Weekly Round-Up: Bat-Tastic Night

Life can be really surprising sometimes.  I went to bed last night expecting to get a full night’s sleep, wake up well rested, and generally have a peaceful time.  With the possible exception of a bad dream or two (which I almost never remember, anyway), there shouldn’t have been anything that disturbed my sleep.

Suddenly, I was awakened to find it was 3:30 a.m., and there was a bat loose in our house.  It had apparently scared the bejeesus out of my mother-in-law (who lives us, or perhaps us with her, as the result of a much longer story than I care to relate in this little blog entry), who woke up Sondra and I to catch it and get it out of the house.   Luckily, we have learned from previous bats getting into the house just how to catch the little buggers with a minimum of effort or harm to the bat.  (Although, I’m not sure that qualifies as ‘lucky’…)

All in all, it was a pretty interesting, perhaps even bat-tastic night.  If my sleep hadn’t been interrupted, I could probably come up with even more bat puns.  (Perhaps we should all be thankful that I can’t).  Instead, let’s get right to the fun of the round-up, starting with some of the good posts from the past week:

Good Yakezie Posts

Is $180,000 In Severance Enough to Quit Your Job? – Yes, yes it is.  Alright, as a fuller response to this hypothetical question from the Financial Samurai, being that my last job paid only $12,000 per year, that much in severance would have gotten me to quit in a heart beat.  I realize that this Yakezie post is not about someone with my level of employment, but still: if you can’t make nearly two hundred grand last a while, you have a few problems besides this level of severance.

What Did the London Games Teach You About Life? – An interesting question posed by Kevin of Invest It Wisely, along with some of his thoughts on the matter.  Personally, I liked learning about how much effort all the competitors put in, as it was a nice reminder that if you want to be the very best, you can’t just do something a few hours on the weekend and hope to build up your skills enough; you need to put in many hours each day, every day.

Money as a Means to Keep Score – This discussion of the super-wealthy on Young and Thrifty raises more than a few thoughts about how billionaires actually see their money.  At a certain point, does any connection with what you do with it disappear, and it becomes nothing but a scorecard to compare yourself to other billionaires?  Perhaps; I’ll have to wait until I have that much money to find out for certain.

DIY Car Maintenance for Cash Savings – Let’s face it, if you have a car, you’ll need to do maintenance on it at some point.  There’s plenty of things you should know how to do, as this article from Prairie Eco-Thrifter shares, and being able to do most of them (as is actually the case for me) can end up saving you thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars over your lifetime.  Neat, hunh?

Student Alert: The New Student Loan Scam to Avoid – It’s depressing how much student loan debt you can accumulate during your college career, and I definitely understand the temptation to believe anyone who tells you they can help you eliminate it.  As Robert of The College Investor notes, though, if you expect to be able to write a check for a small amount and have thousands (or tens, or even hundreds, of thousands) of dollars of debt forgiven, you’re not thinking like a college graduate.

Contests and Giveaways

I’ve mentioned this several times, but it’s still an interesting on: the Contest Over on Live Like a Mensch, where you can encourage some running and possibly win an Amazon gift card, is still open.

Making Sense of Cents is still celebrating one year of blogging with a giveaway until August 31st. There’s still much to be won, and a year to be celebrated, so give it a look.

There are plenty of blogiversaries out there, including the Master the Art of Saving, who is celebrating its second year with a giveaway, which ends September 6th.  Yet another contest to enter.

Once again, Martin of Start Freelancing Now is Calling You Out, and Offering Free Money as before, he’s offering $100 to the best freelancing proposal that he receives.  Not a bad way to get a few extra bucks if you have a good idea you’re putting out there.

That’s it for contests and giveaways that are currently floating around out there, at least the ones of which I am aware.  As with every week, if you have other contests you’d like to share, please let me know so I can share them.

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

My advice for Couples on Combining Their Accounts was included in the Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #45, hosted by My University Money, the Carnival of Moneypros hosted by Aaron Hung, and the Carnival of Retirement – 32rd Edition on Young Family Finance.

It was also included in the Yakezie Carnival – Olympics Closing Ceremony Edition from The College Investor, to say nothing of the Masses vs. Great Design and a Round-Up from Wealth Artisan and Summer Ramblings and PF Blog Love: Summer is Finally Here from Young and Thrifty.

That’s all for this particular round-up; here’s hoping you saw plenty of great articles to read, got good advice for money management, and learned more about my adventures with bats.  Good luck in all your endeavors, and here’s hoping all your life changes are handled well.

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