Weekend Ramblings – March 2nd

Miranda @ Excess Return writes 3 Investing Fees You Shouldn’t Be Paying – As an investor, the goal is to obtain the best possible return. Unfortunately, there are a number of items that can erode your returns. Taxes, inflation, and fees all reduce your real returns from your portfolio. While there is only so much you can do about paying taxes and offsetting the ravages of inflation, there might be a little more you can do about paying fees.

David Leonhardt @ A Ghost Writers Blog writes Before you sign a Ghostwriter contract – You have found a ghostwriter that you want to work with. You are ready to sign a contract. But does the contract cover everything? Here is a quick guide to what you need to know…

John S @ Frugal Rules writes Taking the Plunge: Why I Love Being Self-Employed – Running your own business has its shares of pros and cons and is not for the faint of heart. I love being self-employed because of the freedom it brings as well as being able to see direct results from my hard work.

Jules Wilson @ Faithful With a Few writes 10 Ideas For a Home Business – Home Business Ideas can oftentimes lead to scams. Here’s how you can use your own skills, knowledge, and experience to earn money from home!

Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter writes Giving: Does It Always Have to Be about the Money? – Giving doesn’t always have to be about the money. You can still provide financial relief to others even when you don’t hand over the cash.

KK @ Student Debt Survivor writes My Secret For Paying off $30K In Student Loan Debt – When I finished graduate school I owed $30,304.87 in student loan debt. Curious about how I got myself into and out of that mess?

Little House @ Little House in the Valley writes What’s Distance Worth? – Los Angeles has become a sprawling metropolis that is completely car-dependent because affordable homes in decent neighborhoods are in the boonies. So what is distance worth? Is it worth moving 15-20 miles away to become car dependent, spend an hour or more commuting for the nicer, less expensive house? Or do I settle for a fixer-upper in a shabbier, older neighborhood but ride my bike more often?

Jacob @ My Personal Finance Journey @ My Personal Finance Journey writes When To Buy Name Brand Products and When You’re Just Buying the Name – This post illustrates a few of tips to help you decide when you should buy a brand name product and when to skip the fancy packaging that’s housing a product identical to the generic brand.

Steve @ Grocery Alerts writes Save Money with these 9 Under-Practiced Food Hacks – Already appalled at the rising food costs that we saw in 2012? 2013 promises to bring higher receipt totals still. I can help you keep a significant portion of that in your pocket – where it belongs – with these 9 under-practiced food hacks.

SFB @ Simple Finance Blog writes How to Prepare for Life After College – Life after college does not have to be difficult. Preparation, though, must begin as soon as yesterday.

Jon the Saver @ Free Money Wisdom writes Why The Envelope System is Perfect for a Marriage – This envelope system is great for married couples and helping them get back on track financially.

Daniel @ Sweating the Big Stuff writes Buy Cheap Wine For Your Friends But Tell Them It Was Expensive – Five Cent Nickel recently posted about wines prices and perceptions, noting a Freakonomics podcast that discussed the topic. I’ve always been a big fan of Freakonomics, and was even mentioned in their blog way back when I was a college student with an internship. The specific podcast talked about how individals rate cheap and expensive…

Roger the Amateur Financier @ The Amateur Financier writes Money and Child Raising: Saving for Child’s College – A discussion of the pros and cons of saving and investing to help your child pay for their college education when they reach that point.

Dividend Growth Investor @ Dividend Growth Investor writes What does Buffett see in Heinz (HNZ)? – Dividend stocks make great acquisitions. These slow and steady businesses with dependable growing cashflows are perfect for investors that own 1 share to 100% of the shares.

Robert @ The College Investor writes The Value of Learning to Cook – One of my resolutions for 2013 was to live on half my income, and one way to make that possible is to cook at home, and save restaurants for special occasions. One effective way to do that is to cook at home, most of the time.

Maria @ The Money Principle writes Stumbles on the way to paying our debt – Last week we were very happy to announce that we had repaid some lb100k ($157k) in a tad over 3 years. But don’t believe it was all plain sailing – changing our lives to accommodate budgets and be more careful with money was breaking a (bad) habit of a lifetime.

Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy writes The practicality of joint or separate bank accounts – Where do you stand on joint vs separate bank accounts? Read my take!

Amanda L Grossman @ Frugal Confessions writes Insights from Our Free Investment Portfolio Check-Up, and How to Get Yours – There is something that I have learned along the way in my frugal decadent lifestyle: if you practice frugality all of your life, then you are most likely going

krantcents @ KrantCents writes A Simple Retirement Plan for You! – Retirement can happen at any time! A typical definition of retirement is the act of leaving one’s job and ceasing work. In my parent’s generation, you kicked back and did not do much. It was a way of withdrawing or retreating from the work world.

Rachael @ Money & I writes Charity: Donating your Time without the Costs – Does giving your time to help others need to cost you money!? I provide local alternatives for how you can give back to your community and open the chat feed for anyone advertising volunteer positions for Charity.

A Blinkin @ Funancials writes A Continuation of the Minimum Wage Debate – Evidence and quotations from academic economists on why raising the minimum wage is a bad idea.

Michelle @ The Shop My Closet Project writes Money Love Blanket-Saving money is an act of self-love – It’s my view that the concept of saving money is sold to people in the wrong way. We’re told that we should save because it’s a good thing to do, you should save in case of an emergency. There is a lack of connecting with emotions that affect our money lives. These things that we’re saving for seem so abstract and I don’t know about you but I like to live in the fool’s paradise where emergencies don’t happen to me. Emergencies happen to other people.

Don @ MoneySmartGuides writes How Much Does an MBA Really Cost? – On average, you could pay more than $60,000 for a two-year MBA program. But getting your MBA from one of the most prestigious institutions in the United States could cost more than $100,000.

Gary @ Gajizmo.com writes How To Answer Interview Questions – If you are a student graduating this summer, unemployed, or currently employed but looking to make a jump to another company or industry, preparing for an interview is a sure way of making sure you make it to the next round of the process. Here is a list of the most common interview questions you can expect as well as tips and suggestions on how to answer each.

Girl Meets Debt @ Girl Meets Debt writes Observations of a Former Bank Teller – Many people who know me in my real life are surprised to find out that I went into banking in the first place since I am horrible at math (2+2=let me see check on my Iphone calculator)

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