Favorite Posts, Mentions, and Top Comments Week of 5May2013

Pretty slow week outside of work for us!  We attended a talk by the former director of the NIH on translational research, which really got me jazzed again about doing science policy or something similar.  We also prepared and served lunch at the homeless ministry we volunteer with from time to time.  We’ve been working on the blog more this week and also trying to get a lot accomplished at work.  We need to find some time to play some tennis!


Small update on my car: I have a confession.  From last spring when we stopped driving my car to a couple months after we moved to our townhouse last August, I was really good about starting my car about once per week and driving it around the parking lot/complex.  However, when the weather turned colder I got neglectful and stopped turning it on.  And then after a few months I got afraid to turn it on because I didn’t want to find out that we had killed it!  About a month ago I tried to turn it on again and failed and then we got really apprehensive.  We both started keeping in the back of our minds that we might have totaled the car and would need to buy another one when Kyle moves on to his postdoc.  But today we got the nerve up to try to jump start the car and it did start!  It did not stay on, however, after we disconnected the cables.  So we think the problem is just a super dead battery.  That makes us hopeful that we have not killed my car and that we’ll be able to get it back into working condition when we need it again next fall-ish.



Posts I Liked


Robert from The College Investor lists his favorite podcasts on investing – I don’t really want to learn more about investing but I love podcasts so I might check some of these out!


Kim from Eyes on the Dollar briefly explains the various student loan forgiveness options and cautions her readers not to make the same mistakes she did.


John from Frugal Rules shares five things he wishes he knew before he graduated from college.


Kraig from Young Cheap Living provides a list of five things you can do this week to start on the road to wealth.


Jacob from iHeartBudgets retells how he and his wife went on a fancy pants vacation for free using credit card rewards.


Daniel from Sweating the Big Stuff argues how beneficial it is to start saving in your 20s.


Money Smart Guides warns us about two common credit traps.


Robert from The College Investor (who is apparently killing it this week!) explains why accountability is the most important trait for PF success.





Freedom Thirty Five listed Debate over Outsourcing Cleaning in his blog roundup.





So Excited about Referrals! was featured in the Yakezie Carnival.


Money Management Systems Visualized was featured in the Festival of Frugality #387.


Should You Count Your Employer’s Contribution into Your Retirement Savings Percentage? was featured in the Wealth Management Carnival #12.


How to Price a Room for Rent was featured in the Finance Carnival for Young Adults.



Top Comment


Kim from Eyes on the Dollar summed up how she thinks joint accounts could work for money management in long-distance marriage: “I think you could keep the joint accounts if you did have the mindset that $X can be spent without having to talk about it first. I think it would be hard for me if I was in the lower cost of living place and wasn’t familiar with the higher cost of living place… Good communication would need to be a must.”



Most Frequent Commenters


  1. SarahN @ Live to List
  2. Edward Antrobus
  3. Emily too



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  1. Making Sense of Cents
  2. Punch Debt in the Face
  3. Happy Simple Living
  4. Marotta on Money
  5. One Cent at a Time


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17 Responses to "Favorite Posts, Mentions, and Top Comments Week of 5May2013"

  1. Whooo! Double mention this week! Thanks for the love and glad you liked the posts!
    The College Investor recently posted..Investing Student Loans – Is It Legal and Should You Do It?

    1. Emily says:

      Sure thing – great job!

  2. great to be one of the top referrers
    SB @ One Cent at a Time recently posted..21 Income Ideas for Senior and Retired Persons

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you for the traffic!

  3. Good luck with the car. Fingers crossed it’s just the battery. Thanks for including me and for liking my comment!
    Kim@Eyesonthedollar recently posted..Solving the World’s Problems From Kindergarten

    1. Emily says:

      There definitely could be a secondary problem but we hope not!

  4. Liquid says:

    That’s good it’s only a battery issue. Not too expensive to replace it I think. Could have been worse. Thanks for the link back 😀
    Liquid recently posted..Weekend Business and Blog Roundup – May 11

    1. Emily says:

      I think we can even just get the battery charged for not much! As long as we can pry it out of the car. :/

  5. CashRebel says:

    Can you actually total a car by not driving it? I thought you’d just drain the battery, and then have to replace it… that’s good to know as I try to drive my car less and less…
    CashRebel recently posted..A Unique Haircut and Wrap Up #9

    1. Emily says:

      We are probably overly paranoid, but you can clog stuff/rust stuff and definitely ruin the tires (which we are planning to replace anyway). I think if you drive once every week or two you should be OK. The internet doesn’t have a definitive answer as far as I can tell, but that’s what I decided on.

  6. SarahN says:

    Thanks for the mention – I get into spurts commenting. I can’t work out how to get your posts emailed to me when they publish, so instead I come back and read (and comment) in one go on anything new that sparks my interest! If you can enlighten me on how I can ‘follow’ your blog (rather than specific posts) that’d be great!
    SarahN recently posted..How do I ‘work’ my payrise?

    1. Emily says:

      You can subscribe by RSS now and I’ll ask Kyle about adding email subscription.

  7. Thanks for mentioning me 🙂

    As for the car, it’s probably the alternator because that’s what keeps the car running after being started, the battery is just there to start the car and run the electronics. But should probably replace the battery as well after it sitting for so long. Good luck 🙂
    Jacob @ iHeartBudgets recently posted..Our Vacation For Free On Credit Card Points

    1. Emily says:

      We replaced the alternator right before benching the car, so I hope that’s not it! Anyway I think the alternator would only come into play if we were actually driving the car. 🙂

  8. Yeah, hope it’s just a battery issue with your car. If so, it won’t be that expensive. Thanks for the links.
    KC @ genxfinance recently posted..How to Make Money Online Selling Your T-Shirt Designs

    1. Emily says:

      We should get it running soon though to figure out if the battery is the ONLY issue!

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