The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Caucus Edition

As many of you know, I live in Iowa, so tomorrow night my wife and I will be participating in the caucusing process. We’ve both already made up our minds who we’re supporting, both as a first choice and as an alternate, but I wanted to mention the caucus for one reason. If you live in Iowa or New Hampshire, please take the time in the following week to determine which candidate best matches your views and vote for that candidate, no matter how they’re polling or anything else. Iowa and New Hampshire set the tone for the rest of the primaries, and in such small states, your votes really count. Just do it.

12 Strategies for Saving Money While Paying Your Bills I find that simply using online bill pay saves me both time and money over and over again, but the rest of these tips are interesting, too. (@ the digerati life)

5 Ways to Dodge Peer Pressure to Spend This is a topic I touch upon regularly here – your peers often encourage you to spend in ways you shouldn’t. These are nice tips for avoiding that pressure. (@ wise bread)

Income Tax Is a Blessing! This is the kind of “glass half full” attitude that makes life good. (@ money smart life)

Money Management is Simple: Don’t Listen to the Noise I find that my financial life goes much more smoothly if I just focus in on the basics and don’t sweat the complex stuff. (@ online savings blog)

Charity Navigator: Your Guide to Intelligent Giving This is an extremely useful resource. My only complaint is that when you start digging into smaller charities, the coverage is somewhat spotty, but if you want to know more about a “big” charity from an impartial source, this is the way to go. (@ get rich slowly)

Our Best and Worst Wedding Registry Experiences (Hint: Avoid Sears) This made me think of our own experiences. We had much more success going with stores with lots of retail locations, because our family and friends were widely distributed between urban, suburban, and rural areas. Don’t burn the time – just get ones at a few big retailers and let it be. (@ lazy man and money)

Small Time Philanthropy: The Charitable Gift Fund This is a brilliant idea for people who want to donate but have a hard time figuring out what to donate to. (@ consumerism commentary)

Why Married People Are Richer Getting married was the best financial move I ever made – we financially support each other in countless ways. (@ dual income, no kids)

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