Weekly Round-Up: Thunder in the City Weekend

Like most cities, mine has its special yearly events.  You know, the times when things go on throughout the city in an attempt to bring out the residents and although them to mingle while enjoying what the city has to offer.  (To say nothing of bringing in outsiders to partake of the city’s goods and services).  For my city, one of those events is going on right now, and happens to be Thunder in the City.

Thunder in the City focuses on celebrating classic cars and motorcycles.  The downtown area is closed off, allowing plenty of vendors to set up shop, and everyone gets to walk around, looking at all the classic cars and motorcycles that are brought out.  It’s an interesting time, even for those of us without motorcycles or classic cars of our own.  It’s a fun and free (assuming you can resist all the vendors’ wares) weekend to be had.  (Although, there are some times when it can get quite loud, even fairly late into the evening.)  While I am off enjoying the plentiful interesting vehicles with my wife and daughter, how about I share some:

Great Yakezie Posts

How to Prioritize Your Investments for Financial Independence – There are quite a few things you need to do to be financially successful.  Retire by 40 lists and orders many of them to help you out.

5 Cheap Places to Retire – Even with plenty of money for retirement, it can still be tricky to make it last, hence this article from Sustainable Personal Finance on where you can consider going.

Replace the Dollar Bill With Dollar Coins: The COINS Act – I’ve wondered why the US hasn’t eliminated $1 bills and started making dollar coins, and Luke of Consumerism Commentary apparently does, too.

What If Global Warming Is Real? – I don’t really think that’s an ‘if’ anymore, but Money Beagle lays out some of his own temperature tracking, and discusses what can done to stop it (or slow it down).

How My Grandmother’s 1998 Chevy Lumina Made Me Over $2 Million Dollars – Crazy as it may sound, Jeff of Good Financial Cents makes a good case for the financial advantages of his grandma’s used car.

The Economics of Marijuana-Watching Our Federal Debt Go Up in Smoke – While the title is an exaggeration (as I’ve noted), this article on Young and Thrifty makes a good case for legalizing marijuana.

How to Sell a Mutual Fund in 10 Minutes – There’s a lot of talk about buying mutual funds, but not much on selling them.  Barbara Friedberg breaks it down into 4 easy steps.

Your Grandparents Student Loans vs. Your Student Loans – Do you want to see how student loans have changed over the last 70 years? Check out this infographic on Funancials to find out.

4 Tips to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft – Identity theft is sadly becoming more common, so try taking this advice from Financially Poor to help protect yourself.

5 Things Guaranteed to Annoy Your Wife – Hopefully you will use this as a list of things to avoid, but Jason of Live Real, Now provides a pretty good list of things that will annoy her.

Other Great Posts

24 Smart Money Tips Everyone Can Learn By Playing Doctor – Show him some of your financial traits, and Len Penzo will show you some of your other traits in turn.

Is That Currency Overvalued? Check the Big Mac Index! – It can be tough to determine the right exchange rate between different currencies, but Personal Dividends shows one (fun) way to try.

3 Common Financial Problems for Couples – It’s tough to manage money as a couple (trust me, I know), so Miranda of Being Frugal lays out some problems that can arise, and solutions to attempt.

How to Make a Will in 11 Steps – I’ve covered the issue myself, but this guide from Gen X Finance shows how to make a legally binding will quickly and (relatively) easily.

The Case Against Incarceration – Throwing people in jail is not really a good way to rehabilitate them, as Weaknonomics points out; we should be considering alternates to our current system.

Contests and Giveaways

That’s it for this week; as always, let me know if there’s anything else going on out there, and I’ll be sure to include it in next week’s round-up.

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

My article on 3 Ways to Cut the Cost of World Travel was included in the following carnivals:

Alright, that’s it for now.  Here’s hoping there are plenty of interesting, entertaining and free local events out your way, allowing you the opportunity to, say, walk through downtown while checking out a bunch of great looking cars and bikes.  Have a good weekend, everyone!

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