotes for car repairs. @ Budgets Are Sexy

When the Levee Breaks. How could you not like a post that mentions Robert Plant in the first sentence (plus has a Led Zeppelin video)? You’ll have to read it for the connection to personal finance. @ Gen Y Wealth

Are You Familiar with Tipping Etiquette? This post includes thoughts on tipping on all types of dining situations. @ Personal Finance Firewall

How do You Know You’re Retired if You’re Still Working? An interesting look at working while retired. @ Retirement: A Full-Time Job

Judging A Generation Of Home Buyers Based On TV Shows like ‘House Hunters’. Observations on today’s home buyers. @ Everyday Tips and Thoughts

Do you have a Emergency Financial File to simplify your personal finances? A reminder how to have information you need readily accessible for emergencies. @ Simple Financial Lifestyle

How Higher Taxes Saved Me A Boatload Of Money. A silver lining in the recent California tax increases. @ Financial Samurai

Introducing EOD Basic 3.0: Made for Newbies but Perfect for Everyone. This is a great tool for zero-based budgeting. @ Enemy of Debt

Dave Ramsey’s New House: Did He Follow His Own Advice And Pay Cash?. You’ll have to read the post to find the answer. @ Bible Money Matters


There’s only a lot because I forgot some last week.  Enjoy these round-ups of good reading on the web.

Carnival of Money Stories @ Free Money Finance

Black Coffee: I See the Fed Is Getting Into the Halloween Spirit @ Len Penzo

Weekend Reading: The Changing Seasons and Canadian Thanksgiving Edition @ Invest it Wisely

Green Links: Saving Green and Going Green @ Greenbacks Gal

Sherpa Picks: Holiday Spending, Groupon and More @ Cash Flow Sherpas

2010 Blog Action Day Roundup @ Beating Broke

Smoky Mountain Getaway Roundup @ Personal Finance by the Book

photo credit: Pat McDonald (away for a few days)

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Financial Samurai October 17, 2010 at 7:43 am

Anybody who ever complains, I just tell them “Chilean Miners”. For real.

Kay Lynn October 18, 2010 at 6:30 am

@FS: Yes, they do set a new standard for behavior under incredible circumstances and challenge.

Aloysa October 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

Thank you so much for including!

Invest It Wisely October 17, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Thanks for the mention! Yep, would not be easy to stay in a dark mine for two months. Sam’s got a point there.

Craig October 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Here’s one thing that amazes me – there was one miner who was supposedly running 6 miles a day in the mines! That’s keeping your spirits up.

Kay Lynn October 18, 2010 at 6:32 am

@Aloysa: You are very welcome. I enjoyed the perspective in the post.

@Invest it Wisely: I’m sure it wasn’t easy but humans are amazing and can do what it takes when put to the test.

@ Craig: Exercise would be a good way to keep in shape and keep the endorphins going. I guess the air wasn’t that good for the lungs though.

Everyday Tips October 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

Kay Lynn – thanks so much for including me!!!

Andrew @ Money Crashers October 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Thanks for the post mention and awesome selection of posts here!

Jesse October 23, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Thank you very much for the inclusion, and I loved your contribution to Blog Action Day.

Kay Lynn October 26, 2010 at 5:14 am

Thanks, Jesse. I missed out on it last year and was happy to take part this time. I’ll let the group know earlier next years so we can have more participants.

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