- Gail tells Canadians to save their taxes throughout the year instead of getting a tax refund. The IRS has an awesome withholding calculator that I use to update my W-4 with my employer since I can do that online and from home.
- Well Heeled Blog discusses “if it matters who makes more money in a relationship”. [site is gone, so took the link down]
- G.E. Miller of 20 Something Finance explains that 89% of feel overworked too.
- The Finance Buff discusses whether it makes sense to lump sum, dollar cost average, or wait for dip to make his Roth IRA contributions. This past year, I started out putting $416.66 in each month and then when I got a bonus in April, I maxed out my Roth IRA. I think that in 2012, I will wait until I know if I can Roth IRA or not and will thus end up doing a lump sum.
- Her Every Cent Counts talks about her only 2% rent increase. My rent would go up a lot if I renew my lease, so I am very glad that I made the decision to buy. I feel like it would just continue to skyrocket over the next few years as well.
- Free Money Finance’s readers provide some excellent rebalancing advice when using index funds.
- George via a reader story at Get Rich Slowly talks about how he finally found balance in his spending and saving. This is definitely something that I’ve been working on over the last few years and I am getting better at/closer to.
- Her Every Cent Counts debates whether or not she should get rid of her emergency fund, part 1 and part 2. This is relevant to me since I am debating liquefying part of my emergency fund to increase my down payment, lowering my emergency fund to $6,000, but I am budgeting about $10,000 for closing costs.
- J.D. at Get Rich Slowly asks the readers how you stay motivated to save. Sometimes I’ve found it difficult to be motivated to save as well, but it helps that I get excited about super small interest growth :) I don’t know how I would have stayed motivated without that.
- Christa at MomVesting reminds us that you should do a final walk-through before closing on a home. This is a great tip that I didn’t know about, though hopefully my real estate agent would have reminded me when/if we get to this point!
- Nicole&Maggie discuss whether you should buy a house in a good school district no matter what. I don’t plan on having kids in the next 5-7 years, so this isn’t a factor in my decision-making process on my current property purchase.
- The Finance Buff explains sensitivity on service fees using behavioral economics.
- Krystal at Give Me Back My Five Bucks shares the feedback her financial planner gave her on her investment situation and the plan he suggested she execute.
Over at Free Money Finance, we discussed “Is My House an Investment?”
Oblivious Investor discusses lump sum versus dollar cost averaging.
Well Heeled discusses “whether a pre-nup is necessary or not”. [site is gone, so took the link down]
Her Every Cent discusses whether to buy a house or invest in the stock market or…?