Olympics fever has hit our home and is keeping us up at night enjoying the competition. It seems that there’s more interest in the Winter games than normal; maybe because we can feel proud of our nation and fellow citizens and forget about the economy and politics for a while.
However I have to say to my Canadian friends, what is it with the curling? Americans just don’t get it.
Enjoy my picks from the personal finance blog world this week in no particular order.
1. Comparing 5 Personal Finance Software Options. from @Christian Personal Finance takes a lot of five programs to manage your finances.
2. Reader Story: How I Saved Hundreds of Dollars on Insurance. We learned this lesson many years ago to shop around periodically for insurance to make sure you’re getting the best price. The author @ Get Rich Slowly saved nearly $3,000 in one year.
3. Never Hire A Contractor Without Following These 5 Steps First. There are lots of contractor horror stories. Follow these steps from @ 20 Something Finance and end up being one of the successes.
4. The Room that Craigslist and Yard Sales Built. Lazy Man and Money shows us you can have nice things without spending a lot of money.
5. 8 Reasons Why You Should Use a Real Estate Agent. Real estate transactions are too complicated and the cost of errors too high to skip having a professional agent. Four Pillar spells it out with eight reasons.
6. Holy Crap! I Eat Out a Lot!How could you not like a title like that. @ Engaged Marriage reminds of the need to always be diligent for budget and lifestyle leaks like eating away from home.
7. Lessons Irvin Taught Us on Driving, Finances and Life. This tribute post from @ Personal Finance by the Book recounts how driving lessons from his father-in-law also were lessons for life and money.
8. Proper Laundering Care for 18 Different Fabrics. Have you ever ruined a favorite piece of clothing because it wasn’t cleaned properly? Then this article from @ Go Frugal Blog is for you (and me).
9. The ABC’s of Saving Money: C is for… Almost Frugal reminds of several ways to save money that start with the letter C.
10. 5 Lessons from the DC/Baltimre Snowpocalypse. Being prepared for an emergency means more than having a emergency savings fund. @Bargaineering tells us five lessons for now and the next time.
Customer Service Carnivale: The Good Stories Edition @ People2People Service (new carnival)
Festival of Frugality #217: Snowpocalypse Edition @ Simply Forties
Carnival of Money Stories: Just the Facts @ The Centsible Life
Great Debt Reduction Articles and Tips: Another Carnival @ Reduce Debt Faster