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We made it! We all survived the first week after Labor Day and getting back into the rhythm of work, school, and family routine. While it is still warm and sunny outside, my office transitioned quickly into the fall mentality. I spent this week getting ready for conference season (lots of traveling to meet management teams and gather industry data), dealing with a glut of new deals, and getting settled to power through until year end. I’m sure we all faced the same back-to-reality week. Except for all my lovely blogging buddies who are early retired! Lucky, lucky…
This weekend, I’ll be having quite a bit of fun with numbers – one of my favorite things to do! I plan to update Daddy Fish and my financial independence tracker and lay out some scenarios for our goals. Being in Vermont the last two weeks of August made us realize how much we really love it up there. So, I’ll be taking an updated look at our plans to determine how and when we could achieve independence and, potentially, move up north! Have your reviewed your family’s long term goals lately? Do you know where you’re headed? If not, be sure to take a few moments this weekend to chat with your spouse or think about where you want to be in 5-10 years.
As usual, I have some great personal finance blog posts to share with you this week. I hope you check them out and learn something new about your money!
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Top Personal Finance Blog Posts from the Week
An Interactive Guide to Early Retirement and Financial Independence Adam from Minafi has created one of the coolest blog posts I’ve seen all year. Have you ever read choose your own adventure novels? This post is kind of like that, except for financial independence planning! Be sure to check out his post, that updates based on your personal earnings and savings rates as you go! I definitely spent a good long time playing with all the numbers.
The Cost of Climate Change and Its Effects On Your Finances After the terrible destruction of Hurricane Harvey and now with Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida, Gary at Super Saver Tips put together a great post on how climate change will impact all of us. Even if we don’t live on the coast or in a floodplain. Read up on what rising temperatures could mean for your wallet!
7 Negotiation Hacks to Make & Save Money Grant from Millennial Money breaks down some awesome tips on improving your negotiating skills. As someone who lacks this crucial skill, I really enjoyed this post! My favorite point was about establishing trust. We can all spot a used car salesman from a mile away, so it doesn’t help to try and be one!
Why I Quickly Transitioned from Freelance Writer to Virtual Assistant Carrie from Careful Cents has been a self-employed entrepreneur for six years and shares her experience growing her freelance writing business and then transitioning to being a VA. While you might not want to quit your job to work full-time from home like Carrie, both freelance writing and being a virtual assistant can be great side hustles. I loved seeing the comparison and her thought process side by side!
How Much Does a Disney World Trip Cost? Andrew from Family Money Plan broke down the full budget of a trip to Disney World. My son is only 18-months, but every time I see something about Disney World ticket prices and lines, I wonder how much it costs families to attend. It isn’t cheap! If you are looking to plan a family trip, definitely take a look at Andrew’s post to gauge your savings needs.
Did any of these top personal finance posts peak your interest? Did you learn something new about money this week? Let me know in the comments!
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