Personal Finance Review – Lost Camera Edition

August 22, 2008


What’s your favorite digital camera?  Ours walked away while my wife and son were at the State Fair last week. 

We don’t know if someone snatched it or if it just fell out of the stroller, either way we no longer have a camera.

The worst part was we had pictures from both a visit to my parents place and a friend’s wedding reception on the memory card so those are gone forever. 

We had an Canon Powershot SD500 and really liked it so we’re considering just getting a newer model, like the SD1000; but we’re also looking around at other options.  What camera do you recommend?  We definitely need one with “burst mode”, our son moves quickly and sometimes its hard to catch all the cute things he does. I’ll have to do some camera research over the weekend.

It’s been a little while since I pointed out some of the money articles I enjoyed, here are a few for weekend reading.

The Money Writers

If you’re looking for ways to save money check out Lazy Man’s tips on saving money at restaraunts and remember not to go broke being frugal.

The Digerati Life talked about the best companies to work for and My Dollar Plan is quitting her job and is wondering what’s next.

The Sun’s Financial Diary covers Freddie Mac’s ongoing troubles, Million Dollar Journey talks about the psychology of money, and Brip Blap discusses learning to let go of stuff..

Gen X Finance reminds us that two thirds of corporations don’t pay taxes, sounds like I should look into starting a corporation : )

I’d also like to welcome Jason of Frugal Dad to our little collection of sites known as The Money Writers.  I’ve definitely learned a thing or two from Jason’s site about saving money and parenting, learn more about Frugal Dad.

Money Blog Network

I’ve written a lot recently on money for ollege graduates and college student finances so Consumerism Commentary’s financial tips for college students caught my eye.  Flexo shares some tips based on his personal experiences on student credit cards, managing student expenses, and work for college students.

Speaking of working for money, Free Money Finance has some ways to earn more money and Five Cent Nickel shares how to avoid being ripped off by finding a good auto mechanic.

No Credit Needed is running a series on staying debt free and Mighty Bargain Hunter advises us not to be scared of our portfolio!

Work / Life Balance

As I look for a new job, one of the things I spend a lot of time considering is how many hours I’m willing to work in order to work in a job/field that I enjoy.  There are two really good posts this week on maintaining a work-life balance.  The Simple Dollar has 14 techniques for improving work-life balance and Blueprint for Financial Prosperity has a few engaing articles on the topic:


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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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5 Responses to Personal Finance Review – Lost Camera Edition

  • Richby30Retireby40 Blog

    What do you guys think about the Canon SLR Eon? It’s supposedly the entry level SLR camera, and I’m thinking I should get one for my wife who is really getting into photography.


  • Ben

    jim, I think those posts are a good read for anyone in the corporate world. The crazy thing is most of us learn from actually making mistakes, reading about them doesn’t always sink in. I’ll have to remind myself of Gary’s experience next time I’m pulling an all-nighter.

    Big Winner, thanks for pointing it out. I hadn’t really looked at the A-series of the Powershot, just the Digital Elph. I’ll have to take another look., thanks!

    Flexo, yeah the digital rebel is sweet but we’re looking for more of a compact camera. Plus I bought my wife a Rebel SLR a few years ago and she hardly ever uses it so I don’t want to shell out for a digital one : )

  • Flexo

    My current favorite is the Canon Digital Rebel XTi, but that might be a little too big for what you’re looking for. Thanks for sharing my article with your readers.

  • Big Winner

    I use the camera on my iPhone, but the quality is nowhere near that of a good digital camera. On Amazon, the PowerShot A590IS is the bestselling digital camera and has good reviews too. At $150 it seems like an ok deal.

  • jim of Blueprint for Financial Prosperity

    Thanks for the linking to those articles, I was really lucky that Gary was willing to share his experiences with the world!