Friday Round-Up: The Best in Personal Finance Blogs

Friday Round-Up: The Best in Personal Finance Blogs

I’m dressed like a homeless person at the moment. Sweat pants because they fit comfortably below my big preggo belly. A pink long-sleeved t-shirt and short-sleeved tee combo because they’re cute and comfy (even though they’re not quite long enough to cover the pot belly!). Tossed on a red hoodie because I was cold....then added a powder blue vest for more warmth. Oh, and I have red fuzzy slippers, and my frizzy curls were somewhat tamed back into a ponytail this morning.

Yes. Not. So. Pretty.

But I do it all to save a few pennies. After our gorgeous 80 degree weather over the last few weeks, it has dropped into the upper 40s and the 50s. Some days, if we’re lucky, the mercury rises to 60-something degrees. In any case, I refuse to turn the heat back on. So I dress like a bag lady.

Is it wrong that I see no problem with this as long as I don’t happen to run into a neighbor or answer the door? What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to save a little money?

During my weather-induced, crazed-bag-lady-dressing day I did manage to accomplish quite a bit of reading. Here are a few of the best-of-the-best internet sensations from this week (and yes, this award does come from a mismatched crazy person, but hey, you can’t win ‘em all, right?):

  • If you have multiple retirement accounts, read all about the Vanguard IRA rollover experience at RetireByForty. This is Joe’s brother’s personal experience, so it’s an interesting take on the ins and outs of rollover. Check it out!
  • Cash depleted for the next seven days? Then check out the post “Getting Through the ‘Broke Week’” at The Free Financial Advisor. Guest poster Michelle of See Debt Run covers for Joe while he’s on vacay, and her advice can help the family survive a week without cash…and still stay entertained!
  • No matter what someone tells you on the other end of the phone, do not dial *72! Sandy at Yes I am Cheap explains why.
  • Shopping to purchase a needed item or shopping for the sake of shopping? JD Roth at Get Rich Slowly shares his experience with spending (too much) money just for the sake of a retail high.

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femmefrugality wrote:

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 22:08 Comment #: 1

I dress like a homeless person every time I'm not leaving the house. Flattering? No. But its the truth. Thanks for the links!

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Christa Palm wrote:

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 22:50 Comment #: 2

LOL, Femme Frugality -- I don't feel so alone in my mismatched, comfy, layered outfits and wild hair now!

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Leigh wrote:

Sat, 04/07/2012 - 07:13 Comment #: 3

I'm pretty sure almost everyone dresses like a homeless person when they're at home :)

I was home sick from work today and that meant no make-up (though I still shower - that's really helpful when you're not feeling well). I also hate jeans (which you really couldn't tell if you look at my normal out-of-the-house clothes, haha. I hate shoes, so I'll often take my shoes off in the office. Today's outfit: pyjamas and a housecoat :)

I save money on the heater too. All of the heaters in my apartment are covered up with furniture, so there's no way I'm turning the heat on in the winter. Blankets FTW!

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Christa Palm wrote:

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:41 Comment #: 4

Leigh, sorry to hear you were sick -- but glad you were in comfy clothes for your recovery! I agree -- blankets are definitely my friends right now!