Friday Finds June 18th, 2010

Another week has flown by at the Accountability household. Here are some of the posts I have recently had the pleasure of reading:

  • My Financial Objectives talks about Bringing Your Efficiency Home. Definitely a topic to which I can relate, and one thing that stood out for me is the need to “relax” upon arriving home. I also read that MFO had a fairly long commute in April (40 minutes to and 60 minutes home) and if you are a regular reader of mine you know my commute is long as well (60 minutes there, 75 minutes+ home).  I have wondered why do I need to relax upon arriving home?  I’ve been sitting for over an hour.  MFO is a young man in his twenties and he feels the need to relax after his hour long commute home… could it be the stress of driving?  Anyway, back to the original link I highlighted, one of the things I am working on each weekend is to become more efficient at home. I’ve started by keeping track of what exactly I am spending my time on, and I hope to streamline some things and hopefully eliminate others.
  • Wealth Artisan writes Fun Shouldn’t Cost a Fortune and lists off several ways to have fun that doesn’t cost anything once you invest in the items.  When I was growing up, we played a lot of board games, checkers and the like as we didn’t have television for many years. We also played outside a lot, and we didn’t have a swimming pool but we had a cement driveway and a water hose that we had a ton of fun with!
  • Flexo over at Consumerism Commentary lists the states which participate in Sales Tax Day.  Arizona does not participate and I don’t believe it ever has.
  • Wealth Informatics says It’s Christmas time! and urges people to start getting ready for the holiday season. This is a great idea because December will be here before we know it! Some really great ideas and spending categories you should think about setting up for December.
  • Peak Personal Finance shares a few ways of how to Automate Your Banking. I actually use all three of the options explored in this post.
  • Kevin at Financially Poor asks Do You Count Your Chickens? and shares a couple of examples of why it’s a bad idea to count your chicks before they hatch!  We actually have first hand knowledge of what that little saying really means.
  • Mrs. Money at Ultimate Money Blog hosted the Carnival of Money Stories and added another entry to her series Why It’s Frugal to Live In… this one she highlights the state of Colorado.
  • Abigail from I Pick Up Pennies tells us about two potentially deadly cases of customer service gone wrong in Deadly Customer Service.
  • Jackie from Money Crush asks Are We Wired to Keep Up With the Joneses? and shares an example of how that can actually come in handy.
  • Funny About Money shares Death by 1000 tiny annoyances, listing nearly 1000 tiny annoyances that recently had her fuming.

Thanks for stopping by, it is a hot sunny day here in Arizona and I’m going to see if I can get something else done besides reading blogs. :-)

Have a lovely day!

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