The Dime Roll: Finding Room for the Spontaneous and More

May 3, 2013

Photo by Loozrboy via flickr

This week we scoured the web and found a treasure trove of great blog posts covering everything from entertaining your kids on the cheap this summer to how to make room for spontaneity in your budget. Check it out.

Money Saving Tips:
Cheap Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy this Summer by Joanna Crain on MoneyCrashers
With summer vacation only weeks away, now is the perfect time to decide on a plan to keep the declarations of “I’m bored” at bay. This post offers some great tips that bring a little bit of financial literacy into the mix.

Taking Frugal Road Trips (Even When Gas Prices Are High) by Mikey Rox on Wisebread
Yes, gas prices aren’t exactly low, but taking a road trip can still save a bundle over other types of vacations – if you plan ahead and make certain concessions. This list breaks down all the ways you can save a buck or two while still having a great time.

4 DIY Wedding Ideas by Angela Colley on MoneyTalksNews
Wedding season is just around the corner, and according to reports, the average cost of tying the knot is a whopping $25,000. Cut these costs by trying out a few of these DIY wedding ideas.

Money Management:
Finding Room for the Spontaneous by Tim Sullivan on GetRichSlowly
One of the problems many people face when it comes to creating and sticking to a budget, is the feeling that there’s no wiggle room – no room for fun. This post introduces something I think is brilliant: adding a space for spontaneity in your budget.

How to Safely Invest Your Money by Miranda Marquit on CashMoneyLife
Investing can be incredibly intimidating if you don’t know the ins and outs of every investing vehicle or if you’re not entirely comfortable taking on a lot of risk. Here you’ll find a breakdown of what some would call “safe investments.”

Mortgage Interest Tax Deductions You Can’t Afford to Miss by Mitchell Fox on ReadyforZero
There’s no denying the fact that homeownership can be costly. But if you’re fully educated on the tax advantages of homeownership, you can get the biggest bang for your buck in a variety of different ways.

Food for Thought:
Three Psychological Barriers: Taking the First Step by Luke lands on Consumerism Commentary
If you’re interested in making a change (especially a financial one), but can’t seem to actually get the ball rolling, it can be extremely helpful to understand what thought patterns and other obstacles might be hindering your forward progress.

Should Your Estate Help Your Children? by Trent on The Simple Dollar
Do you believe that your children are entitled to your estate when you pass away? Or do you plan on having it go elsewhere? This post brings up some interesting points about the financial obligation parents have to their adult children.

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