The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Hooked on a Feeling (and a Small Announcement) Edition

Maybe my sense of humor is out of whack, but this (@ youtube) brightens my mood substantially every time I watch and listen to it. It’s up to you to determine exactly why that is…

Also, this weekend I’m initiating a weekly series of reviews of personal productivity / personal development books, mostly because they’ve been avidly requested by readers and both topics relate to personal finance in that they increase your earning potential and also the amount of time you have to do other things. For those of you who weren’t big fans of this, don’t worry: these reviews will only be once a week. The first one is a current top bestseller, one that many of you have directly requested that I review in the last few days. What is it? Tune in on Sunday to find out!

Anyway, on to some personal finance posts.

Charles Schwab’s New 4.25% Free Checking Account I usually don’t post about the latest greatest banking deal, but this one is pretty strong. The only disadvantage is that there are no brick-and-mortar branches – it pretty much does everything else you could want, and earns 4.25% APY. (@ bank deals)

Another Sign That You Could Be In Financial Trouble: A Lack of Well-Defined Goals and a Plan to Reach Them Yet another in the strong 24 Signs series, this one hits the truth of the matter right on the head: if you don’t have a goal to reach, how can you possibly be traveling in a certain direction? (@ gen x finance)

Vanguard Changing Its Fees For The Better And suddenly my Vanguard fees went from $10 a quarter to nothing at all. The best news I got all day. (@ the finance journey)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Five Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A Car (And One After Buying) Some strong advice if a car purchase is in your future.

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  1. kilsik says:

    re: the youtube video.

    I think you’re just a fan of cheese, that’s why it cheers you up. ;)

  2. Jon says:

    Just thought I would tell you that the MSN article on “15 ways stores trick you into spending” hit the digg front page this morning.

  3. Mitch says:

    Oh, man, I feel like a kid again, it’s so 80’s camp.

    But I still like the Blue Swede version best as a recording of the song. Beats out BJ’s and even Neil Diamond’s in my book.

  4. Rob says:

    I’m guessing the first book is T4HWW? I would be interested to hear your take on it – some of it seems a little bit overdone to me..

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