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Personal Finance Roundup — Theme Change Edition

If you’re reading this in an RSS reader, you may have missed the spankin’ “new” theme (come see!!). I remixed the old theme to get a cleaner look overall and am very pleased with the results. After several days of working on all its nuances, combined with some consulting on other sites I had nightmares about CSS all last night. Better than giant bugs the night before, I guess.

On my blog about blogging, I wrote about building a WordPress theme preview site. I did that last week too, at Not much yet, only two themes available and one of them is the default theme. But it’s exciting to have a showcase.

Now on to articles I enjoyed from the last week.

JD writes that ads are not the new online tip jar. Seth Godin went a little off his rocker last week and suggested they are. Ads should only ever be clicked on because they’re interesting, not to “help out” the blogger. False clicks will often make blogger lose advertising or will even get them banned from places like AdSense. So clicking on ads with the intention of helping the blogger is more like the new online “I don’t like you” jar….if that were a type of jar.

Pinyo explains why you should become a part-time entrepreneur. I like his way of thinking. If you can balance it with your full-time work and the rest of your life, then it allows you to get established, take risks, etc, without taking a huge risk. Some people benefit from simply diving in, but most of us would do better easing into things.

A guest-poster at Being Frugal praised the frugality of buying “gently used.” I’ve found a lot of good things at thrift stores. Also, while we didn’t buy a lot of our furniture, most of it was gently(?) used by the people who gave it to us.

Patrick replies to a reader who asked how to break a spending addiction. His answer goes beyond the surface to look into the causes of a spending addiction.

On Gather Little by Little, there’s another article on marriage, money, debt, and divorce. I think that whether or not financial problems or secrets are a main cause of divorce they’re certainly tied in with a root cause, which is a lack of trust and communication.

Paid Twice explains how she keeps up motivation in the good times too. When things are rough, there’s more pressure to move towards making them great. When things are pleasant (but not as good as they could be), there’s less drive. But she keeps going.

For those of you who do home gardening, David of My Two Dollars lists the best dates for fall planting.

Dough Roller thinks the Kiva Credit Card might be the best card ever. The rates are certainly good and if you use it to give to Kiva, the company will add to your donation. It’s a business credit card and only available to those with very good credit, which I guess is how they can make the rates so good.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Big Winner August 24, 2008 at 11:51 am

This new theme is hot!

Kelly from Almost Frugal August 24, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Love the theme- it looks really good. Much less cluttered, but still uniquely you.

Patrick August 24, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Like the new look. I think having the content to the left makes it easier on the eyes:)

Thanks for the mention!

Pinyo August 24, 2008 at 12:12 pm

That was an interesting article by JD regarding Seth’s comment. Thank you for sharing that.

And thank you for highlighting my part-time entrepreneur article.

David August 24, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Looks great, nice job…and thanks for the mention, appreciate it! πŸ™‚

Dad August 24, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Very nice!

Jon August 25, 2008 at 8:39 am

You should post a before-makeover screenshot as well for those of us who, shall we say, don’t have a great visual memory πŸ™‚

Zombie Money September 6, 2008 at 5:18 pm

I like it πŸ™‚

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