First, let me say that I spend more money on my kids than I do for myself.
And in my mind that use to make it okay that I don’t really get the latest and greatest electronic, or motorized things for them. But lately, I’ve been thinking that perhaps I don’t spend enough and perhaps I really should spend more money on my kids.
I think we are somewhat rare in that we really only spend a few hundred dollars on each kid at Christmas, and even less for their birthdays. To me that seems like a lot, but when I compare what my kids have to the neighborhood kids, it seems like they have less.
In particular, my daughter seems like she’s at a huge disadvantage because she’s ready to try advanced electronics. She’s been asking for a laptop, ipod touch, or a cell phone for the last few months. I’ve been telling her that she’s too young, but really she’s not. I know she has the focus and skills to work such devices, but it just seems unfair to my son to give her such devices now at such a young age (she’s still 7-years-old). Of course the costs are a concern too, I do hate to busy expensive things that lose their value so quickly.
Perhaps if I think hard enough on the matter, I can come up with something that isn’t too expensive, yet still gives her exposure to such technology. Think, think, think…
On the other hand, I would like to give both of my kids some of the adrenalin rushing fun I had as a child (go-karting, motorcycle dirt bikes etc).
20’s Finances: The Dollar Challenge: Invitation Great idea, check out this challenge!
101 Centavos: Community Garden FAIL! What a great attempt and a ton of knowledge gained from the attempt. Great story.
First Gen American: Babci on Death Wise advice from Babci! Great saying “Death doesn’t have favorites.”
Live Real, Now: 53 Percent And to think, I thought I was tough working at the age of 15… This is a great story of working at an early age and pulling yourself up by the bootstraps. Read this, I’m sure you’ll be impressed.
My Journey To Millions: Do You Use a Professional For Items That Can Be Purchased Online? Information use to be power, but slowly it’s being commoditized in my option. Interesting take!
Budgeting in the Fun Stuff: Tipping after a Bad Experience I usually go as low as 10% if they provide very, very bad service. I think our tip is an evaluation of their service, if not, then why even have tipping as an option? Include it into the price of the meal.
Mortgage Free By 30: Do you have a 5 year plan? I do. I don’t, but I should have one!
Everyday Tips and Thoughts: Craziest Ways People Save Money This is a funny, and yet sad story about being too frugal!
Wealth Informatics: When frugality = stupidity : Illusion of saving money This rings very true! It is possible to be too frugal!
Beating the Index: Aroway Energy: A Rising Junior Oil Company in Alberta’s Hot Peace River Arch Area Interesting investing prospect, definitely worth looking further into.
Invest It Wisely: Invest Wisely in Protecting Your Most Precious Data: How to Back Up Your Stuff to the Cloud I have a hard time turning down a tech article! This is spot on though!
Green Money Life: Tips for Living the Frugal Life – While Still Enjoying Yourself
Barbara Friedberg: Go Beyond Keeping Up With The Joneses – Great advice on not competing with the financial destructive spending of others.
20 and Engaged: Quarter Life Crisis: WTF Am I Doing? I feel like this even now!
Canadian Financial Blog: Five Fall Car Care Tips to Do Now I so need to do these five checks!
Krant Cents: Is the American Dream Dead?
Car Negotiation Coach: What Should I Pay for a New Car? Let’s Ask TrueCar Never heard of TrueCar site before, I’ll have to use this next time when I go car shopping!
Stupid Cents: What is Stopping You From Earning Money Online? It doesn’t get any truer than what Mike has identified here.
Free Money Wisdom: Best Gift Ideas for Men Under $100 Not a half bad list if I may say so myself. I do find that I like a little from each of the categories, I guess I’m a bit more complex (or confused)…
Well Heeled Blog: Getting Into Credit Card Points & Miles Very clever use of her reward credit cards, and some great new ones to consider! I’m be back to check what Well Heeled is considering!!!
Lazy Man And Money: Reviewing My Necessary Expenses (October 2011) Gotta love spending breakdowns like this!
Free From Broke: Find the Money to Pay Down Debt Smart way to accomplish paying down debt.
Narrow Bridge Finance: Fixing Your Own Economy Great advice from all angles on your financial well-being!
Tight Fisted Miser: Online Income Report – September 2011 Very impressive online income stream, much better than mine!
Check out the new social health site “Health Buzzing” for some great health articles! Now that I’m trying to improve my shape and health, I’m sure to be a regular there!
Well enough links for this week. Next week I’ll scale back a bit.