Week in Review: Fire Season Edition

by Kay Lynn

Last night we went to sleep with the smell of fire in the air.  Fortunately, the fire was under control and far away but it reminded us too much of the fire and evacuation three years ago.

Fall is a double-edged sword in Southern California. The weather is gorgeous and the tourists are gone making it my favorite time of year. Then one days the winds start blowing from the desert and fire is a big threat.  Although the temperature will get up to about 100 degrees today, at least that wind won’t be blowing.

San Diego Witch Fire 2007

Editor’s Picks

A couple of blogs are running series that are interesting.  More Style than Cash is counting down 99 days to Christmas with an useful tip each day.

31 Days to a Better Bank Balance at Money Crush is based on the idea that you can improve your financial status with 31 small steps that add up.

Len Penzo lists 21 reasons corner lots are for suckers. Our last home was on a corner lot and we liked it; funny how some see it as a bad thing.

On a serious note, Budgets are Sexy reminds all not to go shopping while drunk. I agree with his reasoning but wouldn’t frequent a couple of venues on the list.

Beating Broke asks are you a Peter Pan spender? Read and learn the new name of Neverland.

Some boomers are having to start retirement earlier than planned due to job loss. Time Goes By shares cool things about being retired.

Money Crashers post on what to do when you can’t afford your medication has great resources for this problem. Please never stop taking your medicine.

Helping isn’t always the best option as Christian Personal Finance notes in how to tell the difference between helping and enabling.

Bargaineering is a gamer and shares the best sites to trade in used games.

I found how to take a frugal vacation in paradise by Invest it Wisely interesting. My kids’ dad is originally from Cuba and I’ve always wanted to go there. Someday, Americans will be given the right to travel freely to this nearby nation.

Frugal Zeitgeist spreads the bad news that Starbucks is raising prices and it’s for my labor-intensive drink. Oh well, at least I limit my visits to once a week


Carnival of Money Stories – Oktoberfest Edition @ Nerd Wallet

Best Blog Posts from Around the Web @ Buy Like Buffett

Festival of Frugality #248 – Celebrity Net Worth Edition @ Watson, Inc.

Posts that Piqued My Interest @ The Penny Frugalista

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Jersey Mom September 26, 2010 at 10:25 am

I’m glad the fire didn’t last long and was under control. It’s so important for everyone to understand much much damage fire can cause – got to be careful both inside the house and outside. Always put out a fire completely when camping or just be careful of the burning candle at home.

Kay Lynn September 26, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Jersey Mom, the fires are pretty scary. I hope we make it through the Fall unscathed!

Kevin@InvestItWisely September 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Hopefully you guys are able to travel to Cuba without worrying about repercussions, someday. I’m glad you liked the post, and thanks for including it in your roundup. 🙂

Kay Lynn September 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Kevin, I hope so soon.

Stephanie September 26, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I hate fire season… so scary to watch the places you grew up burn and then to find out it was caused by an Arsonist.

Kay Lynn September 28, 2010 at 7:49 am

Sometimes it is arson but it is just as likely to be caused by a power line that blew down or a campfire that got out of control.

Beating Broke September 27, 2010 at 9:28 am

We don’t have much of a fire season in North Dakota. A grass fire here and there, but nothing like they get to the west. Grew up with a lot of that though, so completely know what your feeling.

Thanks for the mention, as well!

Kay Lynn September 29, 2010 at 6:37 am

Beating Broke, we’re unusually sensitive now because the fire 3 years ago got bad overnight. We woke up to an evacuation order which was disconcerting to say the least.

Forest September 28, 2010 at 5:15 am

Thanks very very much for the link.

Fire season sounds scary as hell!!!! Glad there are no massive forests near me here in Cairo…. About the same heat here right now (around 100).

Kay Lynn September 29, 2010 at 6:46 am

Forest, I was complaining about the heat but it’s an anomaly here while probably a daily event in Egypt. I don’t know how you deal with it! Do you have air conditioning?

Forest September 29, 2010 at 6:56 am

It does take some getting used to but air-con (for me at least) is essential at home. Have to deal with being at some places that don’t have it. It will cool down soon and winter will be perfect. We may even see rain once or twice :).

Mark September 29, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Thanks for including me!

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