Somewhere in the past few days will be the anniversary of my birth that is somewhere over the number 50 (need to be vague for security and my vanity too). Birthdays are a mile marker in your life. In my case, many exciting things had occurred on my birthday (the most interesting was when I was almost expelled from University (along with my residence floor) ’nuff said there). I hope that nothing too interesting happens this year (however, I think that is a dubious wish, given my track record).
Other more exciting events are happening globally, with the GOP attempting to choose a candidate to unseat the current sitting President (never an easy task). We also have the Iranians rattling sabres about the Straits of Hormuz and whether the U.S. should be around there, and the question of what happens next in North Korea? All in all, 2012 starts in a perplexed way. Let’s hope there is more clarity coming soon.
I was a little less financially oriented for this birthday week, more slice of life, but I didn’t worry. I won’t be publishing recipes for raisin muffins. Back to money next week:
- To start the week Year of the Dragon and Sunday’s Best I discussed how this is a new year for most folks, except for 1/3 of the world’s population
- Employment numbers still are not getting better and with Unemployment up to end 2011 the news is not getting that much better
- I started veering off course with Prices Going Up, where I playfully pointed out it costs nothing to read this site (and it will continue to be that way)
- I am sick and tired about reading how folks can get rich working at home so I had a go at those folks with Make Your Hobby Pay, no you shouldn’t do as I say.
- I vented in Observations on Telemarketers these folks are like jackals constantly phoning me!
- Random Thoughts: A New Year Has Come recapped all I talked about last week.
Links for the Week
Luckily no one else was aware or commented on my upcoming birthday. However I did find a few new places to read in the new year too:
- One new site I am reading now is Mr. Money Mustache which has an interesting point with you can’t cure obesity with bigger pants a very prophetic statement.
- Another new site I am now checking out is The Blunt Bean Counter who tells us an Estate Planning:A Take of a Fathers Selfless Act of Love
- Ellen Roseman tries to help us figure out what’s the best way to get through to companies?, some useful ideas here.
- Larry MacDonald wonders if 2012 could be when Canada loses its shine, hope not Larry!
- Michael James puts on his Swami Turbin to give us some economic predictions for 2012 good stuff, you forgot to mention the Mayans might have been right too!
- Sandy at Yes I am Cheap rants that TLC’s Extreme Cheapskates is Just for Show, reality TV that is not reality? Next you’ll tell me the sun will rise tomorrow!!! I enjoy the TLC show OMG you can’t wear that it is hideous and you are a moron to wear it you out of shape person!
- Our happy finance caballo My Own Advisor divulges his ambitious 2012 personal finance and investing goals, which is more than I want to tell folks.
- Echo of Boomer and Echo tips us on spotting the crooks, you mean they don’t wear Top Hats and have handlebar mustaches?
- Mike at Money.Smarts give us RESP Canada Learning Bond (CLB) – Why aren’t more people claiming it?, Mike’s RESP book is a must have for anyone with kids
- Frugaltrader at Million Dollar Journey continues his discussions of the Smith Manoeuvre and his portfolio with why I don’t use a dividend ETF for my leveraged portfolio
- Miranda at Planting Money Seeds, asks the good query Taxes: Is that a Home Business or a Hobby? Given how little I am paid, I am embarrassed to call it a Hobby.
- Mrs. SPF at Sustainable Personal Finance gives us a case for Why Use Cloth Diapers I had this discussion with my wife 22 years ago, we started with cloth and ended up with disposable.
- Preet gives us the low down on investing with dividends make up 43% of S&P 500 historical returns
More Birthday Ideas
- Financial Things to Do On Your Birthday gives you a similar list.
- Birthday things to remember has some different ideas for you.
- Random Thoughts: Happy Birthday to Me!
- On Turning 50 outlines some of the angst of getting older
- Now am fifty Five and getting older
- Financial Things to do on your birthday?
Carnivals this Week
I did make it into a few carnivals this week too:
- WealthyPilgrim.com hosted the Carnival of Personal Finance ask the right questions edition which included my article Lifespan of Resolutions
About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.
Author: Unknown I think I am understanding that more now.