Weekly Roundup – Momentums Finest On Saturdays VOL 34 [Oct 6]
Happy Saturday Momentum Makers!
And a special Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to my fellow Canucks. Hopefully you’ll be enjoying some tasty food and drink alongside your family, loved ones and friends.
Volume 34 is hot off the press and we’ve got 11 blog posts and 5 podcast episodes to share, so let’s get rolling.
MY POSTS THIS WEEK
- 5 Money And Life Focuses For Improvement I’m Putting Higher In Priority: As the end of 2018 approaches and priorities shift for the road ahead, I’ve identified 5 key money and life focuses for improvement in order to keep taking control and moving forward.
- Momentum Series Interview – The Humble Penny: This week’s Momentum Series Interview is with Ken from the personal finance blog The Humble Penny. We discussed his financial journey, top money resources, millennials, migrants, minorities, blogging and more.
- Where To Buy Discounted Gift Cards Online To Save You Money: Whether you’re Holiday shopping, getting a quick birthday present or buying a gift card for yourself, these are the best websites to buy discounted gift cards online and save money. Don’t ever pay full price again.
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PERSONAL FINANCE BLOG POSTS
Should You Save Or Pay Your Student Loans? From Student Loan Planner on Michael Dinich
It’s one of the most common questions for so many people as they look to navigate their financial journey. Should I save and invest or pay off my student loans? Travis from Student Loan Planner guest posted about this on Michael Dinch’s website. Travis discusses the thought process on forgiveness, maxing out retirement accounts, taxes, net worth and more.
How My Spending Changed When I Got Married from The Luxe Strategist
Two reasons this post caught my attention: it’s from The Luxe Strategist (great blogger) and I’ll be getting married within the next two years. The post hits on single vs. joint spending, quality of life, where the increases in expenses came from and strategies to make it work. This will soon become my reality and got my mind running on the road ahead.
Millionaire Interviews from ESI Money
ESI Money is approaching the century mark with his millionaire interviews. A series that profiles the financial journey of those who’ve passed the seven figure mark. I’ve learned so much from these on topics like career growth, saving money, investing, managing money and mindset. Here are the 3 latest: Millionaire Interviews 94, 93 and 92.
8 Extremely Frugal Living Ideas You Probably Haven’t Considered from Melissa Blevins on Rockstar Finance
There are lots of frugal living tips and tricks out there to help you cut costs in all areas of your life. However, these suggestions from Melissa Blevins on Rockstar Finance aren’t your average run of the mill topics you’ve seen discussed. Do you do any of these? Have any of these ideas ever crossed your mind?
How to Overcome Your Love-Hate Relationship with Money from Moneylogue
Do you have a love-hate relationship with your money? Love to make it, hate to waste it. Love to spend it, hate to save it. It goes both ways and this post from Moneylogue breaks down the psychology and potential impacts on your finances. Plus includes tips to help foster that relationship into a positive one.
Successful Personal Finance Traits from The Financial Journeyman
Dave from The Financial Journeyman outlines a collection of traits that can support your financial journey. These successful traits include characteristics that one would deem feasible to achieve for most. From happiness and intentional to balance and organized, give the post a read to reflect on your own journey and traits.
LIFESTYLE, WELLNESS & PRODUCTIVITY BLOG POSTS
16 Crucial Tips You Need to Crush That Job Interview from The Rich Miser
Lily from The Rich Miser pulled together a great post on crushing your job interview. As you know, job interviews can be an intimidating and sometimes stressful occasion. You’re being judged and watched like a hawk as you look to “sell” the value you can add to an organization. The 16 tips are surefire ways to be best prepared and make an impact during that interview process.
This Is How To Get A Raise And Win Over Your Boss from Gathering Dreams
Building up the courage to ask for that raise isn’t the easiest thing to do. However, it’s one of the most opportune times to fast-track reaching your financial goals. This post from Gathering Dreams covers the do’s, don’ts, best time to ask, how to ask and so much more. Great post!
PERSONAL FINANCE PODCAST EPISODES
Finding Contentment in the Age of Instagram from Marriage, Kids And Money
The New York Times best selling author, Rachel Cruze, pulled up the guest chair to chat with Andy from Marriage, Kids And Money. The topic? Contentment. In the age of sharing all facets of life online, social media clout and marketing messages hitting us at every touchpoint, it can be hard to not build envy or jealousy at times.
ETFs, Index Funds & Passive Investing in Canada from Mo’ Money Podcast
This week Jessica had the managing director of Vanguard Investments Canada, Atul Tiwari, onto the Mo’ Money Podcast. The two covered Vanguard’s place in the Canadian financial landscape, ETFs, low fees, differences between Canada and the US and a handful of other topics. As a Canadian, it’s always great to get insights from a perspective north of the border as our markets do differ.
How to Burn Your Mortgage by Finding the Best Rates and More from MapleMoney Show
Sean Cooper, a mortgage broker, paid off his mortgage by age 30 and has penned a best selling book, Burn Your Mortgage. This episode of MapleMoney Show with Sean and Tom Drake covers the fundamentals of what you need to know when finding a mortgage, amortization timelines, paying off best practices and more.
Why I Hate The FIRE Movement from Afford Anything
If you’re part of the personal finance blog-o-sphere and follow members of the community on social media, you’d have seen this podcast being discussed. This week Paula from Afford Anything welcomed financial celebrity Suze Orman onto her show. From Paula’s show notes: What does Suze Orman think about the FIRE movement? I opened with that question. And Suze’s response shocked me. “I hate it,” she replied. “I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. And let me tell you why.” Is this marketing genius from Suze or does she really hate FIRE? Is she just disconnected and not digging deep enough to understand it better? You be the judge.
The 15 Income Streams I’m Working On Right Now from The Side Hustle Show
Nick Loper breaks down the 15 different income streams currently funding his business and life in this week’s episode of The Side Hustle Show. The “Side Hustle Snowball” is about continually growing and adding new income streams. I found this inspiring and motivating to keep looking for monetization opportunities in my own life.
The Holidays are coming up quickly. Why not start to plan your finances now for what can be a costly time of year?
Whether you’re looking to earn some extra cash or save more money over the next 2+ months before Christmas. Here are some posts to help you out.
- 14 Easy Ways To Start Saving For Holiday Shopping Now
- Best Paid Survey Sites For Americans And Canadians
- 35 Rewarding Side Hustles (Almost) Anyone Can Do To Earn More Money
- How To Make $1,000 Quick: 9+ Fast Ways To Earn Money When You Need It
It’s always better to prepare now and make a plan to avoid rushing when the Holidays get closer. My goal is to always earn enough side hustle income through extra efforts to remain break-even on my Holiday shopping. This way my other financial goals of saving and investing aren’t altered and remain on course.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!