Weekly Round-Up: Caught Up! (Nearly…)

If you’ve been reading for a while, you’re probably aware that this last year was a busy one for me.  Between finishing grad school and handling a new baby (all while suffering from the repercussions of major illness), it was pretty intense.  As a result, I fell pretty far behind in many of my blog related obligations; although I kept up on the weekly blog posts (give or take), things like commenting on other bloggers’ posts, writing guest posts, and even responding to comments took a backseat to my real-life priorities.

But at last, I’ve managed to get things basically caught up.  There are no unreplied comments, things are under control email-wise, and I’m getting ahead of the game when it comes to the posts themselves.  Don’t get me wrong, with a daughter to care for (and a particularly needy dog, who is whining to go out even as we speak), it’s still tough keeping up on everything.  But I’m getting more and more ahead of things every day, giving me more time to read other blogs and prepare Round-Ups, such as this:

Great Yakezie Posts

4 Decisions that Will Cost You a Fortune! – There are a great many decisions you need to make in life, and the wrong ones can lead to some major expenses.  Krantcents lays out some of the biggest ones, as well as providing some advice on approaching your decisions to avoid the wrong ones.

Does Homebrewing Save Money? – I’ve heard a lot of arguments for making your own beer (mostly to do with flavor), but never any on the cost basis.  Elle of Couple Money uses some of her own experience to gauge how well homebrewing can cut (or not) your beer expenses.

It Makes Perfect Sense the the Rich Benefit More from Deductions! – Evan of My Journey to Millions notes that it makes sense that the wealthy benefit more from tax deductions; if you pay higher tax rates, after all, a deduction will cut your taxes that much more.  For more discussion on the matter, read on (it’s definitely interesting).

The 10 Commandments of Personal Finance – There are some tasks in the world of money that are so imperative that they simply must be done.  Money Cone breaks down ten of the most basic and required item into convenient commandment format for your viewing pleasure.

Do I Really Need Life Insurance? – A good question many of us ask ourselves.  Mr. RetireBy40 lays out some of his current expenses and financial assets, to determine whether life insurance is needed.  Not a bad method to follow if you are pondering the same question for yourself.

Contests and Giveaways

As always, if you have any ongoing contests or giveaways you want me to share with my readers, drop me an email and I’ll include it in my next round-up.

Alright, that’s it for this week.  (No features for my articles this week, alas; hopefully next week will have more link backs to share.)  As always, here’s hoping everyone has a good week, and that you enjoyed this past yourself.

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