Strategic Planning Edition – Personal Finance Review

July 21, 2008

I spent part of the weekend doing some much needed strategic planning for this site, our finances, my career, and life in general.

Personal Strategic Planning
Sometimes I have a tendency to get so entangled in the details of everyday life that I lose sight of the big picture.  In an effort to be a little more strategic in my decision making I setup some free mind mapping software on our computer (Free Mind) and bought a big erasable white board.

The nice thing about mind mapping is that it allows me to visualize my jumbled mess of thoughts and organize them graphically.  The white board allows me to think out loud as well as document my plans and priorities as constant reminders to myself.

Writer Auditions
As you’re probably aware, the writer auditions are underway.  Later on today you’ll get a review of the online payment service, Pay Pal, and during the rest of the week the writers will cover various investment strategies.  Don’t forget, you can win $50 cash simply by offering your feedback on the writers.

Money Articles Review
 Here are some recent personal finance posts I got something out of from The Money Writers last week.

– 12 Tips to Prepare Your Finances for Vacation @ My Dollar Plan

Free Credit Scores from Credit Karma @ Lazy Man & Money

work-life balance is a false choice @ Brip Blap

WaMu Free Checking: High APY of 3.3% @ The Digerati Life

– A Simple Low Cost Diversified ETF Portfolio @ Million Dollar Journey

EverBank Offers Better Rates: 4.76% Intro APY @ Suns Financial Diary

Risk Tolerance in a Bear Market @ Gen X Finance


Here are some of the highlights from the Money Blog Network:

Single step personal finance challenge @ Mighty Bargain Hunter

GnuCash: Free Software for Balancing Your Checkbook @ Consumerism Commentary

Stupid Money Moves  @ Free Money Finance

Having A Plan Allows Me To Enjoy Spending Money @ No Credit Needed

– How and Why to Freeze Your Credit @ Five Cent Nickel


Around the Blogosphere

Both Jim and Trent offer some financial advice for couples.  Blueprint for Financial Prosperity has Dr. Bonnie Answers Coupled Finances Questions and Trent shares How My Wife and I Got on the Same Financial Page at The Simple Dollar.

Cogratulations to Moolanomy and Gather Little by Little on hitting their one year milestones of writing about personal finance.

Thanks to the hosts of the recent Festival of Stocks, Carnival of Personal Finance, and Festival of Frugality for including the following posts:


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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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2 Responses to Strategic Planning Edition – Personal Finance Review

  • Ben

    Ha, funny Glblguy. You really should try it out, it’s a great way to visualize your ideas and the relationships between them.

  • Glblguy

    Thanks! Haven’t tried mind mapping myself…afraid I might get lost 😉