This week I finally finished a project I’ve been dancing around for the last couple years. It’s a quilt that I started piecing my final year of college but I decided I disliked something about the borders and never ended up quilting it. I finally dug it out and made some tough calls a few months back, took off the borders, and started the quilting.

I finished it on Thursday and now only have to bind the edges. The quilt is an All Hallows Variation. You can see an image of one here (I used the exact same colors) and if you’re an interested quilter, the pattern is here.

Now on to personal finance posts of the week:

In the last week, I’ve been catching up over at and really enjoying a lot of it. As a writer, one article I found particularly interesting was about vanity scams. I have vague memories of being involved with one of these out of Owings Mills, though we never gave them our money.

Adam at Your Money Relationship is holding a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. All you have to do is fill out a survey.

Great article at The Happy Rock on treating your partner like they matter, especially when it comes to finances. For dominant financial partners–you know, those of us who read and write PF blogs–we can get too used to dictating things because our spouse isn’t interested. But it’s key to remember that they may have an informed opinion (or not care at all) and to always leave room for it.

It’s spring and yardsales/consignment sales are in the air. Paid Twice instructs us in preparing for a consignment sale.

Pinyo reminds us to be wary of discounts because a company is “in the neighborhood.” These calls could lead to anything from overcharging to upselling to fraud/default, to outright theft. Check out companies before you work with them.

David at My Two Dollars talks about the costs of owning different kinds of pets. That’s one reason that we’re not buying one just yet…we need to have the money to commit.

Over at the Amateur Financier, there’s a helpful Life Insurance 101. Our policies are just a few bucks a month and well worthwhile in case either of us dies.


Four Pillars April 19, 2009 at 8:17 am

Thanks a lot for the nice mention!

Enjoy the quilt.

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MrsMicah's Mom April 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm

One day someone suggested you enter a poetry contest she had heard about. You looked up the information and submitted a poem. You were told that your poem had been accepted and would be published in an anthology that would cost just $X (I’ve forgotten how much). I said that something sounded wrong with it and suggested that you ask Grandmommy, who is a poet, about it. She said it was like vanity publishing and told a story of a fellow poet who spent $500 for the book and a convention of authors and so on. She then gave you information about a legitimate contest. I can’t recall whether you entered it or were just too disgusted to enter another contest.

We often received offers of modeling jobs for you and your sister, but I didn’t want either of you involved in modeling, scam or legit, and we never replied to any. At least, I never replied to any and I hope neither of you did either.

mrsmicah April 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm

@4P thanks! I got fabric to bind it today, so I’m happy.

@Mom that sounds right. I never replied to one of those modeling things either. I’ve always been quite aware that I do not have the face or body type of a model…so it would be useless to try to be one. Plus I like food. So whether or not they were scams, those weren’t even attractive offers.

Also, I think I did enter that legitimate contest and placed in it. No anthology, but I got some young poets letter thing. 🙂

Stephanie PTY April 19, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I have quite a few knitting projects sitting around that I really should finish! And a sewing project from – get this – 8th grade that I never finished. I just get distracted making Jayne Cobb hats, is all!

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The Happy Rock April 20, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Thanks for the link Mrs. Micah.

I agree that it is easy for us PF nerds to dictate.

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Roger April 27, 2009 at 2:02 am

Thanks for the link, my friend. I’m sorry I missed it; I’m still getting used to all the changes in my blog. I’m glad you managed to get a good deal on your life insurance; that’s always helpful.

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