Weekly Round-Up: My Daughter’s Birthday

The year 2012 is going to go down as one of the busiest, stressful, and generally insane years of my entire life, with that Master’s Degree being a major source of stress.  Yet, it’s also going to have a good, dare I say, eve great side to it, when all is said and done.  As I put the final touches on this article, I’m sitting next to my beautiful wife, Sondra, as we start the induction process that will result in our baby being born.

It’s been a long, long, LONG forty weeks (actually forty-one; we’re late already, hence the induction), but before the day is out, there will be a new member of my little family.  I honestly don’t know what else to say about this, as I’m kind of overwhelmed by the whole thing.  (It doesn’t help that for the last month or so, I’ve had to put most of my waking energy into preparing for a thesis defense).  With all of that in mind, here are some of the great Yakezie posts for the past week (I promise to read and comment more during those long nights when the newborn baby keeps me awake):

Great Yakezie Posts

How Controlling Holiday Spending is Like Controlling Your Holiday Weight Gain – Ah, two of the biggest problems when the holidays roll around: keeping your weight the same and keeping your checking account full.  It takes a bit of work to achieve both goals, but as noted on Prairie Eco-Thrifter, if you put some planning into it, neither is completely impossible.

Keep Safe During the Holidays – It’s sad but true: many criminals wait for the holidays to take advantage of the people who go on vacation or otherwise let down their guard.  If you’re hoping to have a great holiday season AND return to a house that hasn’t been pillaged, you should follow these tips from Robert The College Investor to keep your home from being a target.

Cloth Bags vs. Plastic Bags: Which One To Use? – Ah, the argument between cloth bags and plastic bags for your shopping needs; a classic environmental debate.  Not the sort of thing you typically read in personal finance blogs, but then, Sustainable Personal Finance is not the typical personal finance blog.  I won’t spoil the answer, but it is an interesting read.

Should You Rent a Safety Deposit Box? – With the increasing reliance on electronic banking, it’s sometimes easy to forget that banks offer other services besides merely holding onto your money and lending to other people.  One of those services, offering a safety deposit box, is reviewed here by Life and My Finances, covering the pluses and minuses of keeping some of your property at the bank.

The KISS Credit Card Strategy – Alas, this has nothing to do with the rock band.  But the policy of KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!) is still a pretty good one to follow, and Retire by 40 lays it out quite well.  I don’t know that you need to go with the Chase Freedom card also reviewed in this article, but if you do keep it simple, you’ll be much better off.

7 Great Last Minute Christmas Gifts – We’re not at the last minute (yet), and hopefully you have much of your shopping already done.  If you still have more shopping to be done, though, it doesn’t hurt to consider some gifts you can get relatively quickly and inexpensively, such as the items listed here on Faith and Finances, to fill out your gift list.

My Evil Plan To Start The New Year With A Boom – I’m not (very) evil myself, although my wife might care to disagree (that whole ‘getting her pregnant’ thing currently has her a bit annoyed, to put it mildly.  Still, evil plans like this one from The Financial Blogger, which also has the opportunity to generate a fair amount of money, is the sort of thing that could bring me over to the dark side.

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

There have been more than a few features of my review of Get Rich, Stay Rich, Pass It On.  It was included in the Carnival of Financial Planning hosted by One Cent At A Time, the Carnival of Retirement at Vanessa’s Money (she’s hosted a lot of carnivals over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed), the Carnival of MoneyPros – Find Me a Holiday Edition from The Frugal Toad and when the SavvyScot does the Yakezie Carnival (definitely an interesting way to phrase the carnival).

Alright, that’s it for now.  I’m sure that there’s plenty that I could be doing now to help my wife give birth (or care for my newborn daughter, depending on when you are reading this), so for now, thanks everyone for writing such great articles, and I’ll be sure to share another great collection come next week.

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