Friday Round-Up: The Best in Personal Finance Blogs

Friday Round-Up: The Best in Personal Finance Blogs

I’m anxiously awaiting my final piece to my taxes so that I can file away. Silly person, wanting to file taxes, you say? Well, I’m excited to file because the government owes us money. (I know, I know: make adjustments so I’m not loaning the government money. We will.) But this year, it’s nice to get a windfall from Uncle Sam. To roll in the dough. To find money raining from the sky.

Yes, you’re right. It doesn’t really work that way. Even so, finding myself flush with some extra cash that’s owed to me does feel pretty darn good. Unfortunately, I’ve already spent the money...Fortunately, though, it’s for debt repayment; we can cross one more debt off our shrinking list! Yippee!

This is great news, but while I wait for my tax rebate to arrive, I was able to check out the best posts on the internet in the early part of this week. Here’s what I found:

  • If you’ve ever wondered how person-to-person lending works, check out Retire by 40’s post, “P2P Lending for Extra Retirement Income.” The article is very informative and has some great background about his own individual plan.
  • Feel like a slave to your job and lifestyle? You’re not alone. Follow along at Married with Debt as John shares some " Wage Slavery Money Myths.” Breaking some or all of these could leave you ahead of the pack.
  • Hand-me-down toys may become all the rage after reading the “Praise of Hand-Me-Down Toys” post at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff. Most kids are happy to have a new-to-them toy, so why not save some cash for a child’s education instead?
  • Did you ever make a mistake (or a few billion mistakes...) in college? Join Corey at 20’s Finances as he recaps his own college do-over wish list through the post: “My College Mistakes that Everyone Should Avoid.” This could be eye-opening for a teen on the brink of college, so pass it on to financially brighten a kid’s college experience!
  • If you have a good friend or neighbor who’s interested in talking money, check in with Mighty Bargain Hunters to find out why talking about money outside the family could be beneficial to you.

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20's Finances wrote:

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 11:42 Comment #: 1

Thanks for including me in the round up. I'm not sure it's worth the psychological mess to change your tax forms. I had to pay for the first time this year and it was horrible.. :(

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John | Married (with Debt) wrote:

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 12:57 Comment #: 2

Thanks for the mention! I'm waiting for my refund and the online tracker is providing no help, so I'm just gonna assume everything is ok with my money :)

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femmefrugalitly wrote:

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 21:25 Comment #: 3

The psychology behind getting a tax return gets me every year....I figure it's like an interest free savings account. At least it's getting saved, though! Thanks for the links!

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Leigh wrote:

Sat, 03/24/2012 - 04:14 Comment #: 4

You're not silly! I am always excited to file my taxes too :) This year, I adjusted my W-2 withholdings throughout the year and will only be getting about $500 back, but I was still super excited to do that calculation!

How is the pregnancy coming along?

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Christa Palm wrote:

Thu, 03/29/2012 - 16:10 Comment #: 5

20's Finances, yuck on having to pay in this year! I know all the financial advisors say we should not loan the government our money every year, but sometimes, like you say, the headaches of trying to break even are terrible!

John, I hope you get your refund soon -- don't you hate waiting?

Femme Frugality, very true that it's nice to save, even without interest!

Leigh, $500 still isn't too shabby! Baby's doing great -- doc was happy to report that my measurements were "textbook perfect" and Baby looks good :-)