First of all, I want to take the time to thank those of you who have been a part of this blog’s launch! The first post was just in March, yet things have ramped up quite a bit since then. I hope you’re enjoying it. For me, it’s been a lot of fun sharing my stories and insights on personal finance and how it relates to our life. Your comments and emails have been a nice reward, and it’s great to see different perspectives and stories as well. There have been a couple of media requests as well, which have surprised me but have certainly been welcomed as well.
So again, thank you!
As for this past week, there were some very good articles in the personal finance blogosphere. A few that I read and particularly enjoyed were:
- Reader Story: Surviving and Thriving, at Get Rich Slowly
- Counting your Blessings Leads to Contentment, at Frugal Dad
- Dollar-Cost Averaging Takes the Stress out of Investing, at Foreigner’s Finances
- Psychology of Investing: Avoiding Fallacies, at Learn Save Invest
Squirrelers had three posts that were in carnivals this week:
- Squirreling Gone Wild #8 – Doubling Down, at the Carnival of Money Stories, hosted this past week at My Journey to Millions
- Is Your Nest Egg Large Enough? Calculate the Required Rate of Return, at the Carnival of Personal Finance, hosted this past week at Rainy Day Saver
- A Frugal Breakfast That’s Good For You, at the Festival of Frugality hosted by Learn Save Invest
Also, one of the blogs I particularly enjoy, Budgeting in the Fun Stuff, has a redesigned look after migration to a new platform. The blog looks really good, and the content is as good as ever.
To close out, I wanted to provide an update to the story I shared this week in Squirreling Gone Wild #9 – The Free Rider Effect.
In the article, which you can check out at the above link, I share the dilemma I had with how I should handle getting a free train ride, when the conductor misses/forgets to ask me for my ticket. As you can see in the article, I had mixed feelings about it. What would I do if the opportunity would once again arise?
Well, it just happened again a couple of days ago. This time, the train was loaded with people, filled to the max. The conductor was feverishly checking tickets of everyone as he walked through the aisle – but he walked right by me. What did I do this time? I let him walk on by. The guilt didn’t envelop me like I thought it would. I just let him charge on to the next train car, and put my 10-ride ticket back in my wallet. Another free ride. Cha-ching!