Updated on 03.05.08

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Crunch Edition

Trent Hamm

As I enter the final home stretch for my job, I’m incredibly busy preparing stuff for my replacement and getting all sorts of things finished up and tidy. The first half of March is going to be long … very long. Luckily, I still had time to dig up a few posts of interest for all of you.

Going into Business? Keep your Personal Finances Safe I keep my business income in separate accounts from my personal money, making all business purchases out of those accounts as well. (@ get rich slowly)

Making Do With Help From Mom and Dad Parents can help significantly early on. Should they? (@ wisebread)

My Financial Epiphany – The Storm of My Life I really am inspired by tales of financial meltdown followed by insight and recovery. (@ gather little by little)

I’m an Idiot: 2007 Tax Edition A nice cautionary tale about why it’s important to use a careful eye when filing your taxes. (@ clever dude)

My Top Five New Parent Money-Wasters: A True Confession New parents are a marketer’s wet dream – emotionally vulnerable and looking for every way possible to make things “perfect” for the baby. (@ queercents)

Who’s To Blame For The Subprime Mortgage Mess I agree strongly with the conclusion here. (@ the digerati life)

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  1. J.D. says:

    Hang in there, Trent. I’m about two weeks ahead of you on the move to full-time. I just pulled out of the crunch. It was exhausting, but now I’m beginning to find time to get stuff done again.

  2. Glblguy says:

    It will all be worth it! Thanks for the link Trent.

  3. Barb says:

    I am sorry to see vulgarity showing up on this excellent and professional blog. It is immature and undermines our respect for your writing skill.

  4. Frugal Dad says:

    Barb – huh? I didn’t see any vulgarity in the post. If you are directing your comments to the reference of a pubsecent, nocturnal phenomenon used in non-sexual context I think you are being a little harsh.

    Trent, I’m looking forward to following you down the stretch here with your job. I imagine you’ll experience a mix of emotions as the day draws near.

  5. Laura says:

    I’m starting my side business, so JD’s article was very helpful. I wish you well Trent!

  6. Barberman says:

    Hello Trent and readers.

    Very enjoyable reading here. I really have a simple life now…
    Cutting hair in the best barber shop in town two days a week, attending tech school two nights a week, playing and recording with a new award- winning band in Augusta, GA plus having 5 days free for study and my upcoming web-dev business.

    Your site rocks.

    Shakey Shears

  7. guinness416 says:

    Our respect? My respect isn’t undermined, for the record.

    There have been some really good articles (sufficient even to draw in a non-parent like me) about spending on babies on some of the canadian money blogs recently.

  8. Graham Lutz says:

    I’m doing my best to stay out of the New Parent Money Wasters! I’ve got a boy on the way in 2 months!

  9. !wanda says:

    I really wouldn’t have thought about that reference until Barb pointed it out. Thanks, Barb.

  10. nancy o'neil says:

    I am a 62 year old disabled retired woman that would like to increase my income. I receive Social Security and a small pension. Unfortunatly I also draw from my investments $700 per month. I have had high medical expenses(more than $12K yearly}and seem to struggle and worry about finances.
    My question: I have an imagination for developing new products or fixes on existing ones and would like to see some get to market. HELP!!

  11. Cheska says:

    Hello! I am a senior undergraduate, and I am two semesters away from receiving my bachelor’s degree. I am planning to go straight through with my master’s, but I worry about all of the student loans I have already taken in the past years (on top of credit card debt). I’d like to know how I can start working on reducing this debt, especially with my current low-paying job. Are there programs, –anything–that can help me out before I start taking more loans again to pay for my master’s?

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