Hey everyone, happy Saturday! How is it going? Today it was 88 degrees, and felt a lot hotter, so I am handling my hot-weather-malaise by eating a brownie with ice cream. It’s not exactly my proudest moment, but I am so over the warm weather! I know, I know – everyone everywhere else is probably getting hit with snow and they’re not appreciating my whining. Trust me, I will trade you (some) snow for some of our hot weather. Let’s bring your 30 degrees temperatures up to 60 degrees, and my 88 degree temps down to 58 degrees. Now that’s winter weather!
Warm weather aside, this week was extra exciting! I contribute articles to LaTisha’s site Young Finances, and my post How to Tackle Student Loan Debt was recently published! It tackles… you guessed it… student loan debt, but it discusses student loan debt in relation to wealth accumulation. Check it out and, if you like what you read, please share it!
I also got to share my October Recap and November Goals, which generated a lot of comment! Thank you to everyone who has commented in support or comment of my goals, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, what are you waiting for? 😉
Target date retirement funds are very intriguing to me, especially since they can be considered ‘set it and forget it’ funds. The general consensus from all the personal finance (PF) bloggers out there seems to be that they want to be more involved in their investments, but I still think target date retirement funds could be good for a lot of people who truly do not want to think about their investments and just get something set up. Check out the post and chime in with your thoughts!
My absolute favorite posts from the week – it’s always hard to choose, but this week was extra difficult! Everyone is really bringing it!
1. Kate from Cashville Skyline outlines the benefits of obsessively saving, and she discusses how she did and how it has worked for her. I really like the idea of knowing how much , exactly, I spend on doctor’s visits, haircuts, and gifts, so I may have to start obsessively budgeting again!
2. Liz from Friday Night Shenanigans has some great ideas for affordable stocking stuffers, and I have to say, her ‘doorbusters’ idea is awesome! Also, like Liz, I still love opening my stocking Christmas morning!
3. Okay, first of all: love the picture the Fun on a Budget ladies chose for this post. Isn’t that great?? Sam’s post, 6 Ways to Conquer Wedding Planning solidifies what I thought all along: wedding planning is time consuming. Just kidding! Not really, but the post reassures you it is possible to have an affordable wedding with just a bit of planning and interviewing.
4. Tre from House of Tre has a dilemma very familiar to me: invest in your company’s 401(k) or invest in a Roth IRA? Tre and I come to generally the same consensus, but if you have any thoughts, head on over and share your two cents at House of Tre!
5. Last but certainly not least, Jessica from Mannered Money has a terrific post that reminds us all why it’s best to always remain professional. You never know how the other party will respond!
Okay, I have to go hide these brownies now before I eat more. 🙂 Have a great weekend and, if you are getting some cold weather, try to send it my way! 🙂