To my new readers of this blog: welcome! Every Friday, I post a round-up of my writing from other places, any media mentions, and other interesting tidbits. I've been exploring a lot of cool money blogs over the past few weeks, so I'm going to start posting links to those as well. I'm always looking for more fodder, so feel free to send ideas.
"The secret to becoming an idea machine": So, confession, I get a lot of ideas in church. I don't go with that in mind, but the conditions are perfect. You're not distracted by the internet or chores, you're listening to music and reading passages that are very different from what's in the paper. Is it any surprise that stillness makes ideas pop?
"What your young employees really want": Getting paid to learn is a sought-after perk. Here's how to offer that perk on a tight budget.
"Are women leaders selling themselves short?": A worldwide survey of entrepreneurs finds that women have lower expectations for their businesses than men.
"Babysitter Back-up Plan": Donald Rumsfeld said there are known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. When it comes to kids, sick days and snow days are known unknowns, so you can make a plan and budget for them.
Around the web:
Over at The Frugal Girl, Kristen writes about her Food Waste Fridays, and how taking a picture of the food she has to throw away has led to her eating more produce, not less (my concern).
I'm joining the Women's Money Week challenge, pledging to blog about money between March 5-11. Shouldn't be too hard, given that I have a book on money coming out on March 1!
I've also been reading The Family CEO Blog. I particularly liked this post about buying discounted plates on vacation…and then having to pay 132% of the purchase price to ship them home. Oh, the frugal complexity.
I'm starting to look at Kathryn's Conversations. She's an actual finance person, working at a financial firm with $30 billion under management, and so her take on money comes from that angle. Also, I just like the line "run in feet, dream in miles."
Over at The Well-Heeled Blog, people are talking about "no spend challenges." The idea is to not spend any money for a certain number of days. Which is fine… except money is going out the door anyway. Like one-thirtieth of a rent payment. A no-spend challenge focuses on variable small expenses, but I maintain that it's the big set expenses that are most important in the grand scheme of things. Hard to change quickly, I know, which is why "sell your house challenges" probably aren't that popular in the blogosphere…
What are your favorite finance/money blogs?