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It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly 3 months since the last time we hosted the 281st edition of the Festival. For me personally, the summer absolutely FLEW by due to the fact that I was preparing for my PhD qualifying exams after my first year in chemical engineering graduate school.
We had the presentation/exam on September 7th, and with a little luck and a lot of help from other students, I passed! Happy times!
To celebrate the qualifying exam being done with (THANK GOODNESS!), this edition of the Festival will focus on some funny comic strips related to graduate school that I found in doing a Creative Commons search. Enjoy!
1. Darwin presents Older Americans Are Going to Wreck Your Life – Here’s Why posted at Darwin’s Money, saying, “There are several surprising demographic and financial reasons why older Americans are set to wreck your life. Nobody’s talking about it, but the outcome is undeniable.”
I would give this article the top ranking merely for the picture at the top of this post (just kidding, but check it out anyway! haha). However, on a more serious note, this post brings up some VERY important issues about how the Baby Boomer’s and other aging individuals will affect the economy in the near future.
2. Mike Holman presents A practical way to estimate and budget for home maintenance costs posted at Money Smarts Blog, saying, “Traditional methods of calculating home maintenance costs can be misleading. Here is a more accurate to handle house maintenance costs.”
The posts you read while surfing the blogosphere that make you think to yourself, “I need to perform this same analysis with my specific situation,” are true gems! Indeed, they are probably the reason that many of us read blogs in the first place. This article is one of these posts. Personally, I have been using the percentage method of calculating home maintenance costs for the past year and a half since I bought my condo. The method described in this post seems much better though, and it definitely warrants me to give it a try!
3. Evan presents Can You Tell One Scotch from Another? Price versus Preference posted at My Journey to Millions, saying, “Just because you pay 50% more for your cell phone service doesn’t mean it is better …just because you overpaid on an engagement ring doesn’t make it more valuable…and just because your bottle of scotch is 4 times the price doesn’t mean you’ll like it more!”
Personally, I’ve never been able to see how people discern a significant difference between a good $15 bottle of a wine and an expensive $80 bottle of wine. Heck, I’m happy just having a $2.77 (price just went down) bottle of Oak Leaf from Wal-Mart for every day drinking. So, this post really resounded with me! Give it a read!
And now, on to the best of the rest!
Jeff presents Netflix vs Cable TV and HBO Movies posted at Deliver Away Debt.
Robb presents Extended Warranty On A TV? No Thanks! posted at Canadian Finance Blog.
Mike presents Warehouse Club Shopping Tips posted at Stupid Cents.
Dr. Dean presents Disaster: 15 Tips To Prevent Financial Disaster From A Natural Disaster! posted at The Millionaire Nurse Blog.
Glen Craig presents Frugal Vacation Idea – Tag Along to Your Spouse’s Business Conference posted at Free From Broke.
Crystal presents Prince Amukamara – A Frugal Football Rookie! posted at Budgeting In The Fun Stuff.
Squirrelers presents Carefully Watch Prices – They Can Vary From Store to Store! posted at Squirrelers.
Dough Roller presents 15 Cool Ways to Save on Electricity posted at Dough Roller.
Flexo presents Taking a Salary Cut posted at Consumerism Commentary.
Amanda presents 6 Reasons Why You Need to Carry Cash posted at My Dollar Plan.
FMF presents Save Money on Gas by Not Buying on Four Days posted at Free Money Finance.
Donna Freedman presents In praise of the bandana posted at Surviving and Thriving.
Ryan presents How Deal Sites Might be Costing You More posted at Cash Money Life.
Miranda @ Financial Highway presents 45 Ways to Save Money posted at Financial Highway.
A Thrifty Mrs presents Why you only need two cleaning products posted at TotallyMoney.
Kelsey presents Is Buying in Bulk for You? posted at Money Mum.
Jon the Saver presents Converting Your JUNK to Cash posted at Free Money Wisdom.
Source – http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffmcneill/3359395571/sizes/o/in/photostream/
Marie presents Creative Ways to Stick to a Family Budget posted at Money Spending Mommy.
Echo presents Mutual Fund Fees: The High Cost of Canadian Funds posted at Boomer & Echo.
FIRE Finance presents $6000! Save Your Hard Earned Money posted at FIRE Finance.
Miss T. presents How to Live Your Dream Life Debt Free posted at Prairie Eco Thrifter.
Paula presents What’s Wrong With Most Money Advice? posted at Afford Anything.
Funny Graduate School Cartoon # 5 – And….My Favorite of All – The Weekly Productivity Graph of a Graduate Student
Source – http://www.flickr.com/photos/etherealdawn/4552222862/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Sustainable PF presents Is Debt Consolidation Bad? posted at Sustainable Personal Finance.
Corey presents Is Frugal Green? posted at 20’s Finances.
Money Matters Guy presents How To Save Money On Groceries posted at Saving Money Today.
Matt presents Financial Excellence: Inexpensive Family Entertainment Ideas posted at Living in Financial Excellence.
Jason presents Discount Gift Cards: How Much Can You Save? posted at Live Real, Now.
Also, let Jim (the Festival organizer) know if you are interested in hosting as well. It’s a bit of work, but a great way to get your blog out there and meet new folks in the process! I just took a quick look at the schedule, and it appears that almost all of the hosting dates are open for the rest of this year. So, there is plenty of opportunity!
***Leading photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/tulanesally/5198784680/sizes/l/in/photostream/