Weekly Round-Up: Heck of a Year So Far

It’s only been ten days so far, but so far, 2012 has been pretty rough on me.  I’ve missed several days at my university I had hoped to attend, in order to get some more work done on that research I need to finish if I hope to graduate (with only one semester to go before I’m scheduled to graduate, it’s crunch time in a big way!), for a number of reasons.  We got the first snow storm of the season on Monday night into Tuesday, there was a busted tire on Sondra’s jeep on Wednesday, and I had to stay to help her pick it up on Thursday.  End result: I got only a fraction of the research work done that I had hoped to do, to say nothing of all the trouble that the whole situation caused my fiancee.

Still, I’m trying to remain optimistic about the new year; it might have lost a little of that new year shine, but there’s still plenty of time to make things right.  By the end of the year, I should be married, graduated with a Masters Degree, and (if I manage to keep my resolution from the start of the year)  gainfully employed.  All in all, it should be a good year, if at times a bit overwhelming.  While I work to build my life up with school and other improvements, let’s take a moment to look at some of the good blog entries floating around out there:

Good Yakezie Posts

How We Prevent Wealth – Briana of Twenty and Engaged (a no longer accurate title, but that’s another story) shares some information about a personal finance book written by another blogger, one that looks like a pretty interesting read about how we sabotage our financial futures.

youngandthrifty’s 2011 Personal Finance New Year’s Resolutions Reviewn – What can I say, I like to read about resolutions, and it looks like youngandthrifty had some pretty impressive ones.  It looks like there was quite a bit of success in some areas, but some lagging in others (although to be fair, I can vouch that trying to write down everything you spend money on gets exhausting pretty quick).  Good luck this year!

Make 2012 Your Best Year Ever! – On the subject of resolutions, youngandthrifty is hardly the only one thinking about them this time of year.  This post on Bucksome Boomer helps to put those resolutions into perspective so you have a better chance of achieving them.

Landlord Nightmares! – I’ll be honest, I would be very nervous to be a landlord, mainly for many of the reasons covered here by Krantcents.  There are ways to work around such issues, by avoiding problem tenants, but it can still be tricky (and being a landlord is always going to require more time and effort than, say, buying a REIT mutual fund).

Financial Crisis Situations – What You Can Do and How You Can Prepare – There’s plenty that can go wrong financially, I’m sad to say.  Luckily, you don’t have to let unexpected issues derail your plans and goals for the future, as long as you take some precautions such as those  as shown in this My Journey to Millions article.

Fresh and Easy 50% Meals – I can’t say I’m too familiar with the store Fresh and Easy, but I’ll definitely keep an eye out if what Buck Inspire says is true.  Ready made meals from about to expire food offered for half price?  I could have a great place to get my new lunches!

My Dream Business – What’s Yours? – It’s certainly an interesting question posted here by Mrs. Accountability of Out of Debt Again.  Her answer is a unique one: being the proprietor of a yarn shop.  As for me, I wouldn’t mind running a book store, although given how much trouble even big book stores like Borders have had, I’m not sure that’s the best approach if I want to actually make money…

Where the Amateur Financier Was Featured

My post on Learning From Unmet Resolutions was included in the 49th Totally Money Blog Carnival hosted by Mother Miser

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