What’s Going On in the Blogosphere: Episode 23

The personal finance blogosphere - the world of blogs - is vast

Each week I’m going to try to put together a list of 3-5 great blog posts I’ve read from other personal finance bloggers. These posts are a collection of things I find interesting and thought-provoking, and if you like the content I’m posting I’d encourage you to check out some of the posts in this list.

There are many more posts I recommend throughout the week on Twitter – if you aren’t following me yet, please head over there and give me a Follow or follow me on Facebook.

 

Money Peach: How Does it Feel to Be Debt Free? The Feelings We Didn’t See Coming

Debt payoff stories are awesome. They’re one of my favorite things to read. I honestly can’t relate that much – I never had a ton of debt to deal with. I still love hearing about how people made the decision to tackle their debt, though. The things they’ve had to deal with along the way are always interesting.

This story is no exception.

It’s surprising to me to see such a mix of emotions – then again I’ve never had to deal with $80k in non-mortgage debt.

The Simple Dollar: Honey, I Wrecked Your Credit

Merging money when you get married can be confusing, messy, or just flat out scary. Diane posts over at The Simple Dollar about her experiences as a newly-wed dealing with the challenges of shared expenses.

These are the sorts of challenges that lots of people face, but I wish were less taboo. Admittedly they’re sometimes tough conversations, but they don’t need to be.

Hopefully as we start to be more open about our financial situations these sorts of things will start to go away.

Four Pillar Freedom: Stop Sitting Around and Go Get What You Want

If you’ve ever wanted a motivational post, this is it! Here’s the deal: we can want and wish and dream all day long. It’s easy, and honestly it’s super fun. One of my favorite things is buying a lotto ticket when it’s over about $400 million.

But I know the odds are stacked against me – in the case of the lottery, a lot. However I also know that there are things I can do – actions I can take today – to go and get what I want. Zach has a great challenge to join the 5% club. I know that in 2018 I’ll be joining that challenge – will you?

 

That’s it for this week! If you have a blog that I might not know about, let me know in the comments!

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6 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to check out these posts. I love reading stories about getting out of debt for some reason too.

    I don’t have a blog to suggest. In fact I have the opposite of a suggestion, a question 🙃 Have you happened to stumble upon any helpful blog posts about managing an HSA? To make a long story short (or perhaps a short story long) My husband is changing jobs and for health insurance, his company and we ourselves will be contributing to an HSA. We’ve always had PPO insurance so this is a whole new ballgame for us. Looking to see how others have handled it? Anyway, just a thought!

    Love your posts!

    1. Thanks Brittany! Haha I love those posts too, always inspirational.

      As far as HSA’s go if you want an in-depth overview check out https://www.madfientist.com/ultimate-retirement-account/

      What we do is max the HSA for the year, and invest anything we can (the bank my HSA is at requires $2k cash on hand, so anything over $2k) into a Total Stock Market Index Fund. We typically don’t use it for medical expenses right now, so we save receipts. There’s nothing that says you NEED to use an HSA to cover medical expenses, or that you need to report those in the year in which the expense is incurred. So we can capitalize on growth and use the HSA on ‘old’ receipts down the line.

      Check out that article, and come back with questions. There are tons of great resources out there but Mad Fientist has probably some of the best. Hope that helps!!

    1. Yeah, I saw something about a meetup on the 27th…TBD if I can make that work. Have you guys nailed down a spot yet?

      I work down by the Mall of America right now and we live in the SW suburbs. I miss getting downtown!

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