Weekly Round-Up: 2013 Is Coming to an End

The year is coming to an end, and as usual for the end of the year, there’s a lot going on here in the Amateur Financier household.  Christmas has just ended (which means there are all kinds of decorations and new gifts to be put away), New Year’s Day is rapidly approaching, and there’s still plenty of snow on the ground to be shoveled and salted.  Add in the normal things that keep a father, husband, and blogger busy, and the last few days of 2013 promise to be very packed.

Of course, with the New Year approaching, it’s a good time to look back on what I have (and haven’t) accomplished throughout 2013, and make up some goals for 2014.  I’ll do a more thorough review of my 2013 resolutions next week, as well as creating some fresh resolutions for the new year. I probably don’t need to tell regular readers that it’s been a pretty tough year when it comes to getting things accomplished, though; a major disability, the lack of a job, and on the plus side, a new baby can occupy much of your time and energy, while keep you from reaching your goals

Still, if I’m going to be a success in 2014, I need to get started now.  For my blog goals, that means I need to get caught up on all my email, make sure I’ve got blog entries ready to go, and read other blogs regularly, which I can start with these

Great Yakezie Posts

How to Clean Up Your Finances for the New Year – Speaking of the new year, it’s a good time to review your finances and make sure everything is doing well, as The College Investor suggests.

I Never Wanted to Be an Entrepreneur But I’ve Changed My Mind – If you’re ever wondered about the appeal of working for yourself, Out of Debt Again provides an interesting insight.

12 Cheap Fun Activities for the Holidays – As we’re in the middle of the holidays (and recovering from Christmas spending), it’s good to have cheap ways to spend your time, like these from Barbara Friedberg.

Never Stop Educating Yourself – It’s always important to add to your knowledge, something that you should continue through your life, as noted by Derek of Life and My Finances.

Christmas Bucket List – I’m a fan of bucket lists, as you might know, and it’s nice to see Retire By 40 sharing a number of items that he hopes to accomplish before kicking the bucket.

Other Great Posts

Bah Humbug! A Christmas Rant – There’s a lot to like about Christmas, but John of Frugal Rules hit on many of the less-than-desirable parts of the holiday season.

When Good Habits Go Bad: A Christmas Story – There are plenty of good habits you can develop, but as Mom and Dad Money notes, you have to keep up with and update them.

Why is the Grass Greener on the Other Side of the Fence? – It can be tough to be happy with what we have (I know), but Brock of Clever Dude provides some advice on improving what you have (and your happiness).

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

I’m apparently not the only person who wonders about copyrights, as my post asking Just How Long Should Copyrights Last? was included in several carnivals:

Alright, that’s it for me this week.  With less than half a week until New Year’s Day is here, and plenty to do before then, I’ll bid you a farewell from now, and hope that you had a great Christmas and will have a wonderful New Year!

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