Weekly Round-Up: Post 1001, and Counting…

Yup, the blog articles just keep on coming.  With the big post 1-0-0-0 behind me (and running a pretty nice contest as we speak; probably a good idea to check it out if you haven’t already…), it’s time to get working on post 1001 and keep things rolling right along.  There’s not much sense in celebrating a milestone like this if I’m not going to use the experiences I’ve gained along the way to improve my blog and continue to make it better.

Which is why, in all my articles, I’m going to try harder than ever to include interesting, relevant, and hopefully entertaining information to share with my readers.  Even in these Round-Ups, which are basically collections of great posts from other blogs from the past week, I’m endeavoring to make things better.  How, you ask?  Well, for the first time this year (and for a long time before that, while we’re on the subject), I’m not only sharing some great posts from my fellow Yakezie members, but posts from the broader blogging community.  To see which posts, you’ll have to read on and see:

Great Yakezie Posts

Financial Benchmarks Investors Should Consider to Gauge Performance – There are a lot of ways to judge how well you are doing with your investments, and lots of benchmarks to use.  The Financial Samurai lays out several of them, so you can get an idea of how to judge your progress.

Would James Bond be Eligible for Life Insurance? – An interesting question posed by Krantcents.  I’m not entirely sure whether a seemingly indestructible, perennially 30-something secret agent would even need life insurance, but I kind of doubt he could get it if he told a potential insurer even half of what he did.

5 Reasons Why You Should Track Your Net Worth Yourself – As my readers should know, I track my net worth myself, and post it every month.  Darren of Faith and Finance shares some reasons (besides sharing with blog readers) why tracking your own net worth is a good idea.

Budgeting Facts – If you’re having some trouble budgeting (and perhaps more to the point, sticking to a budget), this infographic from Little House in the Valley could prove quite helpful, providing some tips on keeping your spending under control.

20 Frugal Ways to Enjoy Outdoor Summer Fun – With spring upon us and summer coming fast, it’s time to start enjoying the fresh air and warm weather.  Squirrelers provides a long list of way to do so without breaking the bank or requiring too much exercise (for the most part).

How Can We Master Small Talk? – When you’re as introverted as me, it can be tough to engage in small talk with strangers.  These tips on The Financial Blogger should prove pretty helpful to anyone in the same position, and with luck, can help you to be chattier in no time.

Reasons Why Investors Fail…and What to Do About It – There’s a lot that can cause your investing plans to go awry, and The College Investor lays many of them out.  Luckily, there are also some suggestions on how to handle them and keep your investments growing well.

The First Million Page Views is the Hardest, Thanks Everyone! – And here I thought that getting to one thousand posts was impressive.  Retire by 40 has hit 1 million page views, a truly impressive feat.  Congrats, and thanks for giving me a new goal to shoot for!

Cut Out Sugar for a Healthier Lifestyle – I’ll be honest, I have a major sweet tooth (my wife made a cake last night that was called ‘Better Than Sex Cake‘).  But Prairie Eco-Thrifter makes a solid case for why you need to cut back on the sweets, and I am definitely trying to do so.

I’m Still a Cow-Being a Mascot is FUN! – There are some crazy, crazy part time jobs out there, but being a mascot seems like one of the craziest.  Being a Chick-Fil-A cow Mascot, as Crystal from Budgeting In the Fun Stuff does, sounds fun, but pretty crazy at the same time.

Other Great Blog Posts

Why Your Relatives Will Be Glad You’re a DIY Investor – There’s a lot you learn from managing your own money and investments, and as the Monevator has learned in turn, when your relatives need financial advice, you’ll be in a good position to help them out.

Are School Yearbooks a Waste of Money? – Short version: Probably, unless you relished high school so much that you can foresee yourself wanting to relive the experience at least once a year or so.  I’m not the only one who thinks so; Brock of Clever Dude apparently feels the same way.

Why is Deflation Such a Bad Thing? – You don’t hear much complaining from the average person about falling prices, but as The Weakonomist shares, it would actually be worse in the long term than inflation.  (Think of the falling house prices and how that affected things.)

Frugal Gift Ideas For Dad – With Father’s Day just a week away, it might be a good time to start thinking gifts for daddy if you haven’t already.  These suggestions on Frugal Rules are some pretty good ones; I might have to pass some of them along to my wife…

How to Save Money In Vegas – I realize that if you’re going to Vegas in the first place, ‘saving’ money is probably not on the top of your priority list.  But if you follow these suggestions from Lazy Man and Money, you just might leave with more money than you came with.

Contests and Giveaways

  • Pay Off Debt App Celebration Giveaway – You’ve probably heard about this one from around the PF blogosphere, but Jackie of The Debt Myth has created a Pay Off Debt App, and to celebrate, is giving away both the app AND an iPad Mini to one lucky winner who enters by June 17th.
  • More Money, Please – If you need (or would like to give) a book covering the basics of personal finance, you can enter this giveaway over at Surviving and Thriving by 7 p.m. PDT on Tuesday June 11th to get a decent sounding guide.
  • The CVS Drugstore Game – This Kindle  ebook from Amanda of Frugal Confessions will be available for free from June 9th (aka, today) through June 13th (aka, Thursday).  Take the opportunity to gain a free guide to lots of free stuff.
  • Secret Safe Full of Cash & Jewelry – As always, there’s something interesting to be won from Take Our Stuff.  Check it out, enter, and have a chance to snag a neat safe shaped like a book, complete with a treasure already inside.
  • The Amateur Financier 1000th Post Giveaway – Just in case you immediately skip down to the contest and giveaway section to see what you should enter, remember that one of the best ongoing contests, until June 30th, is my own contest.  Check it out and enter!

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

My post on 5 Truly Unusual Methods of Alternative Income (most of which I luckily haven’t had to rely on yet) was included in several carnivals, including:

Also, although it’s not a typical carnival style feature, a thank you to Crystal at Budgeting In the Fun Stuff for including my contest in her Weekly Favorites, Gratitude, and Giveaways #111 post. Thanks for the mention, Crystal!

Alright, that’s it for post 1001; here’s hoping that these next 1000 posts are just are fun and enjoyable as the first 1000 (while hopefully being much more profitable, to boot).  Have a good week, everyone, and stay happy and productive!

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