Weekly Round-Up: Saturday the Thirteenth

The problem with coming up with a title for these round-up articles is that sometimes, I just don’t know what to say.  It’s the middle of July, so there aren’t any holidays coming up for quite a while.  There’s nothing to report from the land of job applications because, well, I’m still applying, and not having too much luck as far as getting a job (or even an interview).  As for my social life…well, I was never a terribly social person, but there’s definitely not much new as of late.

The only things of any note are those related to my daughter.  She is still teething, with her upper incisors coming in and causing more than a little bit of pain, I’m sad to say.  She’s also just on the cusp of being able to crawl.  She can hold herself up on her hands and knees, and move herself forward in a sort of inchworm fashion (lifting herself up with her legs, pushing her body forward head first, pulling herself up with her arms, and then repeating), and it’ll just be a little bit longer before she has the coordination to move forward while keeping her body elevated.  Then the real fun begins…

So my daughter is having a busy time (but when aren’t things growing and changing for a little seven-month old?), but her dad doesn’t have too much going on.  I suppose, that’s not all bad, though, as I’m still not quite back up to reading (to say nothing of commenting on) as many articles as I’d like to.  There are a great many out there, after all, including these:

Great Yakezie Posts

My Conversation with a Delusional College Student – Some (far too many, in fact) college students just don’t understand money, as The College Investor notes.

How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Life – Pay attention to what you do, and you’ll make better decisions, as covered on Prairie Eco-Thrifter.

When You Have Your Dream Job, You Don’t Spend a Lot of Time Dreaming – Not bad advice from Retire by 40 for anyone who dislikes their current job situation.

Five Affordable Summer Activities for the Entire Family – Summer can be fun and frugal, particularly if you do activities like those listed by Everything Finance.

5 Example of Indulgences of the Super Rich – Just in case you needed any more incentive to become rich, these examples of how you can spoil yourself from Narrow Bridge Finance should do it.

Tipping: Everybody Wants a Piece of the Action! – An interesting discussion from Squirrelers about when (and when not) to leave a tip.

Top Secrets to Make Recruiters Find You – If you’re job hunting (as I am), you can use all the help you can get, and these suggestions from KrantCents are definitely intriguing.

Other Great Blog Posts

How Do Volunteer Fire Departments Work? – I’ve wondered this myself, and Weakonomics does a good job of answering just how these departments function.

5 of the Most Common Mistakes Investors Should Avoid – There’s a lot you can do wrong when investing, and Marissa of Thirty Six Months highlights some of the biggies.

Find the Best CD Rates for Investing Your Money – It’s not usually something discussed on PF blogs (particularly ones written for younger people like Gen X Finance) but CDs are important.

Do I Have to Pay US Tax Income Tax If I Living Abroad? – The short answer is apparently yes, although as My Dollar Plan notes, there are some finer points to consider.

30 Days Without Caffeine – Breaking addictions is tough, as Katie of Girl with the Red Balloon notes, but it can save you money (and help your health) over the long run.

Contests and Giveaways

As always, I’m more than happy to hear (and write) about oncoming contests and giveaways, so if you have something you think could use some promotion, just let me know.

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

I had hoped it would provide some useful advice to graduating high school students, and it looks like my 25 Pieces of Life Advice for High School Graduates was popular enough to be included in several carnivals this past week, including:

Alright, that’ll be it for this week.  Here’s hoping you all have a great week, and that there is plenty of new and interesting (and positive) information to report for my next round-up.

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