This week was a busy one for my wife and I, and I have a feeling that it is only going to become busier the closer it gets to her due date. We’ve done some birthing classes, made our baby registry, and next week we are driving 6 hours to visit her parents and have a baby shower. It is a lot of fun, but I have a feeling things will only get busier. But that’s OK. We’re both excited about becoming parents!
Religion and Money
CNN ran an excellent series on how religion can affect finances. The three part series and focuses on three prominent religions and how some members of those respective faiths have financial difficulties because of how their faith dictates certain actions. For them it is not a choice of cutting back or not spending the money – their faith comes first. This was a very interesting read.
- Jewish faith and money. Dealing with the high costs of kosher foods and living in a
- Christianity and money. Struggling with tithing and earning enough money.
- Muslims and money. The Muslim faith prohibits paying or receiving interest, making many transactions such as buying a house or renting a car difficult.
Recommended personal finance articles:
How To Save Money – The 1,001 List Of Money Saving Tips And Ideas. An awesome list of money saving resources.
Saving Money on Health Insurance, Doctors Visits, and Prescription Medicine. Health care is one of the largest expenses (outside of housing and food) that many families face.
Online blog and business accounting. Great resource for those of you who have a small business and struggle to keep up with accounting.
Refurbishing Old Computers With Ubuntu Linux. I’ve been thinking about installing Ubuntu on one of my old laptops to see if I can extend its life a little bit.
Dave Ramsey Unleashed: How to Apply Ramsey’s ‘Baby Steps’ to Grown Up Finances. More info on Dave Ramsey.
Consider the Impact On Your Finances When Taking a Paid Leave of Absence, FMLA, or Disability From Work. Very important article to read – especially if you think you may have a planned absence in the near future.
Surviving an IRS Audit — Tips for Small Businesses. Another great article for those with a small business.
How Much Is A Tree Worth? Trees can have a great affect on your heating and cooling bills.
I Survived – But Just Barely. This article is a good reason why I hate watching the news – which seems to blow just about everything out of proportion.
early retirement or meaningful work? I’ll take the meaningful work please.
Job security is a myth for me. The definition of a job is changing all the time, which is probably a good thing for many people.
Whatever happened to the living wage? Karen from MSN’s Smart Money has a few resources about how difficult it is to raise a family these days.
Don’t Forget To Live Today While Planning For The Future. Have a little fun. Go on – it won’t hurt you!
What Fantasy Baseball Has Taught Me About Finances and Investing. I love me a little fantasy baseball. My team is currently in the top half of the standings, but there is a lot of baseball left to play.
This week’s carnivals:
- Carnival of Money Stories – Inaugural Edition was hosted at Gather Little by Little.
- Carnival of Debt Reduction- Comedy Edition was hosted at Financial Highway.
- Carnival Of Twenty Something’s Finances: Backpacker’s Edition was hosted at Man Vs. Debt.
- The 177th Festival of Frugality! was hosted at Savings Not Shoes.
- Money Hacks Carnival #64 – As American As Apple Pie was hosted at My Life ROI.
- Carnival of Wealth, Money and Life – May 9, 2009 was held at Dollar Frugal.