Every Sunday, Crystal and I like to highlight some of the great personal finance blog posts we’ve read around the web over the last week. Here are some of our favorites. Be sure to check out these great articles, and explore their author’s sites for more great financial talk!
- This week, I read a fantastic article from Cash Cow Couple about the most important financial decision of your life: your spouse! Vanessa talks about the importance of finding a partner whose view of money is compatible of yours and how to make financial decisions as a couple.
- FinCon 2013, a conference of financial bloggers, authors, and other experts, was held earlier this month. PTMoney has a fun collection of Vines asking money pros to share their best tips in six seconds or less.
- Utility bills can be one of the biggest expenses for many families. I read a great article this week at Frugal Confessions: 10 ways to save money on your water bill.
- Speaking of making financial decisions as a couple, I really loved this article from Enemy of Debt, in which Travis Pizel warns against keeping important financial information secret from your spouse.
- I’m looking for work right now, so this article from Faith and Finance about the tax deductibility of certain job hunting expenses couldn’t come at a better time. If you’re also hitting the job market, give it a read and see if any of your expenses can be written off this tax season.
- In Sweden, a college education is free, yet, according to this article, around 85% of Swedish students graduate with debt because of the cost of student housing. An architect in Sweden is trying to change that with these eco-friendly tiny homes. I never lived in university housing, but if I could have had a place like this, I definitely would have.
- We have all seen these “Date a Poet”, “Date a Reader”, etc. blog posts, but I got a kick out of Blonde on a Budget’s “Date a Female Personal Finance Blogger” post this week.
- Claire at Ready for Zero talks about some of the ways lenders are making it more difficult for borrowers to pay off their student loans. We experienced some of the problems mentioned in this article this past month ourselves, because we paid off over $7,000 on my student loans this year. My loan company decided not to bill me again till February of next year because I’d paid more than the required amount of interest.
- We hope to one day be at a point where we can go to FinCon ourselves. ReadingKathleen’s day-to-day recap over at Frugal Portland just solidified that for me. She even broke down her costs for the trip… be still my financial blogger’s heart.
- Joshua Becker examines where minimalism and frugality meet in his article onescaping excessive consumerism. I’m not a minimalist, but I try to apply minimalist philosophies in several aspects of my life and how I spend my money is one of them.
Over the next week, I’m going to follow up my latest couponing post with an article about the most cost-effective ways to print coupons. I’ll also tell you about one of the big dreams Crystal and I hold for our future, plus I’ll share with you some Christmas gift ideas for your friends and family who might be struggling with money. Be sure to subscribe to our posts using our RSS feed or the email subscription box in the sidebar so you don’t miss a thing!