First, a CNN tagline caught my eye: Frugal families defend their lifestyle. It was a great article, actually about how frugality can increase your quality of life for less. The phrasing just struck me as odd—like there’s anything wrong with being frugal.
Ironically, I’d also like to announce that I finally have joint account holder status on the credit card. Finally. Yes!!! I apparently exist!
And in the PF blogosphere:
Patrick bought his wife’s love for $10. Ok, it’s a little more complicated, but it’s incredibly sweet and he gets 20 husband points. He particularly gets points for a) realizing that an inexpensive gift can be incredibly thoughtful and b) reminding us not to neglect our relationships when we’re saving money oh and c) making his wife happy.
Lynnae compiled a whopping 168 frugal tips with the help of her readers. Wow. Just wow.
Clever Dude alerts us to credit card skimming at redbox units and explains how it works. I don’t use them, but this is good to know. I’ve seen photos of ATM skimming.
Johnathan of My Money Blog tells us how to use an online piggy bank to save up for big things….and no it’s not the one you’ve been hearing about at various blogs this week. Great detailed explanation for those of you looking to use ING subaccounts.
LJ of Mommy Gets Paid reflected on her experience with credit cards. They’re not child’s play…
Emily of Remodeling This Life opened up this week about her husband’s depression. As someone married to a depressed man myself, I can identify with a lot of what she’s saying. It’s not easy. Some days it feels hopeless. Since someone found my site tonight looking for ways to talk to someone online about depression I’m going to take a moment to suggest Samaritans. In fact, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to talk with a volunteer. Sometimes it’s too hard to call or to speak or you don’t want to bother anyone. It’s the only suicide hotline I’ve ever used…and it worked very well.
This was a stellar week all around at the M-Network. Here are some great posts by my fellow M-Networkers. 🙂
- PaidTwice warns us to keep an eye on what kinds of copays we actually owe at the doctor’s office. Turns out that some aren’t upstanding enough to turn down/give back overpayments. Insurance is really tough to figure out sometimes, with all the copays and exclusions. I’m glad that her new pediatrician is honest.
- Single Guy decided not to renew his Costco card this year. He does an excellent analysis of why it’s not a good financial decision for him to keep shopping there.
- Dough Roller gives us the “real deal on Dave Ramsey and debt.” He compares the Financial Peace program/Total Money Makeover to Alcoholics Anonymous. I think that’s a rather apt comparison.
- Plonkee shares the joys of hostelling. I’ve never tried it myself…never really had the opportunity. But it sounds like a great idea. What I want to know—how old do you have to be before you can’t stay at a youth hostel anymore?
- David’s wife tried out the $39 glasses service…and so far no good. I hope he’ll keep us updated as to whether or not things get straightened out.
- Gibble wonders if one should discuss finances with children. Tough call—I think it’s important not to scare them, but it’s also important that kids know a bit about why the family does what it does. Add your two cents to the conversation!
So that’s it everyone! Have an excellent rest of your weekend.