Welcome to the end of yet another thrilling work week everyone! Congratulations to those of you who made it, as your last parting shot to the work week, I invite you to check out these reading gems from the past week.
- This stat amazes me: 33% of property tax appeals succeed. FMF expands on that in his post.
- Flexo writes about Capital One’s new breed of debit cards.
- Five Cent Nickel shares with us his experience with the new check-scanning Bank of America ATMs. He’s also looking for guest writers too.
- I always like it when a personal finance blog takes a departure from personal finance, I do it sometimes just to get a change of pace, so please share your funny story with JLP. JLP’s story was pretty good and I think I would’ve reacted in the same way.
- MBH takes a swing at Trent’s somewhat simplistic approach to retiring at 40. It’s far easier to write than it is to do.
- At Sun’s Financial Diary, Sun carefully outlines his personal savings and investing system. This is what makes personal finance blogging so wonderful, the ability to peer into another regular person’s system so you can take from it what you like and merge it into your own (or take the whole thing!). His system is very much like my own (and probably yours).
- Ben hits on a topic I think I’m going to take a swing at later, whether Real Estate Agents are worth their commission.
he’s a monkey.
- 87 responses to Golbguru’s What Have You Got Against Credit Cards? post, pretty impressive. I don’t really have anything against credit cards… but I’ve never fallen into that deep deep hole called debt because of it either.
- Can you take $80 and turn it into$5000 in curb appeal? SVB did.
- Jeremy writes that you need to understand the fine print of a loan. Reason #1 is crucial – Don’t Be Embarrassed if You Don’t Understand. That’s very very true, very few people are experts at reading loans because that’s not your job, whether you work at a MacDonalds or as a rocket scientist. Those things were drafted by lawyers and meant to be read by lawyers, it’s okay if you don’t understand it but you have to force yourself to wade through it.
- Henry writes about age-based 539 plans, which are sort of like target retirement funds but for 529 college plans.
- Did you know there was a 30 day waiting period on flood insurance?