Ah, the fun of being a parent. There are a lot of milestones that you go through, markers of just how far your child has grown. Some of these milestones are truly wonderful, and they are things you try to push your child toward as best you are able. One such milestone is crawling; it’s wonderful to see your child nearly able to move around on her own, and I look forward to her fully reaching that goal. (I realize, of course, that crawling is just the start of her ability to get into just about everything below knee-height in the house, but still, it’s pretty great.)
Other milestones are a bit more troublesome. Take teething, for example; while it’s great that your child is getting her teeth and will soon be able chew their own food, it’s not always the most fun situation to live through. My daughter is much more grumpy (to put it mildly) than she usually is, and I am spending a lot more time trying to get her to be happy (and when evening rolls around, to get to sleep) than I previously did.
Don’t get me wrong, I love playing with my daughter, and realize that before too long she’s going to be all grown up and not want to play with her daddy anymore, but it does put a crimp in my sleep, among other things. Luckily, as a graduate student, I learned to live on four hours of sleep a night, so I’m still doing pretty good, but it does mean more of my time is spent watching my baby. I still love ot read other blogger’s work, though, so it’s time for:
Great Yakezie Posts
4 Reason Why Traveling Alone Rocks – I’ve been thinking about traveling quite a lot lately (been wondering how much it costs to travel the world, among other things), but was assuming I’d be going with my wife and child. This post on Prairie Eco-Thrifter makes me almost (stress: almost) wish I could go it alone, though.
Workout For Free – One of things nearly as hard to take care of as your finances is your body. You need to make sure that you eat right and exercise regularly, both of which are tough. These apps listed by Life and My Finances provide some help in exercise department, if you need some encouragement.
Let Your Child Have Fun AND Learn About Money This Summer with Money Confident Kids – It’s tough to teach kids (or even high school students, but that’s a different article) about money, but these programs discussed by Mom’s Plans sound like good places to start their education.
4 Ways to Build Your Emergency Fund Faster – Emergency funds are vital for emergencies (or unemployment, although perhaps I repeat myself), but they can be hard to build up. These suggestions from Work Save Live give a few methods to speed up the emergency fund building in order to help you out.
Why the Lowest Cost States Aren’t Always the Best Places to Retire – You can’t always base your decisions solely on cost (as tough as that might be to admit in a PF blog). As this entry from My Personal Finance Journey notes, there are a lot of issues to consider when deciding where to spend your retirement years.
Other Great Blog Posts
Who Needs a College Degree Anyway? – An interesting perspective from Early Retirement Extreme, discussing how college degrees have, for many people, become all but useless. (Communication, anyone?) Frankly, I think a redesign of the high school system could eliminate the need for most Bachelor’s degrees (and student loans), but this is Jacob’s rant.
Should You Reinvest Dividends? – The short answer: Yes. The longer answer is spelled out here in an article from My Dollar Plan, showing how reinvesting dividends can result in thousands, even millions more dollars over time than not doing so. Definitely a good plan if you are younger, at least.
Party Like You’re a 72-Year-Old Retiree – It might be hard to believe if your finances aren’t stellar, but you can have a very good life if you start saving and investing now. You’ll have to work hard, of course, but as this story from Afford Anything shows, it’s possible to achieve amazing things in a short time if you put in enough effort.
3 Useful Tips on How to Become a Millionaire – If you do want to spend your retirement enjoying yourself, it’s helpful to have plenty of money in the bank. These tips laid out by Free Money Wisdom should help, particularly the one on marrying wisely. (Not necessarily someone rich, although that would help, but someone who can help you both become rich.)
The 5-Minute Guide to Becoming Billionaire Rich – Should becoming even a million not be enough for you, this guide from Lazy Man and Money provides a short discussion of how to become a billionaire. Alas, it’s not an easy path, should you want to go that route.
Contests and Giveaways
- Dinner and a Movie – It’s a classic date itinerary, and if you are able to win this contest, you can get it without having to pay. Just swing by Surviving and Thriving before Tuesday for a chance to win.
- Summer Kindle Fire Giveaway – To celebrate two years of blogging (an impressive feat, I must admit), The Frugal Toad is giving away a Kindle Fire until July 10th. Head over and win (maybe).
- $175 in CASH! – Yup, my contest is still ongoing. You have just over a week leave a comment, follow a certain twitter account, and you’ll have a chance to win.
Alright, that’s it for this week’s contests. As always, if you have any contests you’d like me to promote, let me know and I’ll be sure to include it in my next Round-Up.
Where The Amateur Financier Has Been Featured
When summer is upon us, it is time for one thing above all others: learning! Yes, time to learn some new things, and I laid out Some Learning Suggestions for the Summer that were included in the following carnivals:
- Yakezie Carnival at Financial Conflict Coach
- Finance Carnival for Young Adults at Gen Y Finance Journey
- Carnival of MoneyPros at Making Sense of Cents
Alright, that’s it for this week’s Round-Up. Have a good weekend, as I think I’ll be spending most of it caring for my baby girl. I think I can hear her waking up now…