It feels good to be back to a normal routine after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I know many of you suffered through some pretty chilly days earlier this week, thanks to the polar vortex. We weren’t affected here, but I truly felt for you as I soaked up the sunshine and warm breezes. Sorry.
At least it was a good opportunity to catch-up with some reading, and I hope you had a chance to read my post on 4 Smart Financial Moves to Start the New Year. Whether you’re trying to get out of debt or enjoying financial freedom, we are never “done” with our finances. There is always more to learn and it can even be fun!
A Few Good Reads
As always, there was a ton of great posts this week. Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!
John over at Frugal Rules shared a valuable Retirement Planning Tip for the Self-Employed: Don’t Make My Mistake. Many people dream of being self-employed, but it does mean some increased responsibility when it comes to your retirement planning. If you are self-employed or would like to be, this is a must-read post for you.
Brian from Luke 1428 talked about the Unforeseen but Realistic Drawbacks to Chasing Your Dreams. Successfully achieving your dreams also means understanding what sacrifices you may need to make and making sure they are worth it.
Laurie aka The Frugal Farmer answered the important question, What to Do When You Wake-Up and Find Yourself Deep in Debt. While panic may be our initial response, Laurie lays out a great plan to tackle your debt, once and for all.
Jefferson from See Debt Run had a wonderful guest post on why Budgets Are a Bummer at I Heart Budgets. Jefferson notes that budgets are financial mirrors and I wholeheartedly agree. It may seem like a bummer at first, but budgeting will make a huge difference in your life. And eventually, it won’t be a bummer.
Kim asked our opinion on whether we should Support a Lazy Kid. As a Mom, I want to give my daughters the best life possible, and I also want them to be independent and hard-workers too. Read her take and join the debate.
And as an extra bonus this week, I have to include my friend, Leah, from Raising Flowers and Skids. She shares her Quote of the Week and it’s one I plan to embrace this year.
Well, that’s a wrap. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
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