My friends in the northwest tell me it’s been hot lately, and just today I read where Seattle broke a record temperature set back in 1941. Forgive me for not having much sympathy, as temperatures in the south hover in the high 90’s (and higher) from the end of May to early September. Of course, we are used to it-if there is such a thing as getting used to a 107-degree heat index with high humidity.
I do feel for those without air conditioning in a region where it typically isn’t needed very often. If you live in this part of the country, I’m interested to hear how you’re coping with the heat. Stay safe, and cool!
The Frugal Roundup
What If There Was No Tomorrow? Before we get into personal finance stuff, I wanted to share this story from my blogging colleague, Lazy Man and Money. Lazy almost died last Friday, quite literally, but pulled through. Glad you’re still with us, Lazy! (@Lazy Man and Money)
Paying off Debt: Lowest Balance or Highest Interest First? We have enjoyed the most success paying off the lowest balance debts first, and celebrating each zero balance as a new mini-milestone. The only exception was our car, which we moved up in the payoff schedule because it had the biggest monthly payment to free up. (@ Million Dollar Journey)
The Art of the Business Trip. Steve sounds as disillusioned as I am with business travel. It used to be kind of an adventure, an opportunity to see something new on the company dime. Now it is just a necessary evil that I try to avoid as much as possible. (@Brip Blap)
How to Budget for an Irregular Income. For those who do not earn a steady income, budgeting can prove to be a real nightmare. Some months are really good, and some are very lean, but those bills still roll in, regardless. (@Get Rich Slowly)
Saving for Opportunity. I love the idea of saving for opportunities. Unfortunately, I spent much of my younger life financing “opportunities” with a credit card. Now, with some debt paid off, a little more cash flow, I’m able to take advantages of opportunities with cash (like that yard sale sofa we scored a couple weeks ago!).
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