Everything Finance Monthly Round Up: Boston Begins to Heal

What a crazy few weeks it’s been.  Just a few short weeks ago, the Boston Marathon bombing happened.  What followed was surreal with the entire city of Boston on lock down and shoot outs happening in the streets.  In the end, one suspect was dead and another was arrested.  Now Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is talking and has been moved from the hospital.

Since it’s so rare for terrorists to be taken alive, perhaps Tsarnaev can shed some light on his motivation and provide insight into the thoughts of a terrorist.

Regardless, the city of Boston, and the nation, is able to begin healing now that the alleged bomber has been caught.

Around the web, I have been reading some excellent personal finance articles.  Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Financial Samurai provides some excellent tips on how to handle your money.
  2. Have you tried to potty train your cat?  Sure, it can be a real cost saver, but there can be repercussions.  Here’s how it went for Jason at Live Real Now.  (Note–there’s probably a reason cats use cat litter instead of the toilet.)
  3. Sustainable Life Blog argues that you can save serious money by using Craigslist, even if you don’t live in a big city.
  4. If you’re on the right path financially, don’t become complacent.  Why not set life goals for yourself?  Living in Financial Excellence explains how.
  5. My Personal Finance Journey explains why you need to have a little money set aside for entertainment, even when you’re paying down debt.
  6. Do you record how you spend your money?  Money Help for Christians explains the easy way he’s been doing just that.
  7. The Family CEO explains how to budget for an irregular income.  I like her second suggestion best.
  8. Couple Money has paid off 25% of their student loan debt in 4 months!  Way to go!
  9. Thousandaire doesn’t have an emergency fund, but he was able to visit with his dad before he passed because he’d been saving airline miles.  Our thoughts are with you.
  10. How well did your parents handle their finances?  Don’t Quit Your Day Job shares what most Americans think about this.
  11. What are you teaching the next generation in your family about finances?  Frugal Confessions is trying to get her niece and nephew on the right financial footing.
  12. Whether you have an online business or a blog, My Wife Quit Her Day Job gives his guidelines for outsourcing help.  Great advice here!
  13. You may wonder if you really need to have a 20% down payment when buying your home.  Money, Life and More explains why it’s essential.
  14. Good Financial Cents shares 4 ways to pay off debt faster.

On a different note, Everything Finance was featured in several blog carnivals recently:

Yakezie Carnival hosted by Young & Thrifty

Lifestyle Carnival hosted by Weight Chronicles

Festival of Frugality #382 hosted by The Festival of Frugality

Carnival of Money Pros hosted by Family Money Values

Carnival of Retirement #64 hosted by Making Sense of Cents

Yakezie Carnival hosted by Family Money Values

Festival of Frugality #383 hosted by One Smart Dollar

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #76 hosted by My University Money

Carnival of Money Pros hosted by Financial Conflict Coach

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #77 hosted by Free at 33

Carnival of Financial Independence #6 hosted by Reach Financial Independence

Yakezie Carnival hosted by The Ultimate Juggle

Yakezie Carnival hosted by Thirty Six Months