Weekly Update 18

Right now we are in the mountains of North Carolina on a retreat with our graduate Christian group!  We’ve been hiking and swimming and hanging out and having a lovely time.  We also had a really good small group meeting this week and I had one really successful morning at work!


This week I attended my first meeting of the financial literacy committee at my university.  They recently launched a website and have been putting on workshops related to personal finance for the last few years.  I’m excited to see how I can get involved!



Posts I Liked


John from Married (with Debt) describes private mortgage insurance as a shadow debt.


The Happy Homeowner wrote at The College Investor some insights into developing an emergency fund.


Melissa from Bible Money Matters argues for continuing to work part-time during retirement.


Jordann from My Alternate Life listed the values she holds that she’s not able to monetarily support at this moment.  I disagreed with her in the comments, but it was a thought-provoking discussion for me so I encourage you to read the post and comments.





Why Do Stay-at-Home Parents Need Their Own Gift Cards? was featured in the Totally Money Carnival.


We Have Too Many Gift Cards! was featured in the Carnival of Financial Simplicity.



Top Comment


Heather passed on a great idea for a dream fund from her grandparents-in-law!  “On each of their children’s 50th birthdays (they have 5 kids!) they sponsor a week-long trip for the entire family (all 5 kids + spouses, their kids + spouses and their kids’ kids) to anywhere in the world… So far they’ve gone to Belize, Nova Scotia, the Pacific NW, and Ireland.”



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6 Responses to "Weekly Update 18"

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed my post this week! Enjoy the time in the mountains!
    Robert @ The College Investor recently posted..Have You Talked To Your Parents About Insurance?

  2. Thanks for the mention. Sounds like you are having fun and making things happen at the same time – enjoy the mountains!
    John @ Married (with Debt) recently posted..PMI: The Shadow Debt

  3. Hey thanks for the mention! Personally I love disagreement, it sparks the best conversation.
    Jordann @ My Alternate Life recently posted..June 1st Networth Update!

  4. Enjoyed all of the posts you shared! 🙂 Hope you are having a fantastic time in NC. I went there for work last year and it was definitely a nice getaway with nice scenery.
    From Shopping to Saving recently posted..You Know You’re Obsessed With Personal Finance Blogging When…

  5. […] why I’ve devoted so many posts on here to grad student-specific money issues and I’m serving on my university’s personal finance committee.  I talk about money whenever it seems to be both tactful and of interest to my conversational […]

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