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What’s Hot This Week
Posted By Jim On 07/21/2006 @ 7:43 pm In Personal Finance | 1 Comment
Ahead of my little vacation, I haven’t had much time to peruse other blogs lately so pfblogs.org  has been pretty helpful in putting all the pfblogs into one tidy package so I can read headlines real quick and figure out what interests me.
While only put out just a little while ago, FMF tackles a persistent question: Should you pay off debt or establish an emergency fund?  It’s a summary of his reader’s comments and he doesn’t necessarily answer it, since there is no “right” answer, but publishes opinions so that you can make your own decision.
Here’s a two shotter from Nickel this week. First off, while I can’t sign up for Dish Network, Nickel can and he’s written a scathing review of Dish Network’s customer service . Also, since being scammed is on my mind (read this post about Carl Grossman steailng $150 of my money ), Nickel writes about his experience buying Home Depot coupons on eBay , luckily it wasn’t for hundreds of dollars.
For a little summary of the recent Roth IRA tax laws from a professional, check out JLP’s explanation .
Check out this article by MightyBargainHunter . Makes you wonder what’s worse, buying a 103″ plasma television or shelling out six grand on a birthday party for a five year old? Personally I’ll take the plasma TV because I don’t know many children who remember their fifth birthday party, then again most didn’t have one that cost that much.
Flexo hasn’t opened his mail in a week and so he felt the need to share with us the contents of his mail . I’m only kidding, I love getting the mail and I’m not sure why… it’s like little gifts every day – from credit card companies.
LAMoneyGuy calls out a DataQuick Chief Analyst for terrible math  and while I didn’t read the original article (it requires registration and I was too lazy to go to bugmenot) I’m inclined to believe that LAMoneyGuy’s right – DataQuick was too quick with the data.
Tricia of Blogging Away Debt just moved her blog away from blogspot (Congratulations!) so give her new place  a good breaking in. As for interestingness, I found her experience with AFLAC  (think of the duck that keeps yelilng AFLAC but no one pays attention) pretty informative.
Also, don’t miss this great article by Claire of Tired but Happy titled “Is your house a starter home ?” I am going through the same thing, my house is nice but needs new windows and sliding doors, has a couple other things that need to be done too but I’m putting off… basically this entire article is on point. Reeaaaaaad iiiiit. This post about MyPoints  is pretty informative too.
Lastly but not leasty, Nick at Punny Money has a little rant about Carnivals  (he’s a few weeks too late on this rant) where he actually credits me with putting together a decent carnival. ha! Tricked another one.
I’ll be out for a week so if you’re emailing me, I apologize if I don’t see it before my departure and don’t respond, nothing against you. Nickel  as agreed to hold the fort while I’m gone so don’t try anything spammy.
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 pfblogs.org: http://www.pfblogs.org
 Should you pay off debt or establish an emergency fund?: http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2006/07/which_should_yo.html
 Dish Network’s customer service: http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2006/07/17/dish-network-customer-service-sucks/
 Carl Grossman steailng $150 of my money: http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/carl-d-grossman-of-joplin-mo-stole-my-money.html
 buying Home Depot coupons on eBay: http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2006/07/19/home-depot-coupons-on-ebay-followup/
 JLP’s explanation: http://allthingsfinancialblog.com/2006/07/20/recent-roth-ira-tax-law/
 article by MightyBargainHunter: http://www.mightybargainhunter.com/2006/07/21/two-incredible-wastes-of-money/
 share with us the contents of his mail: http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/2006/07/20/mail-check-some-goodies-arrived-for-me/
 DataQuick Chief Analyst for terrible math: http://itsjustmoney.blogs.com/its_just_money/2006/07/bad_math_by_dat.html#more
 her new place: http://www.bloggingawaydebt.com/
 experience with AFLAC: http://www.bloggingawaydebt.com/?p=306
 Is your house a starter home: http://tiredbuthappy.blogspot.com/2006/07/is-your-house-starter-home.html
 post about MyPoints: http://tiredbuthappy.blogspot.com/2006/07/mypoints-rewards-get-little-less-juicy.html
 little rant about Carnivals: http://www.punny.org/money/carnival-round-up-with-bonus-complaining-week-of-july-17-2006/
 Nickel: http://www.fivecentnickel.com
Thank you for reading!