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Blog Round-Up: March Favorites

We follow lots of really good blogs – mostly 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 March.

The Roth IRA Movement – Over 140 Bloggers Doing Their Part to Promote Savings

from Good Financial Cents by Jeff Rose
It all started a few weeks ago when I was asked to speak at my Alma Mater. I was speaking to a group of soon-to-be graduating seniors with about 50- 60 in attendance. In my talk I was planning to cover savings, budgeting, and investing tips that these seniors would be faced with once they hit the real world.


7 Ways to Kick-Start the Saving Habit

from PT Money by Philip Taylor
You’d think with the recent downturn in the economy and the drop in housing values that people would begin saving more. You just don’t see it in the numbers.

So, if you currently don’t have any savings…or, maybe you have some savings, but you’ve stopped and find it hard to get back on track, then it’s time to kick start your savings habit.


How Much Car Can You Afford?

from Dough Roller by Rob Berger
I‘ve been talking to my children about finances a lot lately. As they near high school graduation (one senior, one junior), I grow more and more concerned about their ability to handle money. And last week the talk centered around how much you should spend on a car.


8 Things to Do as You Spring Clean Your Finances

from Financial Highway by Miranda
 Spring is in the air, and that usually means a fresh start. Many of us take the time to clear the clutter in our homes, and even clear the clutter in our lives. Spring is the time to clear out the dinginess that has crept in during the winter. And, while you are cleaning out the house, and possibly even getting rid of mental clutter and other clutter in your life, don’t forget to clean out the financial clutter as well.


Are Personal Loans Right for Me?

from MintLife by John Ulzheimer
The mortgage meltdown and subsequent credit crunch spelled doom for an entire collection of risky mortgage related loan products. It also almost killed off the signature loan, also known as a personal loan. However, over the past year, the personal loan industry has made a strong comeback. The question for you is…are they right for me?


9 Simple Ways to Stop Impulse Buying

from Wisebread by Meg Favreau
Ah, the impulse purchase — that momentary thriller, that ruiner of budgets. The impulse buy is a nefarious beast. No matter how good we are at saving and living frugally, sometimes, it can be hard to resist that impulse purchse. But fear not! These nine strategies can help.


* 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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