So I was trying to figure out what exactly to do this long weekend and couldn’t come up with much? But then again, there’s a lot to do without much planning to begin with.
So, I started my long weekend off with this:
Tee off time was 8am with my brother, as we missed the 7am tee time – mostly due to me coming home after 2am, but that’s a whole other story. Despite me playing handicapped (lack of sleep), he put up a decent fight, but I still managed to edge him by 9 strokes. Still a rookie!
And the long weekend continues.
I really look forward to long weekends a lot. Not because of any exciting planned getaways or vacations – it just reduces the work week by a day or two. It may be a carry over from the school days. Nothing thrilled me more like an unexpected school holiday. And while a lot of people plan trips somewhere exciting. Their status on Facebook would announce this hours before with updated albums later – I simply enjoy the downtime.
Despite some more downtime I have 4 posts to write between now and Monday, and only one happens to be for this blog. The joys of side hustling, yet the beauty of being able to write them whenever I want over the course of the next three days. I’m sure there will be more to my long weekend, phone calls, text messages, emails and various offers are incoming, however I’m yet to decide on exactly what to do, with whom, and where. Ah, I love options!
What you up to this long weekend (or just another weekend for my American friends)?
Alright! Enough of me rambling, instead here are some awesome reads you might have missed from some pretty awesome bloggers.
Don’t you just love haters? I love em, because they motivate me! I love proving em wrong, going above the call of duty, and having the last laugh. But, that’s just me, however speaking of haters, there are many online (including in the PF community). It’s easy to say things when hiding behind a computer screen. This week the houswifey did a rant, and I really got a good chuckle from Nell’s post on Shakin’ Off Haters – One Jerk at a Time.
Hot off the press is a great book – The Beginners Guide to Saving & Investing written by some of the biggest Canadian personal finance bloggers. Avrom is giving away a few copies of the book, and does an awesome book review as well. I strongly urge you to enter the contest for a chance to win the book, and if you don’t win a copy buy one, it’s a worth read, as I’m just wrapping up reading myself. Do you smell a review and giveaway coming up? Oh ya!
Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance
The lure of real estate investing is great. This article outlines what it takes to buy, renovate, and resell real estate. I really loved this article, because I can relate to it. The condo that I own was a mess and a total fixer upper, so I have a basic idea at least on the time frame and numbers it takes to get things in order when buying a fixer upper. So, are you cut out to buy a fixer upper?
See Debt Run
Cell phone and cell phone plans are a funny combination. Somehow, somewhere, and sometimes no matter what type of plan you have, you just end up overpaying at the end of the month. So, step in Jefferson, and the article on how to lower your cell phone bill. Lot’s of great tips, especially for those who share their plans.
Young and Thrifty
Lessons learned from blogging – my favorite type of posts. YT wrote an inspirational and real post on lessons learned from blogging. I love blogging a lot, mostly due to no pre-written rules, no perfection, and the ability to have your own voice. Look for part #2 on blogging this coming week written by your truly – it’s a little more harsh, direct, and slightly provoking.
Earlier this week Daisy wrote a great post, yet it kinda struck a nerve with me. The post is called; Ways we are costing each other money. Nothing against Daisy (I think she’s awesome), but I 90% disagree that we are costing each other money. Here’s my response:
“As many people that are scamming the government, there are equally as many ways that the government is trying to stick their hands in our pockets.
A great example is paying taxes on private car sales, government is trying to figure out ways for waiters to claim more income (from tips) so they can charge more taxes, and they’re also presently working on a platform to have people who host garage sales to pay taxes on income earned. Sounds fair? I think not. Taxes on top of taxes.
Remember, the government will always be on the top, and virtually could never go bankrupt. Rather than focusing on civilians trying to gain more cash from the government, we should focus on govt. officials spending freely on lavish hotels, trips around the world, home upgrades, and excessive office spending – all from your, my, and everyone’s wallet.”
My rant continued….
The government is costing us money everyday, yet they are the ones mismanaging money, spending lavishly, politicians avoiding paying taxes, and political figures investing in area’s that will benefit them to get another term, instead of listening what people truly want.
Government’s have an abundance of money, just look at England, where the Olympics will cost the country nearly $13 billion dollars ($7 billion over budget) or 0.55% of their GDP or 1% of the British Government revenue. Think about it!
Thanks for being part of this weekend’s Finance Fox Weekend Recap. We hope you enjoyed this week’s six awesome reads you might have missed, and see us again right here next weekend where we’ll do it all over again.
Have a great rest of the weekend, and be safe!