Today is the day between my anniversaries. Yesterday marked 6 years since Micah and I started dating as well as 1 year since the ceremony in which we were legally married. Tomorrow will mark 1 year since our actual church wedding with family and friends, the one we count. I’ll write more tomorrow about those two days and why we made these choices.
This morning, when I announced our anniversary in church I choked up a little. I remembered what a long road it’s been for us to get here. As individuals and as a couple. We both still fight the urge to “just end it all” and depression which makes nothing seem worthwhile. And then we bounce back and are quite glad that we’re still here. I’m not just grateful for the last year, I’m grateful for all the days over the last few years where I’ve chosen to keep going.
That wasn’t depressing at all. Oh, it was? Well, how about a nice M-Network roundup—what’s been going on in some great personal finance blogs this week? Here’s a taste:
Plonkee decided that since she doesn’t celebrate Independence Day (being British and all that), she might as well declare it getting rid of unwanted things day and outlines some benefits of decluttering. Are you saying the States was unwanted, plonkee? For shame! 😐 😉
Single Guy has recently gotten an incentive to use his Chase card. I’m guessing that they noticed he wasn’t getting into debt and want to change that. No reason not to take careful advantage of it, though!
Patrick watched the recent CBS special on the “Other America” and gives his thoughts on food stamps and the economy.
David of My Two Dollars moved this week. Good for him! There are a number of guest posts on his site if you’d like to check them out. Or just wish him a happy arrival!
The Dough Roller believes that Roth 401(k) plans may actually be a mistake. Careful analysis into why and how they’re problematic. Worth a read if you’re considering one.
Gibble *ahem* I mean Gather Little By Little Guy recognizes the price of Walmart’s cheap goods. Is it really worth it to shop there? I find big box stores entirely too stressful…but then I find most shopping stressful, so perhaps I’m not a good example. And then there’s some ethical questions too. Lots of discussion in the comments.
Pinyo at Moolanomy wonder whether we are financially worse-off than our parents. There are certainly a lot of things we’re expected to spend money on nowadays that my did even exist when my parents were my age.
Paid Twice is looking into disability insurance. She’s taken the first steps. If you don’t have it, join her for this journey…I think it’s quite helpful to see someone else go through it before you do.
And Lynnae at Being Frugal shares how she saves money and keeps cool during the summer.
Also, this week I participated in the Independence Day edition of the Carnival of Financial Goals. Check it out over at Military Finance Network!