Whew! I don’t know about you guys but I had a fun and exhausting Fourth of July. We spent the night of the 3rd at a friend’s house eating burgers and hot dogs, drinking beer, playing with sparklers, sitting by the campfire, and watching fireworks on the beach. The morning of the Fourth we went to a parade, came home and rested, and then had a picnic dinner down by the Charles River before watching the Boston Pops and more fireworks. We also have our 6-year-old niece staying with us for a couple of weeks, which is a lot of fun but definitely gives us a little more to do. At least it’s good practice for number 2 coming soon!
I don’t have much financial insight for you today. I will say that we’ve been spending more than usual recently with our niece here, but it’s the kind of spending we’re happy to do. She lives in Florida so our time with her is limited and we want to make the most of it. We certainly haven’t gone crazy, but there’s been a little more eating out and a little more spending on activities than normal. It’s all been a lot of fun and we wouldn’t trade it for anything. And it’s been great for her and our son to really get some time to know each other. While they’ve seen each other plenty of times before now, this is their first experience spending an extended period of time together. They’ve been getting along great and are definitely much closer than before. It’s been a lot of fun to watch.
With that, I’d like to wish everyone a late happy Fourth of July and an enjoyable rest of the weekend! Below are some great posts from throughout the week that are definitely worth checking out. Enjoy!
Other articles I think you’ll like
Living Rich Cheaply: With the switch to a single-income official, Andrew outlines some of the things they considered when making the decision.
Johnny Moneyseed: Chances are that you’re going to live a long life. How are you preparing yourself for that reality?
The Umbrella Treasury: A great outline of the thought process behind spending money on a wedding. I like that her first few considerations are not going into debt, keeping savings at an adequate level, and not sacrificing long-term goals. Talk about having your priorities in order!
Faithful With a Few: Khaleef writes about the importance of performing your job with integrity. My wife’s dad used to tell his kids that he didn’t care what they did professionally as long as they did it with honor, which fits right into this theme. It’s a great message to pass on.
Stacking Benjamins: Great stuff here on the importance of customer service. I’ve happily paid more for many products because of the service I’ve received. When it’s done right, good customer service can create a customer for life.
Eyes on the Dollar: Kim talks about something that I think every working parent deals with at some point: guilt. Finding the balance between work and spending time with your kids can be difficult, but she has some good thoughts on how she dealt with it.
Thanks to these carnivals for including me along with some other great posts!
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