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Welcome New York Times Readers

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I’d like to welcome all the visitors from the New York Times to my humble blog. As you may have read in the article by Elizabeth (scan of the print version, courtesy of Neville, also archived by a UMSL student or… resort to BugMeNot), this blog is about personal finance and I’ve tried to write in a way that someone clueless about money could understand. I would like to take this time to highlight some of my more interesting posts below, because sometimes they’re hard to find in the maze of archives:

All the tracking of my net worth is reported in this series of articles. I’m in no way trying to show off, which is why I didn’t add net worth until after a few months in at the request of some readers, but I’m just trying to show you how my financial decisions impact the big picture. Just as with anything online, take my numbers with a grain of salt because I could’ve miscalculated or my interpretation of net worth may be higher or lower than the consensus belief of what net worth should include.

Buying A Home – This is a journal, day by day, of how I went about buying my first (and only) home. It lists each article I wrote along with a little blurb as to what it’s about. It includes my thoughts from before I “hired” a buying agent to after I physically moved in. I think it’s pretty comprehensive, albeit long, but a good read for novice homebuyers. I learned a lot by writing it. I’ve also begun writing a series of articles, which I call a homebuying autopsy, where I review where I went wrong and what I could’ve improved.

Is AAA Worth It? – was and still is one of the most commented on articles I’ve ever written. I was debating whether or not to keep AAA service and lots of people weighed in. Despite all the positive comments (they were practically all in favor of keeping AAA), I went with the almighty dollar and nixed it.

The Beauty of Mutual Funds – One of my earlier articles, it’s the first one that ever had an external link to it from another blogger, JLP (a financial Planner in Texas) of AllThingsFinancial, who thought it was a good explanation of mutual funds. I also interviewed him (he’s a really friendly guy).

If you’d like to subscribe to the RSS Feed, you can do so with the buttons at the top right of the screen, and if you’d like to send me a personal message please feel free to use this contact form (I try to respond to messages within 24 hours). Thank you for visiting, enjoy your stay, and hope to see you back in the future!

[Oh, and if you’re from HP, I could use a new laptop! :)]

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35 Responses to “Welcome New York Times Readers”

  1. jim says:

    I figure I helped HP get some free press, worth a shot right? 🙂

    (PS. I think Slim just left town.)

  2. Lawsy says:

    I like your blog design, especialy the way the comments are numbered (Roman numerals) would you mind if I stole that off you for my comments? please…

  3. jim says:

    I used the equix theme originally created by Marcos Sader (attribution is in the footer) and I just made minor modifications to it.

  4. nm says:

    I just finished reading the article about your blog on the nyt. – very interesting, I must say!

    I was just wondering how you were able to save $60 grand at such a relatively young age and with 24K in student loans. How the heck did ya do it? They must have pretty good salaries at HP. What do software engineers make? 100K a year?

  5. Phil Town says:

    Hi. Congratulations. Stop by and pay a visit sometime. I take individual investors (mostly beginners) through case studies as they learn the ups & downs of buying companies at a discount. I have a few posts up about real estate investing too.

    Take care and good luck.

  6. Seventh Circle Not says:

    Very cool. Financial transparency is the key to utopia (Freeland: Hertzka). My wife and I decided to pay off our condo as it was the highest return/most certain investment we could make. Neither of us has a regular job. We budget very tightly. We have a couple of hundred grand in “certain” investments. I’m happier than I’ve ever been. My wife not so, as she worries more than me. (We are both survivors of previous relationships and economic meltdowns). We are unburdened of spending and possessions. We aren’t as anxious over our investments now that we stick to what is tangible and plausible. And fair, since to earn a return that’s more than fair is to take from someone else. We try to balance spiritual pursuits with material pursuits. I’m not naive. I’m a former finance guy. So I think I can get as close to the truth about investing as Popper will let me.

  7. Apprentice says:

    Cool article! I’ve just added your blog to my new reader and will keep an eye on it. Congrats, App

  8. John says:

    Congratulations! I find some of the topics in your blog to be very interesting. Although, You are a few years younger than me and therefore, your financial situations are a few steps behind mine, I’m hoping that more experienced lurkers can chime in with ideas that will turn a million or two into a billion or two.

  9. austere says:

    seriously smart! added to favourites, will read up.

  10. Neal says:

    I know it’s an old thread, but i had to reply to Carl. You’re right about being up to your eyeballs in debt. It’s expected these days; but that shouldn’t make it accepted. It an economy like we have now and are heading into it’s just too dangerous! People don’t usually talk about it on a personal level unless they crack an joke, but if you read the headlines and statistics, it’s really not funny.
    Jim, thanks for getting people talking about money matters. I’ve just launched my own blog dealing with debt elimination. I hope i can be half as successful as you at getting a response. Any suggestions for someone new to the blogging game? Thanks.

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