I wonder if this is a good or a bad thing. Tuesday night there was an magnitude 5.6 earthquake in Alum Rock, CA near San Jose near midnight EST. I learned about it at around 12:05. You might be wondering if I sit by my computer hoping to catch the first news of the day, well I don’t. I found out someone on XBox Live, who lived in San Jose, in the middle of a game of Halo 3 said “Oh crap, what was that? I think we’re having an earthquake.” Amazingly, he never lost power and kept on trucking.
In somewhat unrelated news and totally off the topic of personal finance but totally on the topic of video games, I can’t wait until Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare comes out on November 5th. I tried to get into the stupid beta but their site was all manner of jacked up so I never got in. I loved the video-gamey COD3 and played that all the time so this version is probably going to get me all addicted (as if Halo3 wasn’t enough).
- JD shares tip from Hotwire about the best holiday travel days for 2007.
- NCN hits Day 29 of 33 in his Money Saving and Debt Reduction series, this time he says that you shouldn’t feel guilty about keeping things simple.
- Nickel shares the 2008 contribution limits for a bunch of retirement plans.
- Flexo just put a bunch of his savings into a Countrywide 5.65% APY CD.
- FMF is giving away his last copy of Quicken 2008 Premier!
- JLP talks about the falling fad of Crocs.
- A week wouldn’t be complete without a doom and gloom post from MBH. This time it’s about Peak Oil!
- Happy Belated Birthday Jeremy! GenX Finance is one year old!
- SVB talks about ghosts and goblins and how they affect home selling. Actually, it’s more about buying and selling a house with a backstory, but it’s cool if that backstory was a headless horseman rather than a much hated tax collector (unless they were axe murdered!).
- Ben recently went to a single income and discusses juggling accounts.
- Lazy Man talks about buying clearance candy, which is similar to the Thursday Frugal Tip on Festival of Frugality which is to stock up on clearance decorations after a big holiday.
- Golbguru asks an interesting question – Will You Spoil Your Children If You Give Them Substantial Economic Gifts?
- Sun is in open enrollment at his work and is thinking about opening an HSA.
- Consumerist makes a good point about not asking for a note of apology from a company. It does seem childish and honestly, you shouldn’t care. You want an apology if your neighbor accidentally ran over your azalea with his lawnmower. You want an apology if your husband “accidentally” dropped your favorite ridiculously ugly clay “pot” that your sister made. Those are relationships and those should be valued. You shouldn’t care or want a face-less company to send you a letter about how they’re “sorry” because they aren’t sorry… they don’t really care. You’re a profit & loss statistic for them. Plus it makes you look crazy.
- Paid Volunteerism is something I thought was interesting so I wrote about it on My Retirement Blog. The idea is that someone being will be utilized more effectively (since they’re not free) plus the person will feel more valued, even if it’s only a symbolic payment.
- Daily Money Hack is a new site I put together to showcase off some deals and steals out there in the personal finance world. I like to keep BFP more about myself and the things I do, rather than have it be a deal hunting thing (unless it’s something about deal hunting I’m actively doing, like searching for Comcast deals or something). The hot new offer I have on there now is a $50 first purchase bonus for the Chase Freedom card.