Last night was my cousin’s wedding…much fun and happiness. They did a great job of including the bride’s son in the ceremony, he even got to light the unity candle with them (made me cry). I was able to find a lovely dress at the thrift store which I’m guessing someone just bought for one occasion/summer and then donated. It’s perfect for this and any other special events I’ll go to this summer and the next. It’s a splendid fit.

The only downside is that as I put the final touches on this (Sat night), I’m still feeling sore from a traffic jam that added an extra hour to our route. And rattled by the people who passed us on the right…as we were in the right hand exit lane. That’s right, they went on the grass just to get 2 or 3 spots ahead. Twice. And I’m tired/grumpy. Ok…

But getting back to fun and happiness, here are some posts I enjoyed this last week.

It’s not quite a post, but in M-Network news, we now have a central site It has our group feed, everyone’s most recent posts, and will (later) include pages about our individual projects and the like. Good times.

Lynnae has lots of suggestions on giving up paper products around the house for more reusable stuff. On another front, congrats Lynnae for being interviewed on CNN!

Lazy Man’s wife was recruited to sell MonaVie…but he’s got thoughts on why this isn’t a good idea. For those who like Buffy, it’s like when Xander was selling energy bars in the “I in Team.” If she wants to drink it, she can probably get it cheaper from those more desperate to sell.

Plonkee has a cool outline of how to supercharge your debt snowball. I like the idea, just check what the balance transfer rate on your credit cards is.

Catherine Lawson encourages us to beat our critics by plugging away. Constructive criticism can be useful, but sometimes those who reject or discourage us are just wrong.

Gibble made up a story which illustrates how just a little spending here and there can fritter away a lot more money than you intended. Peer pressure is tough, even when you’re a “grown-up.”

Single Guy Money has come up with some changes he’s going to make to improve his finances in a slow economy.

And This Wasn’t in the Plan shares the story of the Sneetches. Desire, jealousy, and ready cash can be a bad combination (at least none of the Sneetches went into debt). But in the end everything became such a mess that it worked out. I’m not sure Dr. Seuss wanted the middle step to be part of the moral, though.

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Susan April 20, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Glad you had fun at your cousin’s wedding. Too bad stupid drivers put a downer on the evening! Well, at the very least, I’m sure you looked ravishing in your lovely (and inexpensive) dress, even while combating traffic! πŸ˜‰

Maria April 20, 2008 at 10:44 pm

Thanks for sharing all these great links! I am happy I stumbled across your blog. My husband and I are working to become debt free and I have gotten sucked into personal finance blogs! Hey, I’m having fun … πŸ™‚

Alison @ This Wasn't In The Plan April 20, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Thanks so much for the link!
And I answered your question in the comments πŸ™‚

Cath Lawson April 22, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Hi Mrs M – I’m glad you had a lovely time – aside from the traffic. Thanks for the link. I’m looking forward to reading the other posts too.

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