Posts That Piqued My Interest: Crisp Fall Weekend Edition

It’s a wonderfully sunny and cool weekend here in New Jersey — well, Sunday’s a bit warmer than Saturday, but with temperatures in the 70s, it’s glorious to me, someone who’s always cold. The leaves are just starting to get that color tint that means they’re preparing to change over. One thing I noticed this year is the big Japanese maple in our front yard had all-green leaves this year — pretty odd, since Mr. NSF and I would have sworn it was all-red last year through the summer! We haven’t done anything to the front yard, so I have no idea what caused the color shift — but the leaves are starting to turn red for fall. Looking on Google Street View, which shows us our home right before we bought it last June, the leaves are red! Ponderous.

If You Can’t Live on $40,000 Per Year, It’s Your Own Fault at Len Penzo Dot Com. One man’s opinion on how he believes it’s possible for a family of 4 to live on $40,000 income — in Southern California. I don’t see that happening around here, unless you have a home in an undesirable neighborhood (he includes a mortgage in his calculations). Maybe if you bought the home 10 years ago and have that “low” mortgage…

Fear and Loathing in America the Beautiful at Funny About Money. She points out that the sins of the fathers don’t have to be the sins of the sons and daughters — but unfortunately, racism is alive and well in the U.S. in the 21st century.

An Oil Change Every 3,000 Miles is a Waste of Money at Consumerism Commentary. I’ll take the car for an oil change every 4,000-5,000 miles or wait until the “change oil” light comes on, whichever comes first. Not the smartest thing to do, I’ll admit.

Is There Ever A Right Time To Upgrade Your Engagement Ring? at Financial Samurai. Another polarizing post from Sam. Asking for an upgraded engagement ring BEFORE you even tie the knot? Tacky, tacky, tacky. Not to mention a bit gold digger-ish. But I think those who do it as part of a major anniversary celebration — with both spouses agreeable to the idea — is fine.

Tis the season to… at Single Mom, Rich Mom. Yes, Christmas is on its way, as are all the other fun holidays (Thanksgiving, my  birthday — yes, a minor holiday to me!). Her child asked for a rock tumbler — I remember having one of those and enjoying it immensely.

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Demonic Dip Jar Causes Bloodbath at The Consumerist featured my Tostitos Dip Caused a Bloodbath at Our House post from earlier in the week. Loving the snarky comments — you guys put Gawker commenters to shame, my friends.

Joining the Yakezie Challenge

First of all, Happy Labor Day! I hope you — unlike me — have the day off from work and can enjoy it. This weekend was the first of the summer to be truly gorgeous, at least that’s what my now-horrible short-term memory tells me. We have no cookouts this weekend, because Mr. NSF’s parents usually do the BBQ’ing, and they’ve been out of state for a wedding for the past few days.

The Penny Frugalista Joins The Yakezie Challenge

There’s a great bunch of personal finance bloggers who belong to the Yakezie, a collective begin by Sam from Financial Samurai. Part of the Yakezie Challenge is first raising your blog’s Alexa rank in the initial 6-month challenge. I’m aiming for 200,000; right now, I’m at 1,057,679 after starting this blog less than a month ago at 10 million-plus. I’m entering the challenge with this blog after previously joining with my other blog, Rainy-Day Saver, and hoping some of you folks who enjoy my personal stories and posts will have followed me over here to The Penny Frugalista, too. Here is where you’ll now find my home improvement adventures and follow my pregnancy journey as my husband and I become parents for the first time (I’m due the first week in March).

Yakezie’s mantra is “selflessly helping others,” and I plan to bring my readers weekly round-ups that highlight the posts that stood out to me in the week past. I’m also looking forward to reconnecting with the older Yakezie members and meeting the new ones.

Thanks for accompanying me as I chronicle the important events in my life and talk about my family’s financial experiences.

— Penny