Weekly Round-Up: A Warm Welcome to the New Year!

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty confident about 2014 being a good year.  Don’t get me wrong, 2013 was pretty rough for me, and so far, there hasn’t been any great signs that 2014 will be too much better.  Still, I’m feeling optimistic about this new year.  Perhaps it’s only some rose-colored glasses, but I’m still feeling pretty darn good about how 2014 will turn out.

Of course, if I’m going to make 2014 into a good year, there’s quite a lot I’ll need to do in order to make sure that everything comes up Roger this year.  It’s not enough to rely on luck to successful; I’ve got to do quite a lot of work, if I hope to achieve my goals (and my one resolution).  One major part of that work is to keep up (or rather, catch up) on my reading of other blogs, starting with some of these

Great Yakezie Posts

My 2014 Goals and Objectives – It’s the time of year to lay out goals (as I have), and I’m particularly impressed by those set out by Evan of My Journey to Millions.

4 Ways to Enhance Your Financial New Year’s Resolutions – On the subject of goals, Prairie Eco-Thrifter provides some advice on how to get your money in order.

Taking a Pension or Lump Sum: What Would You Do? – An interesting question posed by Squirrelers, one that I doubt I’ll have to answer, but it does raise some planning thoughts…

5 Financial Moves You Should Make After College If You Haven’t Already – After college your life (financial and otherwise) begins, so follow these suggestions from The College Investor.

Would You Use an Alternate Currency? – They’re becoming more popular (as I noted), so the question posed on Sustainable Personal Finance is definitely an interesting one.

Other Great Posts

How to Start a Business or Personal Blog – If your resolution is to earn more money, this article from Young Adult Money on starting a blog could be very helpful.

How to Be Successful – A good enough article to be republished, this one from Lazy Man and Money definitely should be read.

6 Tips for Dealing With Disappointment – You probably will have disappointment in your life (sorry to be a downer), and these tips from Student Debt Survivor should help you cope.

Life Without TV – Holly of Club Thrifty is apparently like me: unable to survive without TV (but willing to consider alternatives).

The Seven Dumbest Ideas of 2013 – A lot of dumb things happened in 2013, and Weakonomics listed some of the dumbest ones out there.

Contests and Giveaways

As always, should you have a contest you’d like to have promoted, just let me know, and I’ll be sure to include it.

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

Sometimes you just want to give money, but not to the normal charities; that might explain why my article on 8 of the Most Unusual Charities I Would Recommend was included in so many carnivals:

Alright, that’s it for now.  There’s much to be done to start the new year off right, and my wife is waiting for help doing some start-of-the-year cleaning.  Good luck with your goals for this year!
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