Ugh. This week has been rough.
I’ve had a serious head cold which my wife and one of the boys have been blessed to receive as well.
A big thanks to my mother-in-law who made us homemade chicken noodle soup (including homemade noodles!)
Top Posts of the Week
Rat Race Exodus posted Cutting Expenses: Who actually pays list price? – “Many of the services you pay for every month, can be reduced with a simple phone call. Since I’m strange and obsessive, and oddly take pleasure in it, I often just start calling all my all services asking if I can get better rates. This started last year when I noticed that my annual SiriusXM charge had hit my account for $150 (last year it was $80). My exact words were “well $150 is too much, what can you do for me?”. The NEXT sentence out of their mouth was “how about we give you the $80 rate again?”. Just like that, I saved $80.”
CreditShout posted What Happens to My Debt if I Move? – “No, you can’t get rid of your debt by moving to a remote tropical island paradise somewhere. We look at what happens to your debt if you move.”
The Millionaire Nurse posted A Fortune: Is A Lost Claim Owed To You? – “There is an estimated one billion in unclaimed life insurance benefits in the US alone. Payouts waiting to go…someplace. Is it possible your family could be owed a life insurance pay out? Learn how to find these ‘lost’ policies.”
Faith and Finance posted 25 Simple Ways to Save Money – “The challenge of finding ways to save money is to find alternatives that cost you less, but still give you the satisfaction you were looking for in the first place. Here are 25 ways to save money by using smart and simple alternatives.”
My Broken Coin posted How To Sprint Successfully Towards Your Financial Goals – “Some people focus on long-term goals that are exhausting marathons. Other people, like me, perform best under the stress of short but stimulating sprints.”
20’s Finance posted December 2011 Goals and Income Report – “Are you curious how much money I make by blogging? Well, you are in luck because I give full disclosure to my readers. I think this is a great way for my readers to partner with me and make this a success.”
Sustainable Personal Finance posted Should You Turn Off Business TV? – “So yeah, if business TV was crack, I’d have a very expensive and dangerous addiction. I’d probably be forced to shake down kids for their lunch money or something. But since it isn’t, my business television addiction is harmless, right?”
DQYDJ posted a great Visualization of IRS Revenues Collected 1960-2010
The Top Personal Finance Post of The Week
And my pick of the week is……
Shaun from Smart Family Finance’s post Crash Course in UCC Check Indorsement Rules for Newlyweds and Why You Should Never Use “And” or “&” When Writing Checks to Newlyweds
He says –
I bet you never thought of writing and cashing a check as a complicated issue, but since check rules are part of the Uniform Commercial Code, you wouldn’t believe how complex it can be. Just try reading the UCC sometime.
However, giving or receiving checks in relation to newlyweds can be a real headache. A newlywed couple in Albany learned this reality the hard way.
When writing checks out to more than one person I always write OR instead of AND for this very reason! Great post Shaun! You also win the award for longest title of the week.
Giveaways This Week
Heads up! Jen at Master the Art of Saving is doing a $25 Amazon.com Gift Card Giveaway!