Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The countdown continues

Avoid Frugality Burnout from Frugal Village

I like to compare money management to things like weight management and exercise because they have similar principles. To save money, you have to spend less than you earn. To lose weight, you have to burn more calories than you consume. In the short term, most people can simply eat less and exercise more, but many people burn out quickly and return to old habits. Likewise, people get tired of scrimping and saving all the time and feeling like they are not having as much fun as the next person. This article reiterates the focus on the long-term goal while celebrating small steps .

Monday, December 29, 2008

Countdown of great blogs from 2008

I have read and applied so much helpful advice this past year. I am not new to the world of saving and investing, but reading on the subject empowered me to take charge of my own financial future instead of consulting with someone will overcharge me for the same information. Over the next few days, I will post 4 more great blog articles from the past year.

Ten Things I Wish I'd Done Differently While Buying a House

From Trent at The Simple Dollar comes an almost Captain Obvious approach to planning for buying a home. His 20X20 hindsight makes for a great read. This article will no doubt be one that I return to in the future since I hope to buy a house in a few years when I have a significant down payment saved.

Here is a related article I recently discovered on MSN, I recommend printing out and saving for later because following the given advice could save you from buying a lemon of a house or save a lot of frustration.

DIY home inspector checklist