I’ve managing to get some reading done this week and I’m happy to say I’m about a 1/3 into The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. I had read bit and pieces of it throughout the year, but after reading JD’s endorsement of it, I decided to read the whole thing.
There is a ton of useful information and while I don’t want to or can’t apply all the tips, it’s interesting to see the process that goes with frugality. It certainly takes some creativity and skills.
Carnivals for the Week
If you haven’t hosted a blog carnival, I will let you know that it does take time to organize all the entries. kudos to this week’s hosts!
There were some wonderful posts this week that I was happy to read. I wanted to share some quick thoughts on them. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.
If You Can’t Live on $40,000 Per Year, Its Your Own Fault via @LenPenzo: I have to say, Len presents a great case on the matter. Is it really cost of living of the area or is it what you think it should be? Southern California is an expensive place, but if $40k can get you want you need, then maybe the problem is people’s lifestyles.
The New Rule For Engagement Ring Buying via @financialsamura: Stipulating how much your engagement ring should be is not my cup of tea. While having a beautiful ring is wonderful, I didn’t give my husband a budget for it. Sam’s guideline seems like a great way to start a discussion!
Saying and Doing Are Two Different Things via @Little House: Certainly true with personal finance. I think most of us know what we need to do, but execution is hard. Great post on topic. My suggestion for those having a hard time getting started -automate savings. It’s been extremely helpful for us.