Interesting Links for December 17, 2009

by Kevin on December 17, 2009

Winter is starting to sweep into good ole Birmingham, and I am already ready for spring. Tomorrow I hope to have the post ready showing you how to radically change your financial life (as mentioned here). To tide you over here are some great links I’ve come across in the past week or so.

Keep Your Home Safe By Giving Non-Specific Status Updates – One of my favorite websites, Lifehacker, shares this important tip. With all the availability in social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) it is risky to mention you are out of town. So this Christmas don’t tell everyone via Facebook that you will be out of the country for two weeks. You are risking someone finding out about it and robbing you while you are gone.

End of the Year Tax Play: Sell Losing Investments – It’s that time of year — time to sell your losers and harvest the tax benefits.

Popular Personal Finance Books Around Twitter – Want to connect with some seriously big authors on Twitter? Check out this post. Good resource.

Mutual Fund Ratings Are Best Ignored – An interesting perspective on Morningstar’s mutual fund ratings system.

Some not-so-serious cheap gift suggestions for 2009 – Has the recession hurt your pocketbook this year? You don’t need to give gifts that cost much. Some good ideas in here. I like the first one a lot, personally!

A brief explanation of foreign exchange trading – Also known as FOREX. I am very, very leery of FOREX trading. Remember, leverage goes both ways…

Introduction to FOREX Investing – Another post about FOREX trading. This author is cautious, too.

6 Advantages of Renting Instead of Buying Your Home – With all the frenzy around the $8,000 home buyer credit this post helps us all take a deep breath and step back, if only for a moment.

How to Live a Rich Life Without Spending a Fortune in Today’s Economy – Again… if the recession is hurting your finances that’s one thing. But it doesn’t necessarily have to affect your quality of life.

How to Be Thankful During Tough Times – A heart wrenching post about an English as a Second language teacher, and a realization of just how great all of our lives are here in America. Yes, even yours.

Best Personal Finance Practices of 2009 – 2009 was a rough year, but this post brought together several bloggers to share how they adjusted this year.

Roth IRA Contributions And Early Withdrawals – Frugal Dad shares his thoughts on Roth IRAs. (We’ve got two Roth IRAs in my household, so I agree with using this financial vehicle.)

Wedding Planning – Debt Kid is engaged and shares the start of his wedding planning list… (Congrats man!)

Tax Planning Demystified – A great intro article into what exactly tax planning is. Do you need it? Find out here.

Do You Deserve To Spend? Is It Ok To Splurge Even When You Don’t Have The Money? – A great article on a topic that I plan to write on sometime soon.

The Carnival of Debt Reduction highlighted one of my articles as well.

Enjoy and we’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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Mrs. Money December 17, 2009 at 11:15 am

Great links! I especially like the Lifehacker post!

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FFB December 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Thanks for the mention!

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Peter December 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Thanks for the link Kevin!

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George December 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Thanks for the great links! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s post.

Also, loved the last link – “Do you Deserve to Spend?”

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Four Pillars December 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Thanks a lot for the links Kevin – great roundup!

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