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Today is the last day of my “paternity” leave, starting on Monday I will be back at work slaving away. It has been an exciting two weeks with the new addition to our family but i think I am ready to get back into my regular schedule again. We have had family in and out for the last two weeks which makes it hard to get work done while entertaining family. Things should calm down next week, until then enjoy these articles from some of the people who follow me on Twitter.

@TheHappyRock asks the question, Is Capitalism Always the Answer? I love it when people write those articles that make you think

@Green_Panda discusses Mortgages and Interest Rates. This post reminds me of my Mortgage Week posts, it is a great look at the basics of mortgages.

@JoeTaxPayerBlog had a guest post on Roth IRA’s at Bible Money Matters. If you are looking for a simple explanation of this investing option you should check it out.

@EvolutionWealth explains When Returns Lie. This is the second part a of a two part article, check out both bits.

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This past week has been great here at SuburbanDollar. I have enjoyed kicking off my Back to the Basics series and am loving the fact that people seem to be enjoying the articles. Right now I should have four more topics to develop for next week and then we will see from there. In addition to working on the Back to the Basics series I have started back up running again. Running has been something I enjoyed since I was in junior high recently however I have fallen off the wagon and quit running. My decision to get back into running was spurred by my desire to run a full marathon and I hope to accomplish that goal in March of 2010. My secret project I mentioned last week is a blog, Suburban Running, where I chronicle my journey from a sedentary life to a marathon runner. Hop on over there and check it out, and if you are really adventurous subscribe to the feed. Enough about me, on with the posts of the week:

@modertightwad asks “What is an Emergency.” An in depth look at when you should or shouldn’t dip into your emergency fund.

@stephonee can appartenly stuff an entire apartment into an Oldsmobile. She talks about how to pack your stuff into your own car. If I tried to accomplish this task I would have to be the proud owner of an 18 wheeler.

@centsiblelife would probably have a hard time moving her stuff now that she is going from a two to a one car household. It wouldn’t really save me any money at this point to do this, both our cars are paid for, but I can definitely see the advantages. Isn’t America the only place where two car households are common?

@heyagainlando says “Think Twice Before Settling Your Credit Card Debt” I fully agree. Think about the ramifications on your life anytime you are considering asking for a reduction in the amount of money you owe a company. They have to treat that difference as a charge off on their books and they are going to make certain the credit bureau knows what went down.

@fiscalfizzle posted a great list of 55 things you can do to simplify your finances. I love lists, especially ones that help me to simplify your life.

The Carnivals

The carnival of personal finance was at Almost Frugal this week and included the wealthy bloggers list.

J. Money with Budgets Are Sexy hosted the Carnival of Money Stories which included my post “Never Underestimate the Value of Family and Friends.”

It’s Frugal Being Green hosted the Festival of Frugality including Chicken’s in Suburbia.

The Money Hacks Carnival was at Personal Finance by the Book and included my post Bank Failures by the Numbers

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It is finally Friday, that day we all long for during the long and difficult work week. Every Friday I highlight four to five articles submitted by those who follow me on Twitter. Twitter is one of those internet phenomenons people just can’t seem to understand. If you don’t twitter, or at least follow people on twitter, you should check it out. Start out with me and the people responsible for the posts I have highlighted below. Each of these people provide value in both their posts on their sites and their tweets. Once you start to follow some people you get to understand the power that a community of like minded people can bring to bear on topics of interest and you want more. You don’t have to send tweets to make great use of twitter.

@MyLifeROI has a great post about Interview blunders. He actually had a girl show up dressed to work the corner, now that is not effective personal marketing. I love that some people still don’t get it. If you are going to interview do a couple of Google searches on how to ace an interview and check out my that post by MLR and the read up on my post on What Not to do in an Interview.

@The_Weakonomist covered a story of particular interest to me on How the Fun May Be Over for Oil Speculators. Last year sometime gas prices in my neighborhood actually reached a point where they were the highest price per gallon in the country. That is the entire Freaking country man, I live in the SouthEast on a pipeline WTF! We were paying $5.00+ per gallon for gas for one day. Thanks a lot speculators.

@ManvsDebt wrote a thesis, well not a thesis but it was long, about Negotiation Tips for Beginners. It does a good job of showing you, through a real life example, how just asking a few simple questions can save you a ton of money.

While not typically my usual round up fodder, @moneyrelation turned 1 this past week. Well not him personally but his blog did, check out a list of the best of Your Money Relationship.


With that said, have a great weekend and bloggers make sure you get your submissions in for the Carnival of Money Stories.

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Friday Finance Followers – Beach House Edition

July 3, 2009

Today is the last day of my last minute vacation so I am doing my roundup from the beach. I am sad to have to go back home tomorrow and I am not looking forward to an 8 hour drive with my 3 year old. Here are the best my followers had to offer this […]

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Friday’s Finance Followers – Last Minute Vacation Edition

June 26, 2009

So the only reason I added the “Last Minute Vacation” part is because I hate seeing numbers like Fridays-finance-followers-2 in my slug. But anyhow I have been invited on a last minute vacation to Destin and all things willing, mainly my boss, I will be heading out Tuesday night for a four day trip. So […]

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