If you are reading this on the first day it was published, I will either be on the way to Heathrow airport, in the air somewhere over the Atlantic or touched down in Austin, Texas, for the #SaveUp14 conference as a guest of Savoo. For me it’s a trip that I hope will kick off the next stage of my plans and give me the inspiration and motivation to see those plans through.
Anyway I’m sure you know what these posts are all about but just in case you don’t; every Wednesday I list five blogs posts I’ve read from the week before which I think you will find of interest. They could be about saving money, making money, a recipe or something completely different – but all with money in mind.
Because of where I am heading today, this week (apart from an awesome cheesecake recipe) the posts are all from our American friends.
Lets get into it.
How To Learn Anything For Free from Frugal Rules
Frugal Rules is a American personal finance blog written by financial services industry veteran John and his team of writers. In John’s own words, he’s learned the hard way how to invest, save and manage his money. The site is an excellent read and with topics such as how to invest, attack debt and frugal living; you’ll certainly gain valuable knowledge in spending some time going through the high quality articles published on the site.
How to learn anything for free is a great post written by Catherine Alford and lists some easy and free ways to further your knowledge and learn just about anything. The main reason I included this post was for the awesome tip number 4. You’ll have to pop over there to find out what it is but hopefully you can use it and learn something new.
You can follow Frugal Rules on Twitter here.
5 Financial Mistakes That New Parents Make from Reach Financial Independence
Reach Financial Independence is written by Pauline. A French blogger who has travelled the world and has lived in the UK, Morocco, Spain and currently Guatemala (how cool is that!). The blog itself covers a wealth of topics including money, travel, simple living, freedom and choices. Although I only found this blog a couple of days ago, I’m already hooked. Pauline writes with real engagement and I am thoroughly enjoying going through old posts one by one. Go check it out.
5 Financial Mistakes That New Parents Make is a must read post if you have children or are planning to have children. Let’s face it, we all want our children to have the best in life and will do whatever it takes to achieve that. This doesn’t mean you have to leave yourself bankrupt though. The post covers 5 different mistakes that parents make and looks at the alternative which is a whole lot better. Fab post which offers 5 great takeaways.
You can follow Pauline on Twitter here.
White Chocolate Cheesecake from Mari’s World
Mari’s World is a top UK lifestyle blog written by mum of four Marianne. The blog is full of wonderful posts covering food, travel, family and lifestyle. As well as being an ambassador for some top brands in the UK, Mari also edits the wonderful Britmums blog. On top of featuring some awesome and delicious looking recipes, Mari also has some really great posts on days out in the UK. I especially want to visit the Gruffalo Trail at Thorndon Park Essex which Mari writes about and includes some great photos.
When I first came across this white chocolate cheesecake recipe on Mari’s World I knew I had to feature it today. I’ll let you into a little secret and tell you that cheesecake is my favourite of all time. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, if I knew it wouldn’t affect my weight. You need to go and print the recipe now and make it as soon as possible. Your life will be fuller with this in your tummy (just remember to save me a piece!).
You can follow Mari’s World on Twitter here.
How This New Money Study Can Help You Curb Your Spending from Money Ning
Money Ning is a huge and very popular American personal finance blog written by David Ning and his team of writers. The blog itself is packed fully of top quality content with categories such as investing 101, frugal living and money management. You really need to visit this blog to see the vast amount of valuable information it has to offer. With over 500,000 unique visitors a month, the proof is in the pudding that this is one blog you’ll want to add to your favourites.
How This New Money Study Can Help You Curb Your Spending blog post analyses a study from www.academia.edu about the bottom dollar effect and how spending the last of your cash on whatever it is, will leave you feeling that it wasn’t worth the price. It’s an insightful article which makes a lot of sense. Go check it out at let me know if you agree.
You can follow Money Ning on Twitter here.
My One Minute Money Saving Tip: Bill Haggle Day from Brokepedia
Brokepedia is a site written by Kristin following her own frugal living. Using her own life an examples, she share tips and stories on how to save money on everything. She covers money savings topics such as bills, budgeting, food, shopping, travel and entertainment. Her post on how restaurants sneakily get you to spend more money is a real eye opener and is definitely worth a read too.
My One Minute Money Saving Tip is a post quite close to my heart as I love a good haggle. Just last week, Skint Mum and I got on the phone and saved some money off a few of our utility bills – if you don’t ask you certainly don’t get. This post gives you some tips on how to haggle more effectively and I really agree with what Kristan says. Oh, and I love the cat in the video!
You can follow Brokepedia on Twitter here.
So that’s it for this week and, as ever, some great reads from across the pond. Have I missed any really good posts this week? Let me know what I should be reading in the comments below.
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Ricky Willis is the original Skint Dad. A money-making enthusiast, father, and husband to Naomi. He is always looking for unique ways to earn a little extra.