The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Timing Belt Edition

Recently, I had to replace the timing belt on our Honda Pilot. I tried to figure out how to do it myself, but the intricacy of it was just too far over my head, so I took it to a shop instead.

This is exactly why it’s good to have an emergency fund. This kind of financial bomb can be devastating without one.

First, a few links to my own work found on other sites.

An Old Camera Creates a Treasure Hunter I wrote this article for HP that tells the story of how my son utilized an old digital camera and discovered a lost item with the pictures he’d taken.

After clicking around on the site above, I noticed that they had a contest where you can win a bunch of prizes by submitting your own story about an item that had an unexpected return on your investment.

Let Uncle Sam Work for You: 4 Great Government Resources for Small Businesses This is another article I wrote over at Open Forum, discussing how to utilize things that are just sitting out there, waiting to be used. (@ open forum)

Now for some personal finance articles from around the web.

Creating a mail center in your home This is easily the biggest organization challenge we have in our home. It has a lot of personal finance implications, too, in the sense that unorganized mail can hide unpaid bills. (@ unclutterer)

The Essential Power of Surrounding Yourself With Like-Minded Peopleā€¦ There’s definitely something big to this. However, on the flip side of that coin, you have the problem of missing out on a variety of viewpoints. I think like-minded people can help you move forward in some ways, whereas a diverse crowd can help you in other ways. (@ man vs. debt)

How to Get Rich Quick This formula is pretty certain to work! You just have to have a job that pays $100,000 more a year than you actually spend. Good luck with that! (@ free money finance)

Should You Get Your Bonus When Quitting Your Job? When you’re working for someone, you have a contract. Both sides are obligated to only fulfill that contract. A bonus goes beyond that contract, usually with an employer showing thanks to a good employee. However, unless the contract says so, the company isn’t obligated to give anyone a dime in bonuses. If you bank your future on “two birds in the bush,” you’ll eventually pay the price. (@ darwin’s finance)

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