The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: June And July Personal Financial Review Edition

Given the transformative effect of the home purchase on my personal finances, I’m skipping the June and July personal financial review posts because they don’t accurately describe much of anything – they have no meaning. I will return with these in August, as then I will be able to compare my financial situation at the end of August to the one at the end of July and it will actually have some meaning.

Early Retirement Planning: Taking Early Withdrawals Without Penalty From Your 401(k) or IRA You can withdraw money from 401(k)s and IRAs without penalty earlier than the prescribed date – here’s how. (Hint: you have to retire early.) (@ my money blog)

5 Good Reasons To Avoid Debit Cards The crux here seems to mostly be that they limit consumer protection, their rewards aren’t all that good, and they encourage bad habits. Good points, but like anything else, it mostly comes down to good money management and sensible consumer choices. (@ consumerism commentary)

A Dollar Amount Cannot Be An End Goal While I do believe that a dollar amount can be an end goal, I have found it to be an awful motivator. More tangible goals work far, far better. (@ money, matter, and more musings)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Stay At Home Parenting: Is It Worth It? My wife and I are still vaguely toying with this idea.

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  1. k says:

    … did you mean the one at the end of May? How are you comparing to July if you’re not doing July? Good luck with your move.

  2. Trent says:

    I’ll tally things up at the end of July, then at the end of August, I’ll tally again, compare to the end of July, and post about it.

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