After last week’s excitement, things slowed down a bit this week. I did pick up a few brave clients who are willing to let me give my graphic design chops a whirl and the LLC paperwork has been sent off. I just need to spend a lot of time learning all the intimate aspects that go along with both of those new endeavors. I’m still working diligently behind the scenes on my new site, which has an anticipated launch date of February 29th (just because I think it’s cool to have the start date be on a leap year). And I made my first Bloggers Give Back donation to the American Cancer Society in memory of my Nanny, who passed away from thyroid cancer in 1997.
For this week’s sharing posts, it’s all about Yakezie. Yakezie, for my newer readers, is a network of personal finance and lifestyle sites with the motto is “selflessly helping others”. And it’s really true. Joining the Yakezie network is one of the two best choices I’ve made for my blog.
One of the activities over at Yakezie is participating in teams. My team is full of incredible and diverse writers and this week, I’ll share some of my favorite posts my teammates wrote this week. Also, in continuing what I said last week, instead of sharing some of my favorite non-personal finance sites, in February I’ll be highlighting some new PF blogs that I’ve been enjoying (and they’re all Yakezie challengers, too!)
Personal finance reads (where I showcase some of my favorite personal finance posts)
On 20s Finances, Corey’s wife provides excellent tips for young job applicants. It’s a good refresher for me. I haven’t been a “young” job applicant in a long time!
Melissa at Mom’s Plans gives an update on her Debt Snowflake Challenge. I’m starting to consider getting in on this but for savings.
Sustainable Personal Finance hosted a very informative guest post on how to make your own baby food (written by Marissa at Thirty-Six Months). I didn’t make my own baby food but I might consider it if anything changes and I can have another baby.
The Tight Fisted Miser offered a very thought provoking post, asking Starting Out Poor or Rich: Which Is Better? My answer is in the comments and I’m contemplating writing a post expanding on that comment.
Kyle at The Penny Hoarder let us know that Kohl’s is giving away a $5 to anyone who signs up for their newsletter (new subscribers only).
Tushar from Everything Finance wrote about how freelancers can rent apartments when they’re self-employed (this was also written by Marissa. That chick is everywhere!). The post gave some information that I definitely needed.
New personal finance reads (or, blogs you need to start reading)
See Debt Run–I think it’s terrific when a couple can blog together about changing their finances. It’s actual proof that if you’re in it together, change is a lot easier. I really enjoy how honest and realistic Michelle and Jefferson are about themselves.
Young Cheap Living–Kraig is a great writer and he provides insight as a single, financially responsible 20-something. His post topics are a good mix of practical and personal, and his photography is pretty great, too!
Small Budget, Big Dreams–Kari’s blog is really new but if what she’s already written is any indication of what’s to come, then we’re all in for a treat. Her posts are incredibly informative and she lives in the metro New York area, so she knows what she’s talking about when she talks saving money in an expensive place.
Below Her Means–I wish I could sum her blog in one or two succinct sentences but I can’t. She freaking awesome and you need to read her site. That is all.
My other writing (where I showcase myself or where you can find my staff writing)
Choices are hard. Which choice will you make? at Enemy of Debt
52 Ways to Live Richly Reasonable: Make-up, part 2 at Richly Reasonable
52 Week Prosperity Plan, week 4: Prioritizing Debts at Go Be Rich
The best travel secret ever? Off-peak travel at My Broken Coin (part of Yakezie blog swap #17)