Posts That Piqued My Interest: Remembering 9/11 Edition

It’s a gorgeous weekend here in New Jersey, and I’m hoping you’re having an equally nice day wherever you are. Sadly, it reminds me of the kind of day it was on September 11, 2001 — clear blue skies and abundant sunshine, just a taste of fall. It’s hard to believe it’s been 9 years since that terrible day. While I didn’t lose anyone close to me in the terrorist attacks, others weren’t so lucky. You’re in my thoughts today.

So enjoy this weekend, but take the time to remember those whose lives were lost on that fateful day.

A Roundup

Here’s roundup of stories that got my attention this week (I mistakenly said it was my first roundup –it’s the second!). I hope you check them out.

The How-To Kitchen: Caramel Sauce at Good. Food. Stories. Mmm, caramel sauce! I’ve never tired to make this myself. Now, if only I had something to use it on…

Would You Help My Co-Worker Out? at Punch Debt in the Face. Give financial advice to a co-worker? No way. Family? Nuh-uh. I’ll help you find ways to cut your spending and better budget your money, but there’s no way I’m touching the investment aspect of personal finance, not even with a 10-foot pole.

Now’s the Time to Stop (or Alter) a Christmas Gift Exchange at The Simple Dollar. We’ll probably be cutting down on our gifting this year, in preparation for the little bundle of spending known as a newborn.

Why Being a Homeowner Sucks at Ultimate Money Blog. I love our house, but it’s taking much longer to get it into the condition I want it in.

Life Without a Budget: 4 Questions to Ask at Well-Heeled Blog. We don’t technically follow a budget, but we live well within our means and “pay ourselves” first.

When Is Paying Down Your Mortgage a Bad Idea? at Watson, Inc. One of my favorite personal finance topics — we add a little extra to the mortgage payment each month, but not at the expense of paying credit card bills or padding our savings.

U.S. Gov’ment Bonds: Made Easy! at Dr. Dean. Another way to invest that’s less scary than putting money into the stock market (which I swear I will do on my own sometime soon).

Picks of the Week

Lots of good reads this week from my fellow personal finance bloggers. It’s Labor Day Weekend, but as usual, I’ll be working on deadline on Monday, bummer. It makes it a bit better than I had a great day with Mr. NSF & friends at my first-ever Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, N.Y. this weekend. While I didn’t partake of the beer or mead, I did have a great time trying cheesecake on a stick dipped in chocolate and enjoying a pretzel (along with other gastronomic delights). Sunday and early Monday will be days of rest and relaxation — and probably some housekeeping, since I’m way behind on that.

Penny’s Picks of the Week

It’s National Coupon Month at Budgets Are Sexy

10 Signs You’re Not Prepared for Retirement at Little House in the Valley 

Scraping By on $110,000? at Funny About Money

Another Debt Erased at Deliver Away Debt (Jeff paid off his second mortgage!)

Admitting “I Can’t Do It” at Girl With the Red Balloon

Who Do You Want to Be: Freelancer or Small Business Owner? at Finance for a Freelance Life

A Snack Nerd’s Easy Energy Bars at Good. Food. Stories.

What Type of Will Do You Have? Review of a Simple Will at My Journey to Millions