Weekly Round-Up: It’s Spring! Sort Of…

It’s officially Spring now, with all the fun that the change of seasons brings.  Spring cleaning is a high priority, trying to air out all those closets that have stayed shut and all those basements that haven’t been opened since the first snow fell.  It’s time to start getting out those spring decorations and start putting away all the heavy bedding and thick winter clothing.  After all, Spring is here!

Or at least, that’s what it might be like for those of us not in the Snow Belt.  Here in Northeast Pennsylvania, less than fifty miles south of Lake Erie, the ground is still covered with snow (and more keeps falling, including on the first day of Spring), the air is still frigid, and the sun seems to be doing its best to make only occasional appearances.  If I had been in a coma and just woke up yesterday, I’d be hard-pressed to tell you whether it was March or January just based on the weather.

So my Spring celebrations will have to wait for a little while longer, anyway.  I suppose I can use this time when it’s too cold to go outside to catch up on the indoor spring cleaning, or perhaps simply spend more time with my darling wife.  Or maybe I can put this time to good use working to on issues related to things like my blog, such as writing a high-quality Weekly Round-Up.  Yeah, that sounds pretty good.  I think I’ll start by sharing some good Yakezie Posts:

Great Yakezie Posts

Career versus Family: Do We Have to Choose? – It’s a question that’s been bothering women (and increasingly men, I’d argue) since at least the start of the feminist movement: is it possible to raise a family AND have a career.  Young (of Young and Thrifty) looks at this issue as she approaches the ripe old age of 30.

I Succumbed to Groupon – You’ve probably heard a lot about Groupon (and similar group discount sites), both good and bad.  Crystal of Budgeting in the Fun Stuff shares her story of how she was ensnared convinced to try it, why she is now a fan, and how to use such sites so that you really save money, rather than end up spending more.

Coming Up with a Plan for Our Tax Refund – With most people finishing up their tax returns soon (hopefully), it’s a good time to think about what to do with the refund money you (might) be getting.  Elle of Couple Money gives some possibilities, from paying down student loans to investing it.

10 Ways to Increase Your Income – There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to bringing in more money, and Derek of Life and My Finances lays out ten of them.  I’d be a little leery of expecting much from blogging; while it is possible to earn $2000-$3000 per month (or more) by doing so, I can attest that it is also possible to earn much, much less.

How to Get More Out of An Internship – There’s a fair chance that, if you’re young enough, you’ll go on an internship or two in your life. If so, you should definitely check out this article from Prairie Eco-Thrifter, to help ensure that you get more from your internship than a bunch of boring file-sorting, phone answering jobs.

9 Cheap Date Ideas For Students on a Budget – If you are a student, you are fairly likely to not have much money; it’s one of the common traits of those who spend most of their time studying.  Should you still wish to romance anyone, consider these possibilities from My University Money for some suggestions of how to have a romantic time for not too much money.

Contests and Giveaways

As always, if you have (or know of) a contest or giveaway that is currently ongoing that I haven’t included here, please let me know; I’d love to pass along the information to my readers, as well as enter myself.

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

It seems that people are interested in planning for college degrees, even when the end of Spring semester is still months away.  My article on the 10 Most (and 5 Least) Profitable College Degrees was in a number of carnivals, including:

Alright, that’s enough for this week.  I don’t know about you, but I have plenty of spring cleaning to do, even if it’s

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