Weekly Update 46

Kyle and I were both (extra) hard at work this week – actually succeeding in our effort to get to work on the early side!  We were also able to score tickets to a basketball game this week, which was very fun.  Durham was all in a tizzy because of 3-6″ in snow were predicted for Thursday night, and many schools an businesses announced closings and delays on Thursday evening.  I told myself “I’ll believe it when I see it” and keeping myself from getting excited turned out to be the best move – the roads were simply wet on Friday morning, nothing more!



Posts I Liked


Kim from Eyes on the Dollar details all the ways you can save money with grocery store loyalty cards.


Matt Alden S. from Dividend Monk at Budgets Are Sexy asks himself if each purchase is worth 10x its listed price.


The commenters on Punch Debt in the Face listed all the easily-overlooked but annoying attributes of houses.


Daniel from Sweating the Big Stuff discusses how some people have trouble parting with money.


Jake from iHeartBudgets has implemented a new budget that changes with the seasons.


Phil Villarreal at Money Under 30 shares that medical billing offices routinely give 25% discounts for paying up front.


Paula from Afford Anything explains that passion follows work.


Cash Rebel displays the Costco data he’s assembled over the last 6 months – surf over for his determination of whether or not the membership fee is worth it.






Tie the Money Knot listed Financial Disclosure Before and After Engagement in his money and dating roundup.





Do You Buy, Lease, or Get Free Entertainment? was featured in the Carnival of MoneyPros.


December 2012 Month in Review: Money was featured in the Yakezie Carnival.


Holiday Conversations around Money was featured in the Carnival of Personal Finance.


Frugal Friends Go Skiing was featured in the Festival of Frugality #371.



Top Comment


JT from Cash Flow Mantra shared a completely surreal experience regarding grad students and payroll taxes: “I got a letter about 2 years ago stating that FICA was erroneously withheld based upon my course of studies in the mid/late 90′s. Got a refund check from the IRS about a month ago for $600.” Looks like the IRS is trying to get it right!



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13 Responses to "Weekly Update 46"

  1. Ross says:

    Thanks for the mention! Being from Chicago, I love it when southern states freak out about an inch of snow. It makes me chuckle.

    1. Emily says:

      It’s pretty silly! My university was all over it, sanding and salting the sidewalks as soon as it started snowing, so they did a great job. People worry about the city roads and such, though, since there are so few snowplows.

  2. When I loved in KY and TN, things got cancelled all the time on the threat of snow that never panned out. While I don’t like driving in snow, I kind of like that Colorado keeps on trucking no matter what. Thanks for the mention.
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    1. Emily says:

      Threat-of-weather cancellations are so silly! I’m glad my university waited until 5 AM to make the call about school/work that day because it was clear that nothing much had happened and ice wasn’t going to be a problem.

  3. I know what you mean with the warnings. I live in east Raleigh and everyone was freaking out. We got some cold rain by the time it was all said and done. There was no need for even a delay.
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    1. Emily says:

      We were outside when it was raining/hailing/snowing pretty thickly (well, as thick as it got) and it was kind of unpleasant but there was no accumulation happening.

  4. My sister and BIL live in Raleigh and my 4 year old nephew was beside himself excited that there would be snow. He had plans to ice skate (my sister informed me they don’t even have skates), poor bugger. Guess he’ll have to visit his auntie in NY some time to get in a little ice skating.
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    1. Emily says:

      Oh, poor kid. We should let snow be a surprise for them so they don’t get their hopes up.

  5. I reckon it would be really cool to have snow days where everything gets closed down. Living in Australia there is no chance of that ever happening.
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    1. Emily says:

      Snow days were definitely fun when I was in grade school, but now that I have, you know, work to do, having a snow day is more annoying than not. I had 5 meetings/appointments scheduled for Friday that I did not want to miss/put off.

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  7. Sorry for the late response, but thanks for the mention. I’m hoping for some snow here in the NW, but I’m afraid it’s only a dream 🙁
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