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Final Moving Weekend & Weekly Links

Posted By Jim On 06/29/2008 @ 11:02 pm In Personal Finance | 2 Comments

Today concluded the fourth consecutive week of my friends’ moving (though I missed the first week because of my wife’s birthday) and I think we’re all moved out. What’s interesting is that three of the four couples were moving into new homes they had purchased, which decreases the likelihood that they’d be moving in the next few years. Consequently, that meant only one couple moved into another rental so we’ll probably be moving them again next year. We’re all in our late twenties, so it’s natural that more of us are entering the ranks of homeowners, it’s only a matter of time before the rest fall in line.

One other surprising item is that of the four, I believe only one dared to rent a U-Haul truck and that was today. Even more surprising is the fact that they had no problems; that’s surprising considering the deluge of comments on my I Hate U-Haul [3] post written nearly three years ago. Maybe U-Haul has cleaned up its act but I doubt it. I’ll still never rent a U-Haul truck.

Weekly links after the jump.

Jeremy talks about the importance of keeping your beneficiaries up to date [4]. Outdated beneficiaries, or not naming them in the first place, can really cause some problems if you don’t stay on top of it. While you ultimately won’t suffer, for obvious reasons, it does put your estate in limbo.

SVB talked about Glassdoor.com [5], a site where you can talk about your job, what others are saying about your company, what goes on at other companies, and all sorts of other great juicy insider information.

Lazy Man talks about buying and selling a computer [6], in which you learn that his desktop is named Liv and his laptop is named Sarah Michelle. Bonus points for realizing he’s a huge Buffy fan.

Ben at Money Smart Life writes about stock market investing 101 [7], discussing how stocks can make you money. Sometimes it’s good to get back to the basics, even if it’s a refresher.

Flexo linked to a clever article by Annie Logue from MSN Money on seven great ways to lose money [8]. I recommend doing the opposite, unless you have too much money. Actually, if you have too much money, contact me and I can solve all of your problems (and mine too!).

Nickel shines a light on all the hidden costs of renting a car [9], from the fueling surcharges to airport fees to “insurance” (really they’re waivers).


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[3] I Hate U-Haul: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/i-hate-u-haul-truck-rental.html

[4] keeping your beneficiaries up to date: http://genxfinance.com/2008/06/26/a-reminder-to-keep-your-beneficiaries-up-to-date/

[5] talked about Glassdoor.com: http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/index.php/2008/06/27/rate-your-job-company-and-salary-at-glassdoorcom-compare-work-and-pay/

[6] buying and selling a computer: http://www.lazymanandmoney.com/buy-sell-computer/

[7] stock market investing 101: http://moneysmartlife.com/stock-market-investing-101-how-can-stocks-make-you-money/

[8] seven great ways to lose money: http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/2008/06/27/7-ways-to-lose-your-money/

[9] hidden costs of renting a car: http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2008/06/25/the-hidden-costs-of-renting-a-car/

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