Weekly Roundup - March 2, 2013

Another week has flown by and now it's time for another roundup.  At least as of Friday's close the markets had shrugged off the sequester cuts.  For now all the worry was much ado about nothing,but we'll see if a patch is made over the weekend and how the markets react to the outcome next week.  I didn't think the sequester cuts would be that bad, although in the long run they're not going to make a dent in the massive amount of debt the federal government has.  Now how the markets would react there was no telling.      Here's some blog posts that caught my eye during the week.

Challenging Budget Exercise for a High School Class - iHeartBudgets had a guest post from Evolving Personal Finance and she had recently watched an episode of Dawson's Creek that inspired a great budgeting project for high school students.  I'm not sure if we should follow the choice of programming, but the budgeting exercise is top notch.  If only our education system would throw this into the curriculum to really prepare students for the real world.
Vegetable Garden Update - FreeinTenYears posted some pictures of his garden.  I love this time of year with everything getting ready to bloom and can't wait until I get my own property to get my garden started.  There's nothing like fresh veggies picked just 5 minutes before you're going to use them.

Recent Buy, Three Canadian Stocks on my Watchlist - Dividend Mantra decided to go to Canada.  Well purchase some Canadian banks.

Five Dumb Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund - The First Million is the Hardest takes a look at some of the ways people choose to spend a tax refund.  I agree with the list, although the party sounds great!

Lockheed Martin Dividend Stock Analysis - My Financial Independence Journey took a closer look at the investment merits of LMT.  Should you be buying right now?

Portfolio Reaches $4800 Annual Income - Compounding Income recently crossed the $4800 mark, that's $400 per month.  I'm doing my best to catch up to him.

The Magical Doubling Penny - 1500 Days took us back to high school where a teacher of his proposed this scenario.  It's funny because just a few days before he posted this I was thinking of the same thing from my high school years.  You can have $10k today or a penny that doubles every day for a month.  Which would you choose?

An Investment in Aflac - Dividend Growth Stock Investing looked back at what Aflac would have returned over the last 20 years.  While it's not guarantee of future returns, I think anyone investing now will be very satisfied 2 decades from now.

2013 Spending Goal: Little Things Add Up - Leigh has been making changes to her budget and with everything she's done should be able to save an extra $2-300.  It's great to look back every few months to see just where your money went and what you could change.

Surprise, Men and Women Approach Investments Different - My Journey to Millions wrote about the differences between the sexes when it comes to investment.

Options Trade - Safeway (SWY) - All About Interest recently closed out a put option on Safeway.  Check out the details to see how he did.

Put an End to Spoiled, Wasted Food with this Handy Chart - Lifehacker presented a nice little chart showing the expected shelf life of different food items.  If you're looking to try to save money on food, this will come in handy.


  1. Thanks for the mention! There are some solid articles here.

    1. MyFIJ,

      No problem. I'm just glad to share the love. I know a lot of us follow the same blogs, but I know there's posts that I miss that other bloggers catch and I get to check.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. PIP, thanks for sharing, I missed a few such as "The Magical Doubling Penny" or men and women invest differently, so I'll check 'em up.

    1. Martin,

      No problem. It's funny because I happened to recently think about the "Magical Doubling Penny" and then lo and behold there was a post about it. It's hard to keep up with all the great blogs so I like to try and point out some of the articles that I liked from the previous week.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Pursuit,

    Thanks for the mention! Great list of articles there.

    I wish I could find that magic doubling penny!!

    Hope you're having a great weekend.

    Best wishes.

    1. DM,

      Don't we all. That's why I pick up coins I see, what if one happens to be that magical one?

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