Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Roundup – # 2 – October 16th, 2011

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Each week, the purpose of the Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Roundup is the same – for me to be able to connect with you, the readers, on a more personal (non personal finance informational transmission only) level, encourage community, and also to give back to the other bloggers around the blogosphere who have mentioned My Personal Finance Journey throughout the past week.

As far as the theme goes, the title of the roundup gives it away. The roundup theme is named after the Lionel Richie song, Easy Like Sunday Morning (which I play once a week while putting this together), to remind us of the importance of slowing down at least once a week to take appreciation for that which transpired over the past few days.

So, without further ado, let’s get started with this week’s roundup!

Weekly Updates from Jacob’s Personal Finance Journey and Life

  • The big news for My Personal Finance Journey over the past week has been the announcement that I will begin giving away 10% of my monthly blog income each month, with 5% going to giveaway winners (blog readers) and the other 5% going to the charity that the monthly Grand Prize winner selects. I’d encourage everyone to sign up if they haven’t yet done so already by clicking the link in this paragraph.
    • This initiative, along with the annual July Tour de Personal Finance, represent the two most significant, involved, and perhaps even a little crazy (?) thrusts that my blog has done to date. 
    • However, as I experienced in the Tour de Personal Finance this year, it was very fun and fulfilling (despite the effort involved), and I’m sure this will be the same. 
    • I feel very passionate about this monthly 10% giveaway because it essentially creates a virtuous circle of giving and receiving, where essentially all parties, including the community at large, can benefit. 
    • One of my hopes is that doing this might set an example for other blogs to offer something similar (giving a % of their income to readers and giveaways).
  • As far as my personal finances go, this past week has been pretty routine, with no huge expenditures occurring. 
    • However, I did purchase a $250 season pass to the Snowshoe, West Virginia ski resort for this coming ski season. In running the calculations, I only have to go skiing 3 days to recoup my money, so it’s a very good deal! 
    • The main thing I am planning for right now is to save $700 for a trip to New York City in November to accompany my girlfriend (who runs a wine blog called The Academic Wino, which I’d recommend checking out) when she does the New York City Marathon on November 6th. We are also getting close to our 1 year anniversary of being together, so I am beginning to scope out some meaningful, nice, but still economically justified (of course, I don’t want to let any of you down!) gifts.
  • As far as my life in general, this past week, I have been continuing my graduate school research in Alzheimer’s disease in my lab. However, since my adviser is out of town this coming week at a conference, I will be teaching the sophomore undergraduate Intro to Biotechnology class that he normally teaches. This will be my first time teaching an entire class period to undergrads. Should be quite interesting!   
    • Additionally, I got out yesterday to enjoy the beautiful fall colors here in Virginia and did a 10 mile hike to visit Herbert Hoover’s summer retreat/home. Quite modest for a President of the United States, but I guess what else would you expect from the President during the Great Recession?!

Herbert Hoover’s Summer Retreat/Home Experienced During a Recent Hiking Trip

My Favorite 10 Posts of the Past Week

I read quite a few interesting posts throughout the madness that sometimes is the work week. Listed below were 10 of my favorites, listed in random order. Enjoy!

  1. Financial Samurai posted about Who are the Top 1% Income Earners, enumerating some names and categories of jobs that earn over $380,000 per year. This post is interesting, especially with all of the Occupy Wall Street protests happening lately.
  2. Christian PF posted about How To Attend College Debt Free! College can be a stressful time, but you don’t have to add the burden of a strained financial life to the picture. You can be healthy – financially – and still graduate on time with good grades.
  3. Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance posted about How to Get Rid of Debt Start Here. Debt reduction starts in your mind. First, decide on the things that you are willing to give up and then go from there.
  4. Free from Broke posted about What are Credit Unions and Why are They Good for You?     Membership requirements of a credit union are not as strict as before. Read the benefits of opening an account with credit unions over big banks. 
  5. I Will Teach You to Be Rich posted about The Money Diaries: The 20-something freelance writer who spends his summers relaxing at a resort
  6. Moolanomy posted about 3 Main Types of Deposit Accounts: Which One Should You Choose?  There are three main types of deposit accounts you can use to save money for your financial goals. Know which one best fits you.
  7. Wealth Pilgrim posted about 7 Good Ways To Make More Money That Work Fast. Just like the title implies, here are 7 good alternatives to make more money.
  8. Cash Money Life posted about Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Skimp On. There are repairs for the house that we should not skimp on. Know what they are. 
  9. One Money Design posted about Free Fun Things To Do. There are a lot of things that we can do and still have fun without spending a lot.
  10. Being Frugal posted about Bargaining 101: How to get lower prices on everythingLearn the rules in bargaining, where to bargain, and the do’s and dont’s of bargaining. 

If you’re interested in submitting an article for consideration/inclusion to this roundup, just email me by clicking here. Since I’m only 1 guy without a time-machine to give me unlimited time each day, sometimes I miss some really good articles in the blogosphere, and it’s good to be notified of them directly.

Guest Posts from Personal Finance Bloggers on My Personal Finance Journey

Over the past week, we had two great guest posts here at My Personal Finance Journey. They are listed below:

If you’re an individual PF blogger (not a company that has a blog) and would like to guest post on my site, please click here to read more details about how to kick off the guest posting process. I’d love to hear from you!

Blasts From the Past

For the first 6 months after I started this blog, I pretty much “blogged in a cave.” What I mean by this is that I cranked out over 200 very good blog articles in this time period, but since I didn’t know any better, I didn’t reach out to other bloggers, get involved with the online community through commenting on other sites, or do any kind of site promotion at all. As you can imagine, some of the articles written during this time period didn’t get the attention that I think they deserved corresponding to the content contained.

The Blast from the Past section will feature one old My Personal Finance Journey article each week that I feel is high quality, but was published prior to my blog having any sort of real readership. This week’s article is listed below:

A Detailed Look at Homeowner’s Insurance – Pretty much everything you ever needed or wanted to know about homeowner’s insurance, written since I had to learn about this beast prior to buying a condo in August of last year.

Personal Finance “Mad Props” of the Week Award

Every once in a while, when I’m reading an article or site in the personal finance blogosphere, I’ll be so impressed in hearing about what a person did or wrote about, that all I can say to myself is WOW! This section of the roundup will serve as a running “home” for recognizing outstanding achievement. 

The winner this week is Phil from PT Money for his work in spearheading the organization of the Financial Blogger Conference. According to what I’ve read, some of the longer-running (since ~2006) personal finance blog owners had been talking for years about having an official meetup/conference. However, it hadn’t happened because of the no doubt enormous amount of work that would be involved in organizing it. But, this did not deter Phil from coming through with a great conference at the beginning of this month! Nice work Phil!

If you know of someone in the PF blogging world that is really doing amazing things, feel free to send me an email for consideration in future roundups.


Listed below are the giveaways I’ve come across in my journey through the personal finance blogosphere this week (along with the links so that you can head over and enter!). There were a TON of them this week. It’s great to see everyone giving back to their readers through these promotions. 
  • Accountant By Day is giving away over $200 is cash prizes during the entire month of October.
  • The Penny Hoarder is giving away a Nintendo Wii Bundle with Mario Kart through October 30th.
  • The Thousandaire is giving away close to the $700 in prizes through October 15th. I’m sponsoring one of the prizes too! 
  • Free Money Finance is giving away free tickets for a dinner and fundraising show where you can meet him.    
  • Buck Inspire and Retire by 40 have teamed up to give away a Kindle Fire and a Mango Passport Bundle to celebrate their 1 year blogging anniversary (both of them started on the same day) until November 7th. 
  • I’m giving away $105 to blog readers and another $100 to the charity that the Grand Prize winner selects.
  • Frugal Beautiful is giving away a copy of A Memoir of Male Breast Cancer until October 21st.
  • Couple Money is giving away an Android 2.0 Tablet until November 1st.
  • Money is the Root is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card until October 23rd.
  • Invest it Wisely is giving away a copy of the book, In Defense of Food, until October 22nd.
  • Maximizing Money is giving away 50 free customize-able pens until October 31st.
  • Investorz Blog is having a stock picking contest until October 21st. The first place prize is a $50 Amazon Gift Card, and the second place prize is a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

If you’re hosting a giveaway and it’s not listed above, please send me an email to let me know, and I’ll get it included in next week’s roundup! 

Blog Carnivals Featuring My Personal Finance Journey Articles

·         Boomer and Echo hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance and included The Benefits of Finding the Right Loan.
·         KNS Financial hosted the Yakezie Carnival and included Contents and Building Insurance – Are These Coverage Types Necessary and What Do They Include?.
·         Arbor Asset Allocation Model Portfolio (AAAMP) Blog hosted the Self-Directed Investing for Retirement Carnival and included Dollar Cost Averaging vs. Dollar Value Averaging – Which is Better?.
·         Budgets are Sexy hosted the Weekly Roundup: Time, Technology, and Boot Camp and included $205 Giveaway – Community and Charity 10% Monthly Blog Income Give Back #1.
·         The Skilled Investor hosted the Best from This Week from Personal Finance Blogs and included Professional Liability Insurance – Is It Something You Really Need?.
·         My University Money hosted the Carnival of Financial Camaraderie and included What are the Best and Worst Jobs in the World? 

If you are hosting a carnival that includes (or included) My Personal Finance Journey and I missed listing it here (I don’t get trackbacks since I’m not on WordPress, so I have to rely on direct email and Google Alert notifications), please email me so I can include it in my roundup. Thanks!

Top 10 Referring Sites to My Personal Finance Journey This Past Week

  1. Kath Eats
  2. Life Hacker (included a burst of 700 visits in one afternoon)
  3. Yakezie
  4. Free Money Finance
  5. Arbor Investment Planner Blog
  6. Your Finances Simplified
  7. Tight Fisted Miser
  8. Totally Money
  9. Boomer and Echo
  10. Doomer in Canada

Top 5 My Personal Finance Journey Commenters From the Past Week

  1. Krantcents (who I’m STILL convinced is the most prolific blog commenter in the world – anyone care to 2nd this?! Every post I go to he’s already commented on!).
  2. Accountant By Day.
  3. Cash Flow Mantra
  4. Ken @ Arbor Investment Planner
  5. Miss T @ Prairie Eco Thrifter.

Best Reader Submitted Question From the Past Week

This section will serve as a running location for any very insightful, high quality questions submitted by readers throughout the week.
There were no questions submitted this week. However, if you are wondering something about personal finance, please feel free to email me and ask!

My Other Sites

Currently, my only other site besides this one is The Carnival of Passive Investing, which runs monthly editions. If you have any passive investing posts you’ve written recently, you can submit them to be included in the carnival. We have a very special occasion in the next edition of the carnival, as author Jerry Tweddell (wrote the book, Winning with Index Mutual Funds) will be helping to select the best articles.  

However, I have several other domain names purchased, and I am currently learning WordPress Self-Hosted to get these sites live as soon as time allows! I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on progress.

Well, that wraps up this week! If you have any suggestions or recommendations for things you’d like to see in this weekly roundup, just let me know by sending me an email!

As always, thanks to all the readers for creating such a great community here at My Personal Finance Journey. Your interaction is what keeps me going on this blog!

Until next time – Jacob


  1. 20sfinances says:

    Good luck with teaching! Pretty exciting.
    My recent post Weekend Wrap-Up #1

    • Thanks Corey! It should be quite an experience. But, I think I have a lot of experiences I can share and hopefully benefit their lives.
      My recent post Easy Like Sunday Morning Weekly Roundup – # 2 – October 16th, 2011

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