Personal Finance Review – Caribbean Vacation Edition

June 23, 2008

We enjoyed our vacation in the sun! We traveled to the Dominican Republic to be part of a beach wedding for one of my wife’s good friends. It hadn’t rained the whole trip but the evening of the wedding the clouds rolled in and the rain came down. Luckily the showers ended in time for the ceremony, so other than the wet seats the wedding went off wonderfully! We’re back to the real world now, sad to leave the beach but really glad to see our little guy again.

Although we were supposed to have a wireless Internet connection in our room it only worked 10% of the time so my apologies to those readers that contacted me over the last week and haven’t gotten a response yet I’m digging through emails now so look for a reply message soon.  Here are a few articles people shared while I’ve been away.

The Money Writers

– The Digerati Life reviews ways to control your wild wedding costs. Our “destination wedding” experience was inspiration for a whole new series about saving money on weddings that I’ll publish pretty soon.

– Million Dollar Journey recommends 10 ways to save money in college.

– Suns Financial Diary shows US stocks impact on International ETFs.

– My Dollar Plan suggests 11 fun & frugal summertime activities. Now that we spent summer entertainment budget on our trip, these might come in handy : )

– Generation X compares ETFs and Mutual Funds.

– Lazy Man & Money looks at the best credit cards for international travel.

– Brip Blap shows us saving doesn’t have to be hard, with 9 ways to save without breaking a sweat.

Money Blog Network

– Five Cent Nickel shares a way to improve gas mileage by 15%. You can also check out the best gas credit cards or save on gas by riding the bus.

– Free Money Finance talks about making a fortune being a tutor.

– Mighty Bargain Hunter lists ten ways being fat costs money.  A great article to read after you spent a whole week at an all inclusive (all you can eat) hotel : )

– No Credit Needed looks at the value of a fully-funded Roth IRA.

– Consumerism Commentary gives a heads up, get ready to consolidate your student loans, providing more student loan tips for graduates.

– Get Rich Slowly looks at picking stocks with Motley Fool’s CAPS.

– All Financial Matters addresses the question, how much do you need for retirement?

Other Articles

– Blueprint for Financial Prosperity asks if you know you’ve been cheating on your taxes.

– The Simple Dollar has a good review of the book Ready, Fire, Aim.

– Madame X is looking to play money match maker, she’s looking for interested singles! 


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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