Friday Round-Up: The Best in Personal Finance Blogs

It’s been quite the lovely week here in the Midwest, and as I’ve continued to walk (okay, at this point, waddle) four miles per day, I’ve never been more grateful for 70 degree sunny days. In fact, almost every day in the past 8.5 months has been unseasonably beautiful. I couldn’t have hoped for better weather and a better pregnancy overall.

That being said, now that I’ve entered the last four week stretch, I have noticed some of those “pregnancy things” that many women complain about. Lack of energy, shortness of breath, the ability to eat an entire refrigerator in an hour (and then complain of heartburn and indigestion for some unknown reason). Oh, and limbs poking every part of my belly. I swear this baby’s an octopus.

In a cute note, my latest ultrasound revealed something I suspected. No, the baby isn’t really an octopus. But she does tend to place both hands and both feet directly on the upper right side of my belly. And proceed to push with all of her baby might. I knew something funny was going on in my upper right quadrant!

Oof! There she goes again…

In between punches and pushes to my belly, Baby likes to sleep, so she’s given me some free time to read up on this week’s personal finance blogs. From impressing the new boss to becoming a SAHD to helping your teen find summer employment, here are the best of the best for the week:

  • In this economy, coming under new management can be a little nerve-wracking. But it doesn’t have to be. Check in with Miss T. at Prairie Eco Thrifter to get the details on how you can impress the new boss and keep your job in good (or even better!) standing.
  • How comfortable would you and your family be with a reversal of the traditional family structure? Sandy at Yes I am Cheap takes a look at the rising trend of stay-at-home dads.
  • If your dreams include more education, you might wish to check out Derek’s post at Life and My Finances. He asks: “Is an MBA Really Worth the Cost?” Surprisingly, sometimes higher education isn’t as beneficial as it may appear.
  • Join Jon at Married with Debt to explore when minimalism goes too far. Then weigh in with your own thoughts about jumping on the minimalist track…or deleting a few tracks (hint: read the blog post for full understanding!).
  • Summer is soon upon us, and it may be time to nudge (or kick…) your teen out the door toward gainful summer employment. But with our economy struggling, what kinds of summer jobs are available? Check in with Broke Professionals to check out some great teen “Summer Jobs.”

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Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter wrote:

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 13:31 Comment #: 1

Glad to hear things with baby are going well. I always think the ultrasounds are one of the coolest things available. Pics before they arrive is quite neat.

Thanks for the inclusion this week. I really appreciate it. I hope you have a great weekend.

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femmefrugality wrote:

Sat, 05/12/2012 - 03:27 Comment #: 2

Good to hear you're hanging in there and that everything is healthy! I can't even believe you're still walking that far everyday...kudos to you! Thanks for the reading material. :)

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Christa Palm wrote:

Mon, 05/14/2012 - 22:27 Comment #: 3

Miss T and FF: thanks! I'm excited about welcoming our baby girl pretty soon, but I'll keep waddling along as long as possible ;-)

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