Weekly Thoughts: What Happened to Spring?

I don’t know about you, but I seem to have missed the whole season of Spring.  Winter seemed to last forever this year, with snow coming down even into April. (Punxsutawney Phil must be losing his edge; he predicted an early spring this year.)  Then, after a short, wet spring, we are already getting weather I’d normally associate with the hottest part of the summer.  (It was ninety-four Fahrenheit yesterday (thirty-four Celsius); this wouldn’t be so bad, if I didn’t have to drive across the state of Pennsylvania in an un-air conditioned car.)

Still, it’s not that bad, I suppose.  I have spent most of my time indoors, mostly doing research and working on this very blog, so I haven’t suffered too much from the hot weather.  I suppose I could even consider going out and doing something summer-like, such as going swimming (there’s a pool near my apartment building, which would allow me to swim and spend some time with my fellow residents at the same time).  Of course, that research isn’t going to finish itself, and try as I might, the blog refuses to update itself while I sleep.  (Blogs, unlike dogs, apparently can’t be easily trained.)

Still, there’s plenty that I like about summer: long, bright days; trees and grass vibrant and full of life; young women in scant clothes (hey, I’m still a guy at heart).  There’s a lot to like, and on the subject of things I like, let’s get into the heart of this article: the good blog posts from the past week!  (How’s that for a nice segue?)

Contests and Giveaways

Tim of Faith and Finances is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card, always good for those of us who enjoy our books

On the subject of $25 Amazon Gift Cards, another one is being given away by Money is the Root

Good Yakezie Posts

How to Manage Uncertainty – Don’t from Todd of Todd’s Wanderings – Always good advice on how to handle things outside of our control.

The ABC’s of Debt Reduction from Miss T of Prairie Eco Thrifter – Helpful advice for those of us who have more work to do to become debt free.

What Will Inflation Do to Your Retirement Income from Life and My Finances – A handy reminder of the risk that inflation can hold to your retirement plans, with a handy inflation chart.

Frugal Knives: Babci Loves Shivs from Sandy L. of First Gen American – I’m not sure what to make of this, but if you want to save money on sharp knives, I suppose this is one way…

Staycation Ideas from Crystal on Passive Family Income – Not being much of a traveler myself (for both financial and personal reasons), it’s nice to see some thoughts on how to have a good time close to home.

Don’t Fall for Money Mind Tricks (Part 2) from Barbara Friedberg – Unfortunately, sometimes our worst enemy to managing our money well is our own mind; here’s some advice on keeping your mind focused (the second in a rather interesting series, thus far).

Why Do Women Go Out With Deadbeat Losers? from Financial Samurai – I can’t resist putting in an article with this title, but it also has a good point on not settling in life (whether it comes to men or to your job).

Weddings on a Budget from Little House in the Valley – As you are probably well aware, I’m engaged, and as I and my fiancee Sondra are on the hook for essentially all the costs of our wedding, I appreciate any advice on cutting down the costs I can find.

Road Trip Ideas and Tips from Elle of Couple Money – On the subject of Sondra, we’re planning a trip to Niagara Falls later this month (next week, in fact), so again, a rather pertinent post for any fellow travelers.  (As in, other travelers this summer, not Communist comrades, in case the FBI is watching my blog…)

Where The Amateur Financier Was Featured

My post Can You Make Money and a Difference with Social Impact Bonds? was an Editor’s pick in this week’s Totally Money Blog Carnival.  Whoo Hoo!  That post was also the best article in the Best of Money Carnival this week!  Double Whoo Hoo!

My Frugal Friday – Pet Care article was featured in the Best Money Tips: Frugal Pet Care article on Wisebread.


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