Thanks to everyone who voted in Alpha Consumer’s third Alpha Consumer Challenge on the best frugal date idea , we managed to squeak out a win by a single percentage point! I’ll get a copy of Break Down Your Money: How to Get Beyond the Noise to Profit in the Markets , by Fox Business Network reporter Tracy Byrnes, and after I review it, I’ll send it to Funny About Money  who came in second. Better to share the love when you get it!
The Money Writers all talked about their investment performance this year, a great group project idea! They all naturally wrote about it but here are a few of them:
- Financial Bloggers Reveal Their Stock Portfolio Returns (Mid-Year 2008)  by SVB of The Digerati Life
- The Money Writers Portfolio Project: An Inside Look at My Portfolio and Performance This Year  by Jeremy of Gen X Finance.
- I Share My Asset Allocation (as do 7 other Money Writers)  by Lazy Man
- Investment Performance Update – Bleeding Money!  at Money Smart Life
Nickel offers up some advice for entrepreneurs  in MBN’s monthly writing project.
David is quite the Google Docs connoisseur and discovered a nice new set of personal finance templates  worth checking out. There are “hundreds of free templates, from Business Plans to Budget Tracking to Resumes to Thesis Outlines.” Looks like some useful stuff.
A lot of my friends have been traveling the world lately so when I stumbled upon (literally!) How to Travel by Cargo Ship , I had to check it out. None of my friends were traveling by cargo ship, the thought of doing so is really appealing. Would I want to do it? Not sure, I’m afraid I’d get stir crazy and my wife doesn’t do well on ships, but who knows??? 🙂