January 14, 2012

Roundup of Random Ramblings 01.14.12.Edition


This being my 2nd Roundup post, I am still uncertain the direction I am going to go with these as far as a theme.  When I hear the word roundup, it makes me think of cowboys (or farmers) rounding up the cattle.  I might just stay with this and look for a relevant picture each week to match this theme.  I toyed with the idea of changing the name of it to “Rambling Rd.”  I drive through Kalamazoo, MI for work almost every day and quite often pass an actual Rambling Rd.  If I can get a good picture of the street sign, it would be cool to post it as the graphic for this segment accompanied by a cool tagline like: “Take a stroll down Rambling Rd. - an offbeat path from the internet superhighway.”  For today though, I found a picture that encompasses one idea of a roundup with a carnival!

I’m getting better at submitting to carnivals.  I’m still having trouble though finding when and if I am included in a carnival, and if so, who is hosting it.  You are supposed to link back to a carnival if you’ve been included, but how am I supposed to know I’ve been included if the host doesn’t tell me?  Regardless, I did some searching this week and found these past carnivals that featured some of my posts.

I finally added a disclaimer page to this blog.  This has been on my mental to-do list for awhile now.  As noted at the top of the disclaimer page, I pretty much copied my disclaimer from somebody elses.  This is actually how I’ve put together most of the elements of this blog.  If I see something I like on somebody elses blog, I emulate it as best I can on mine.  In this case, I had to get permission since I was pretty much copying word for word (with a few minor tweaks).

Random Ramblings
Sam from Financial Samurai created a chart to support his views on how much money people should have saved for retirement in 5-year incremental age groups.  That post generated a ton of comments, many with arguments against his chart. So he followed it up with this post: How To Save More For Retirement If You Don't Make Much Money.

Two of the writers over at DQYDJ.net seemed to have a slight difference in opinion on how to define one word.  Here is PK’s definition of “savings,” as compared to the way Cameron defines the word “savings.”   After this argument wasn’t settled, their site delved directly back into politics as PK charted, analyzed and discussed exit poll data from the New Hampshire Republican primaries.  If that doesn’t sound interesting to you, check out his take that, “Ron Paul just drew pocket aces!”

As part of the Online Money Bloggers $30k Challenge, CFM from Cash Flow Mantra lays out his plans to make $30 grand in 2012.  Likewise, here is how Kevin from Invest It Wisely plans to tackle his $30k goal for 2012.

Kevin from Thousandaire got the call from NYC to be on the Anderson Cooper show to talk about one of his videos. Check out what happened!  Kevin also found a web-site you can check to see if you have unclaimed property (money) floating around out there. Check for yourself, family, friends or even your enemies!

I "stumbled upon" this post from Tushar at Everything Finance: 11 Money-Saving Uses for Dryer Sheets.

Jeffrey at Money Spruce attempts to explain and rationalize his reasons for not currently investing for retirement.

Lora at Financially Smitten explains why she became a huge fan of the "save to spend" account.

This guest post by Tyler on Get Rich Slowly gives tips on what to do when you have no idea what to do.

Derek from Life and My Finances posted over at the Grand Per Month site: How $1,000 Per Month Could Change Your Life.

And, last but not least... I always save the best for last, but in this case, I’m not sure it is the best.  It is by far the most outrageous and far-fetched.  I admit, I'm fairly new to the personal finance side of the blogosphere. But, I never thought the day would come when I would find a post about how masturbating will actually save you money! Found this one from Financial Uproar via Twitter.

I hope you enjoyed this stroll down Rambling Rd., or watching me “roundup” my cattle (links) or whatever this is.  Upcoming next week, planning to take part in my first Yakezie blog swap.  The topic: How to raise a millionaire – developing your child's entrepreneurial aptitude.  This should post on Friday the 20th.  Until then, watch for more incredible content throughout the week.  Have a great weekend everybody!


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