Weekly Update 48

Looking back at my calendar, I can see we had a very quiet week!  I’ve been keeping my nose to the grindstone writing my preliminary exam document and finishing up collecting some data.  Kyle has been trying to turn his focus to applying for jobs, and this week he heard a seminar from a PI he’s really interested in.  The guy is at UCSF so I’ve let my imagination run away with me (as I am wont to do) and have been looking up housing options in San Francisco.  I’m being ridiculous because Kyle is in such an early stage of the application process that I should be getting my hopes up – but the lab would be a really good fit and we’d be one giant step closer to living in San Diego!



Posts I Liked


Kevin Mercadante from Out of Your Rut makes a case for why retirement won’t be what we imagine and what steps we can take to make a realistic plan.


Joe Plemon from Christian Personal Finance outlines legitimate ways that you can spend less than the projections on your baby.


Catherine from Plunged in Debt explains why she is glad she and her husband bought a starter home instead of a forever home first.


Average Joe from The Free Financial Advisor reveals five lines you should not buy from a financial advisor.


Pauline from Reach Financial Independence explains Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses a strategy for pricing a room to rent.


Ninja from Punch Debt in the Face convinces sixty people to spill their money secrets.


Kim from Eyes on the Dollar shares the awkwardness of transitioning to part-time work after running her own business.


Lance from Money Life and More outlines a risky financial plan and asks if it’s a good idea.


Joanna from Our Freaking Budget lays out the pros and cons of buying a second car.


TeacHer Finance discusses blaming yourself for financial mistakes.


Michelle from Making Sense of Cents will never be a frugal blogger.





Jacob from iHeart Budgets listed Personal Finance Bloggers I Admire in his weekly wrap-up.


KK from Student Debt Survivor added Upcoming Transition and A Potential Financial Overhaul to her standouts.


Eliza from Happy Simple Living included Frugal Practices I’ve Grown to Love in her list of money-saving ideas.


Kim from Eyes on the Dollar mentioned The Marriage Penalty and Itemizing Taxes in her 20/20 financial posts.





Personal Finance Bloggers I Admire was featured in the Yakezie Carnival.


Frugal Practices I’ve Grown to Love was featured in the Finance Carnival for Young Adults, the Festival of Frugality #373, and the Carnival of MoneyPros.


Upcoming Transition and a Potential Financial Overhaul was featured in the Wealth Builder Carnival #111.



Top Comment


Emily too cited an NPR story she had heard that was relevant to my post on why people with high incomes might not consider themselves rich: “One [person], who would’ve been affected by proposed tax hikes because his income was >$450K, said he didn’t think he was rich because a) he saw other people able to buy much more expensive things than he was and b) he still had to worry about things like saving for retirement and his kids’ college. The second [person], who might have been depending on the deal because her income was >$250K, said, “Yes, I’d say I’m rich. You can always find someone with more money to compare yourself to, but the worries I have are really luxuries, like whether I’m building up enough savings for retirement and my kids’ college.” I really liked the second caller’s perspective.”



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14 Responses to "Weekly Update 48"

  1. Catherine says:

    Thanks so much for including me! Living in San Diago would be pretty amazing…especially since I’m in the middle of a snow storm 🙁

    1. Emily says:

      Nothing beats it! Except for the earthquakes and all. 🙁

  2. Thanks for including me this week! Hopefully I’ll get some more perspectives from your readers 🙂
    Lance @ Money Life and More recently posted..$999.99 Giveaway, Round Up, Mentions and Carnivals #41

    1. Emily says:

      I hope so too! It’s so great to have these communities to give input on unconventional approaches.

  3. San Francisco or San Diego would be great places to live. If it made any sort of financial sense to live in SD, we would consider moving there, but our salaries would be about the same or likely less and the cost of living would be much higher. We’ll stick to visiting. Thanks for the mention.
    Kim@Eyesonthedollar recently posted..Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #24-Oh No, You Didn’t

    1. Emily says:

      Thankfully moving there does make sense for us career-wise (though I don’t know how different the salaries would be there vs. some other cities that are good for biotechnology). Plus it’s awesome and near family. So we’re trying hard to get there!

  4. Ian says:

    I’ve been out to S.F. a couple of different times and have really enjoyed it. I just started a class working with Stata and have a pretty big learning curve in front of me. What kind of software do you guys use?

    1. Emily says:

      Actually, neither of us has to do statistical analyses very often so we aren’t committed to a software package. I used Stata in one of my courses, though, and I understand it’s quite popular. Unfortunately our university no longer provides it for free so I haven’t used it since then.

  5. Pauline says:

    Thanks for mentioning my post on Mo Money Mo Houses! I’d love to live in the Bay Area, it is so beautiful and dynamic. Housing prices are crazy though!
    Pauline recently posted..Valentine gifts and $100 giveaway!

    1. Emily says:

      We won’t be buying if we do move to SF, but rather saving up for when we get to soCal!

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