Weekly Round-Up: Welcome to the New Amateur Financier!

Hello everyone, and welcome to The Amateur Financier!  If you’re a regular reader, you might be wondering if you’re even in the right place; there’s quite a bit of difference between this site and the old Amateur Financier website, after all.  But let me assure you, this is The Amateur Financier.  It’s just, well, better, to be frank.

Thanks to the effort from Eric of NarrowBridge Finance fame, I’ve been (or more truthfully, he’s been) making substantial changes to the site, helping it to run faster, operate more smoothly, and look shinier, to boot.  We’re not quite finished as of this writing, so don’t think things are settled yet.  While we’re (or again, he’s) putting the finishing touches on, though, you can check out some of the great posts on other blogs, starting with

Great Yakezie Posts

A Total Beginner’s Guide to Alternative Investments – You hear about alternate investments a lot, but if you are completely at a loss on how to start, check out this post from The College Investor.

The Deadly Sins of Personal Finance – It only has six sins included, but this list from Prairie Eco-Thrifter is a pretty good guide to what to avoid in your financial life.

7 Ways to Improve Gas Mileage – As long as we must drive, following tips like these from Derek of Life and My Finances to save money on gas is a good idea.

How to Improve Your Credit Score to 800 and Higher – If you’d like to learn how the Financial Samurai got his credit score over 800 (and how you can too), enjoy the read.

Things I Probably Wouldn’t Do to Save/Make Money – There’s a lot out there that people wouldn’t do, regardless of the payment, and here Michelle of Making Sense of Cents shares her list.

Tips for Public Speaking and Giving Business Presentations – I’m a former speech team member, and know it’s tough to do, so these tips from Untemplater are good to have.

I’m a Registered Organ Donor, but I’m Keeping the Organs in Use – I’m with Crystal of Budgeting in The Fun Stuff on this one; you can have my organs when I’m dead, but not a single kidney before.

Other Great Posts

Would You ___ For Money? – Apparently, there’s a lot people will do (and allow to have filmed) for cash, as noted by Student Debt Survivor.

5 Sources of Free Entertainment on the Internet – There are plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained on the Internet (including reading blogs), as noted by Young Adult Money

Why Do We Fall For Ponzi Schemes? – There’s a lot of reasons these ‘too good to be true’ plans continue to succeed, unfortunately, as Debt RoundUp shares.

Contests and Giveaways

Also as always, if you have any contests or giveaways you’d like me to share with my readers, please drop a line and let me know; I’m eager to hear about anything you have going on!

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

My debt control article covering 13 Ways to Control Your Student Debt was covered in the following carnivals:

That’s it for this Round-Up.  Here’s hoping you have a great week, as I’m sure I will getting everything finished on my shiny new blog set-up!  (And if I sound like a happy kid on Christmas, that’s pretty much how I feel!)

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