Weekly Round-Up: It’s Been Over Five Years…

Something occurred to me earlier this weekend: The month of February has passed, and with it, the anniversary of when I first started this blog.  Yes, on February 6th, 2009, The Amateur Financier first came into existence.  (At least, as a Blogger blog; I didn’t transfer it over to this site until April of that year.)  I’ll be frank, with everything going on around this past month, I completely forgot.   Given how crazy February was, I’m just glad that I didn’t miss an even more important anniversary (my wedding anniversary is in March, so I’ve got to keep an eye on that).

Still, it seems a shame that the anniversary of the start of this blog, to say nothing of the extra special 5th anniversary, has come and gone without so much as a mention.  It’s just a shame, really.  That’s why I’ll have to figure out some way to properly celebrate this anniversary, most likely with a big contest and other fun goodies, in the not too distant future.  Although, with a trip to see my mother planned for next week and said wedding anniversary pending, it might be well into April before I get to celebrate an anniversary that occurred in February…

Well, while I contemplate how to best to mark five years of writing The Amateur Financier, I’ll turn things over to some of the other great bloggers out there.  Read and enjoy some of these

Great Yakezie Posts

6 Startup Tips for College Entrepreneurs – With more and more college students going the entrepreneurial route, these tips from The College Investor will be extra helpful.

Control Your Bagworms-Economically and Organically – It’s a bit off the beaten path for Prairie Eco-Thrifter, but it’s good to think about how to keep your lawn green even before spring arrives.

Champagne Taste, But Only Beer Money – An interesting expression noted by Derek of Life and My Finances, about having higher tastes than what you can afford.

Kelley Blue Book, Autotrader, and Cox: They’re Not Your Friends – A reminder from 101 Centavos that the estimated values for your car might be optimistic rather than realistic.

6 Must-Haves on Your Baby Registry – Speaking from experience, you’ll definitely be thankful you have each of the items on Squirrelers’ list at some point.

9 Helpful Tips for New Bloggers – I always love hearing (and giving) blogging tips to beginners, and these ones from Making Sense of Cents are definitely high quality.

Meet the Newest Member of Our Family – It’s off the beaten financial path, but sharing a cute picture of a new dog definitely makes me happy to visit 20’s Finances.

Other Great Posts

Hey High Schools!  Where’s My Financial Education? – Sadly missing from most peoples’ high school curricula, as noted by Student Debt Survivor.

What Being A Debt Collector Taught Me About Buying a Home – It’s amazing what you can learn by working…unpopular jobs, such as this one from Debt Roundup.

Is Playing the Lottery Insane? – You can probably guess my answer, but it’s worth revisiting the concept by reading this article from The Broke and Beautiful Life.

Is Ignite/Stream Energy a Scam? – Fighting Multi-Level Marketing Schemes is a war carried out by Lazy Man and Money, and this is a great example of the battles waged.

Spender’s Guilt – Being aware of what you spend is a good thing, but can lead to side effects, like worry that you’re spending more than you should, as noted on Budgeting in the Fun Stuff.

Contests and Giveaways

I’m always eager to share new giveaways and contests, so drop me a line if you have any that you’d like to promote.

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

The Fun Olympic Facts post (which happens to be the entry posted closed to my blog-iversary) was fairly popular, being featured in the following carnivals:

Alright, that’s enough for this (somewhat of a milestone) blog round-up.  Here’s hoping that you have a great week, a great month of March, and that you keep an eye out for when I mark five years of blogging properly!  Good week, everyone!

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