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pfPicks: We’re Almost to 2010!

Whew, the end of yet another week. Can you believe it’s already November? It seemed like only yesterday I was trying to figure out what to get my wife for Valentine’s Day and already we’re planning for Thanksgiving in a few short weeks. It’s been a heck of a year so far, though we still have a little bit to go, and while things haven’t been too rough, I know that everyone’s been dealing with challenges this year. One thing we can be thankful for is that we’re still here, still kicking, and 2010 is just a few weeks away. Keep your head up and keep fighting, you only fail if you give up.

I hope you enjoy this week’s picks:

It’s been a while since someone has taken business analysis to personal finances but Wojciech at Fiscal Fizzle does a great job in his post send the SWOT on your finances [3]. SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It’s a great way to analyze a project or venture. The strengths and weaknesses piece analyzes yourself or the venture while the opportunities and threats is an assessment of the environment you or the venture will operate in. Solid post, well worth reading because it gives you another way to analyze your finances. [Fiscal Fizzle]

Do you remember the first time you tried to stand up? I do. I pressed up with all my might, tried to put my little feetsies under me and promptly fell on my butt. But did I let that stop me from standing up? From walking? Heck no! I stand up all the time now! Failure is a good thing [4] and I thought Financial Samurai wrote a great post on how to use failure as motivation [5]. [Financial Samurai]

I wanted to talk about Thrift and the Art of Pet Maintenance [6] not because it has tips for pet care but because those tips apply to the maintenance of anything. Preventative maintenance and regular care keeps repairs down, whether it’s your car, your dog, or yourself. [TIME: It’s Your Money]

Finally, I wanted to highlight this uber-useful post by Squawkfox on how to buy a slow cooker [7]. It’s getting to be pretty cold nowadays and, as I wrote about earlier, we’re cooking more in the recession [8], so finding a good slow cooker is a must. Fortunately, we already have one from our wedding so we won’t be shopping but you might – so I hope you find this useful. (in fact, we made a stew yesterday… and it was delicious).

Have a great weekend!