Personal Finance Week in Review for September 23

by Sean Bryant on September 23, 2012

The mountains of Colorado saw their first snow this week. While the snow was only minimal and has melted by now, it means we are inching closer to snowboarding/ski season. Later this morning I am going to be taking my bike up to get in one of my last mountain rides of the season.

Today marks 5 weeks until my daughter is due to be born. On Tuesday we took the hospital tour during our birthing class. I can’t even tell you how excited I am, however the nerves are really starting to creep into play.

Enough about me and let’s get on with my favorite personal finance posts from this past week. If you want to see your posts on this weekly list all you need to do is return the favor to me.

Book Review: The Four Hour Work Week – This is Common Cents

Conquering Big Goals Through Small Goals – Young Adult Money

Why Saving Money Feels as Good as Spending Does – Club Thrifty

Life and Financial Lessons Learned from a Five Year Old – Eyes on the Dollar

Car Rules for Kids: Limit Driving Distractions – Work Save Live

7 Considerations for Buying a Cheap Car - Modest Money

Saving for Retirement is a Ponzi Scheme – Money Smart Guides

Are you a Grocery Store Snob? – Canadian Budget Binder

Survive This Economy Kate Middleton Style – Pelican on Money

Eating Well While Traveling – Outlier Model

How to Make Money as a Freelancer – Financial Highway

What the Government Teaches about Living Without a Budget – Frugal Rules

101 Frugal Tips to Help you Save Money – Tackling Our Debt

Learning about My Relationship With Money at Age 7 – iHeartBudgets

Saving Money on Home Renovations – Finance Fox

Carnival Round-Up

Weekend Rablings from Young and Thrifty

Carnival of Retirement

Yakezie Carnival

Carnival of Money Pros

Carnival of Money Pros

 Image Credit - Taken on Tuesday morning

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Sean Bryant

Sean Bryant created in 2011 to help pass along his knowledge of finance and economics to others. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in economics he worked as a construction superintendent before jumping into the world of finance. Sean has worked on the trade desk for a commodities brokerage firm, he was a project manager for an investment research company and was a CDO analyst at a big bank. That being said he brings a good understanding of the finance field to the One Smart Dollar community. When not working Sean and he wife are avid world travelers. He enjoys spending time with his daughter Colette and dog Charlie.
  • CanadianBudgetBinder

    I hope one day I get to be in the same spot as you excited about the birth of a baby. I can only imagine the feelings inside as a parent. Keep us posted.. and ya snow.. hm.. I’m over it.. I was excited when I moved to Canada and it is nice but the shovelling I can do without.. Cheers mate for the link.. enjoy your Sunday! Mr.CBB

    • Sean @ One Smart Dollar

      Yeah I can do without the shoveling also, but I love everything else about it :-)

  • Veronica Hill

    Sean, I’m jealous – you live in the nature’s playground. Are you looking forward to doing skiing/snowboarding though? Thanks for including my post in your roundup, I really appreciate it!

    • Sean @ One Smart Dollar

      I am extremely excited for the season to get started. Snowboarding is one of the best ways for me to relax.

  • Kim

    Thanks for the mention. We saw a small amount of snow a few weeks ago in the San Juans. I am not ready. Congrats on the upcoming bundle of joy. Very exciting!

    • Sean @ One Smart Dollar

      I didn’t know you were a fellow Coloradan. I usually snowboard in Summit County and you guys had a much better winter last year then we did up north.

  • James @ This Is Common Cents

    Thanks for including my post!

    • Sean @ One Smart Dollar

      You’re welcome

  • John S @ Frugal Rules

    Thanks for the mention Sean. Congrats on the upcoming baby, kids are a blast!

    • Sean @ One Smart Dollar

      Thanks John

  • DC @ Young Adult Money

    Thanks a ton for the mention, I appreciate it!

    • Sean @ One Smart Dollar


  • Lance@MoneyLife&More

    Good luck with everything! I hope you have some pre scheduled posts because I hear you have no free time once you have a kid!

    • Sean @ One Smart Dollar

      I do have some ready. Want to guest post for me? :-)

      • Lance@MoneyLife&More

        Sounds like a great opportunity! Any guidelines I have to follow?

  • TacklingOurDebt

    Congrats Sean! That is very exciting to be counting down the days until your baby arrives. So sweet! I know what you mean about ski season coming soon. I live along the Rockies and even though it is still quite warm today, there is snow in the forecast for Friday. Thanks so much for the include too!

    • Sean @ One Smart Dollar

      Yeah it was 85 here in Denver yesterday but later this week the mountains could see some more snow.

  • Jason @ WorkSaveLive

    5 weeks is going to come fast! Good luck to you sir…it must be an exciting/nerve-racking time. :)

    • Sean @ One Smart Dollar

      Yeah, I am super excited but getting nervous all at the same time.

  • Sean @ One Smart Dollar

    You’re welcome and Thanks

  • Jacob @ iHeartBudgets

    Woohoo! Having a kid is pretty much awesomeness. Congrats, sir!
    Thanks for the mention, and hope your birth experience goes great :)

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