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Woohoo, it’s the weekend! We made it! I’m so excited it’s already almost mid-August – I have a vacation scheduled with my Dad in late August. I’m so excited, because we’re going to Portland, one of my favorite cities ever!
It’s funny though, because every time I visit Portland, it’s always sunny. We get maybe one day of light rain, and that’s it! I know the Portlanders like those days, but I hate it! My complaint is always, ‘I go to Portland for the rain. I can get sunny days in Phoenix!’ Oh, and the last time I visited Portland with my family, my Mom and I took a long walk and I… got a sunburn. Yup! In Portland. Come on!
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Anyway, I’m crossing my fingers for rain, but really I’m just excited to enjoy the cooler weather. Speaking of which, it’s time for a Weather Wednesday recap…
Weather Wednesday Recap
This past Wednesday, August 6th, it was 103 degrees (39 degrees for my non-American friends), which means I’m already up to $103 in ‘required’ savings this month. Yeah… we’ll see about that. How about we see what our electricity (AKA air conditioning) bill this month first! Maybe I’ll go with the Celsius amount this month. 🙂
On the bright side, B goes back to school (he’s a teacher) on Monday, which is really exciting! I love re-living back to school sales as an adult. I might not need Sharpie markers anymore, or a giant wall planner, but it is fun going shopping with B and buying some of that stuff like it’s actually for me.
Another bright side? We can turn up the A/C a bit since B won’t be home, sweltering, which should save us a little bit in electricity!
Interesting Info Around the Web
I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers do a weekly recap of interesting posts they’ve read, or their work around the web, and I really like that. I don’t just work on posts all the time – I love reading what other personal finance bloggers are writing, so I’m going to share my favorite posts from bloggers and news outlets from this week!
First, shout out to Jessica at Mo’ Money, Mo’ Houses for including me on this week’s link love! She included my recent post, Networking for Introverts, in her weekly top five picks – I’m so flattered! If you haven’t checked out that post yet, you should!
Stefanie from Broke and Beautiful wrote a really interesting post, ‘How to Become an Expert on Anything’. Even though she wasn’t trained in personal finance, Stefanie has made it her goal to learn about personal finance and become an expert in it. The main takeaway I got from Stefanie’s post is that becoming an expert in your field isn’t something you just learn overnight – it’s a lot of work, and you have to be patient, but you can become an expert in your chosen field if you really want to.
Are you thinking of starting your own business? DC from Young Adult Money cautions you to not quit your day job to start your own business with his post ‘4 (More) Reasons NOT to Quit Your Job to Start a Business’. While part of me thinks just ‘bite the bullet’ and jump out into your own business by quitting your day job (sink or swim!), DC makes a very persuasive argument as to why your day job has a number of perks you should seriously consider before you launch out on your own.
Do you side hustle, or want to start a side hustle? Michelle from Diversified Finances has a great post about how to manage your day job and your side hustle. It’s a lot of work, but you can carve out time to do both and still have a semblance of a social life. It’s worth a read if you have a full time job and are considering starting a side hustle – Michelle gives you perspective on how much work it really takes to do both!
This article from Time isn’t new, Millennials (With Jobs) Are Super Saving Their Way to Retirement, but it does make me feel a lot better! With all the negative news about the recession and millennials having a hard time starting out, it’s refreshing to know that we millennials are signing up for 401(k)s, and that 70% of us started saving for retirement at age 22!
And in case you’re here from the Yakezie Challenge, check out Sunburnt Saver’s weekly round up:
New to Sunburnt Saver? Start Here!
If you’re new to Sunburnt Saver, welcome! I’m glad you made it to my corner of the personal finance world, and to get you acclimated to Sunburnt Saver, I’ve created a handy ‘Start Here‘ list of posts you should absolutely read:
- About Sunburnt Saver – my goal with this blog, and a little about me!
- My Blog Posting Schedule – so you know when to expect great content!
- Weather Wednesdays – I reference Weather Wednesdays a lot on Sunburnt Saver, and you’ll probably want to know what I mean. Here’s a recent update on Weather Wednesdays to keep you updated.
- My two most popular posts: ‘3 Places to Get Free Resume Help‘ and ‘Frugal Series: Camping!‘ – add your two cents!
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Have a great weekend!