I’m sitting here in my all time favorite jeans. They are a pair of DKNY jeans from about 14 years ago. I got them at an outlet for $20 and it was one of those times where I regret not buying every pair in the store in my size. I may be totally unhip by saying this, but I really miss jeans that are 100% denim. My jeans have faded beyond belief and have a patch on the knee, but they have lasted WAY longer than the denim/polyester blends they have out now. I have jeans less than 2 years old that already have rips in them. They just aren’t as durable and it makes me a little sad. Plus, I like the feel of 100% denim better on my body. I know many people say the opposite is true but I find them much more comfortable than those stretchy jeans.
While I’m on the topic of jeans, I am happy to see that I can actually find jeans that aren’t super low riders anymore. You know the ones..they have a zipper about an inch long. The brand that comes closest to what I like these days is the Gap Curvy Flair. I’m still on a search for the perfect pair. If any girl out there that has a waist one size smaller than hips that can give me some tips, I’m all for it. Oh and they must carry tall sizes. A lot of people like Banana Republic for work stuff and although I like the look of their clothes, they seem to be cut for a boyish figure and their stuff just never looks right on me. Can you see why I hate shopping? Enough girl talk.
Okay, well, as usual this is long overdue and only a partial list, but here are some of my favorite reads from around the web.
Molly on Money is giving away her homemade liquid soap. Molly has a weekly beauty recipe that she posts. I think she should sell some of these products on her blog because I’m too lazy to make them myself.
Budgeting in the Fun stuff talks about Our Extra Money. Congrats to Crystal for having extra to begin with. It’s a great position to be in for someone her age.
Wealth Artisan talks about a few bad PR moves in 5 Money Making Gimmicks and Marketing Snafus. Good thing when I say something dumb, there aren’t that many people who listen or care. It’s a whole other thing if you’re Kenneth Cole.
101 Centavos has some really good advice on Being Polite specifically in a work setting. Speaking of jobs, Financial Samurai shares Examples Of Good Resumes That Get Jobs, which then sparked another post with his sarcastic take that Grades Don’t Matter. My opinion is that after 5 years in the industry, grades don’t matter, experience and performance does.
I’m surprised this wasn’t Retire by 40’s first article. How To Retire By 40. I think having a hard working spouse also ranks #1 on my list and I’m glad he put it on the top of his list of success factors.
This particular post by Money Mamba particularly resonated with me because I often got through phases of trying to do things on my own. Why Living without Money Experiments are Stupid talks about learning curves and how being efficient at one thing is much more productive than being mediocre at a bunch of stuff. Needless to say, I still like learning different skills because if nothing else, I get a new found appreciation for the time and skill involved in a craft. Suddenly that $16/# raw milk cheese doesn’t seem like such a ripoff after all.
I’ve been really enjoying Money Reasons articles on Dividend Investing to help with things like paying for lunch , but 7 million in 7 years may have just changed my mind with this article entitled Another case AGAINST dividends. Canadian Couch Potato is also of the same mindset with Debunking Dividend Myths: Part 1
Squirreler talks about Time is like Money. I wonder how many people mentally calculate how many hours they have to work to buy stuff, specifically big ticket items.
Barb Friedberg teaches how to accomplish more by doing less. I frequently make a shorter to do list on days I have a tough time getting going. It really does work.
Last but not least Len Penzo, inspired by the Anarchist Cookbook has his own list of dangerous personal finance recipes for disaster.