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Blog Round-Up: April Favorites

We follow lots of really good blogs – 
Blog Round-Up: April Favoritesmostly related to personal finance and economics. The Blog Round-Up allows us to point you in the direction of some great content from the blogging world. Posts* included in today’s round-up are our favorites from the month of April.

What Type of Spender Are You?

from Cash Money Life by Ryan Guina
Some people have a hard time spending money, while it easily slips through the hands of others. Why is this?

There are a lot of reasons, but a lot of it has to do with our internal motivations and attitudes toward money. For example, I find it easier to spend money on other people than I do to spend money on myself – especially if I am spending money on my children. It’s not that I’m scared of spending money or that I have an overly restrictive budget. It’s just that I usually have a bigger long term goal for my money than buying myself the latest and greatest in clothing/gadgets/cars/fill in the blank.


Avoid Money Problems by Planning for Annual and Irregular Expense

From Moolanomy by Kevin Mulligan
Have you ever been caught off guard by an annual expense that you had forgotten would need to be paid this month? Maybe you pay your life insurance with one payment every year or your dog needs to get shots every 6 months. An unexpected annual bill that pops up in a tight financial month can make for a lot of stress and juggling of bill payments. Who gets paid first?


Is Your Spending Normal?

From Get Rich Slowly by JD Roth
Over the past year, one of the most popular features here at Get Rich Slowly has been the monthly “how much do you spend on X?” question. I started these informal and unscientific surveys on a whim. I wanted too see what sort of spending ranges we held as a population of relatively money-savvy citizens.


7 Money Moves to Make When You Get a New Job

From Wisebread by David Ning
Whether you are trying to change positions, find work again after a layoff, or simply start your career, it's easy to jump for joy when you get a job offer and forget all about your wealth for awhile. Yet, this is a great time to think about your finances, because taking the right steps now can really accelerate your asset accumulation. Here are seven items you should think about if you want to take your wealth to a whole new level.


What I Learned From Buying My First Home

From Money Under 30 by Amber Gilstrab
A few weeks ago, I closed on my first home. (Two months ago, I didn’t even know what closing on a home really meant…that’s how fast this all happened!)


How Much Should You Pay a Babysitter?

From Bargaineering by Miranda Marquit
If you have kids, one of the questions that parents inevitably have to face is this one: How much should I pay the babysitter? If you want to go out and have some fun without the little one(s), and they aren’t old enough to watch after each other, you’ll have to hire someone you trust to watch them while you’re out painting the town red.

The answer to that question, like the answer to so many like it, is that it depends. What you pay depends on a number of factors. You want to be fair to the sitter, but you also don’t want to overpay for the service.


* Blogs we follow and admire sometimes endorse specific investments, general investing strategies or other products/services/ institutions that we do not recommend or have not analyzed. Reviews and endorsements in posts from other blogs represent the views of those bloggers and should not be interpreted as a recommendation/endorsement by Smart401k.


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