Reflecting on What Matters to You
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It's been a roller coaster week, both in the news and in our personal lives.
The week started with the WDBJ shooting. I'm unable to wrap my head around the evil intent of the killer.
My heart goes out to Alison Parker's and Adam Ward's loved ones. I wish Vicki Gardner a speedy recovery, though I expect it will take some time to heal.
This tragedy made the stock market news (which was big to an extent) seems so insignificant. The fluctuation continued for the rest of the week.
Finally, this weekend ended on a happy note – my cousin got married. She's a beautiful person and I'm so happy for her.
We had an awesome time hanging out and catching up with friends and family, letting our little ones play with their cousins outside, and just enjoying the moments.
Everything this week was a reminder for me of how little money itself matters in the grand scheme of things.
In the end, money is a tool, not the prize. Saving and investing money or paying off debt – these are milestones in a journey that I hope brings you closer to who and what matters most to you.
Relish the time you have with your loved ones.
Couple Money on the Web
After a small break, the Couple Money Podcast is back for a second season!
- How to Buy the Best Laptop for You
- Tips for Kids an Allowance
- Cable TV Alternatives: Cutting the Cord
- Home and Car Repairs You Can Do Yourself to Save a Ton of Money
I've also been contributing on TurboTax and been writing some summer savings posts that you may enjoy.
- Cure the Post-Vacation Blues with These Savings Tips: I hope your summer has been wonderful and you've had several relaxing weekends and some exciting trips. If you've gone over your budget, I shared some tips to get you back on track.
- 7 Ways to Save When Your Family Goes to the State Fair: Even though North Carolina's state fair is in October, several states have theirs now. While it can be pricey, with a little planning, you can have a great time as a family on the cheap.
Personal Finance Posts of the Week
Here are just a few of my posts I've read this week. I hope you find something you like:
- 20 Car Buying Tips and Tricks – Buying a car can be incredibly stressful, but with some preparation you can get a great deal.
- Budgeting from Nothing – If you two are looking for ways to save money in your budget, please check out this post. I think Stephanie's approach can help you develop a new budget from the ground u without feeling like you're depriving yourselves.
- How We Paid Off $5,000 of Debt in One Month – Jessi shares how they were able to earn more and take advantage of apps to pay down their debt.
- 18 Ways to Have a Money Free Weekend – J has some fun ways to pass the time and not spend a dime.
What has been your favorite posts from this past week?