There are only two days left to enter our May Giveaway! It’s your last chance to win one of three great personal finance books so don’t forget to enter before you head off for the long weekend.
Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of summer here in the US and the gas price is peaking as usual. This year we are not planning to drive too far so gas won’t be an issue. We’ll have good weather on Saturday so we may go to one of the nature preserves nearby if baby RB40 is feeling better. Yes, he has a fever again. Other than that, we’ll probably hang out around town and get together with some friends.
How about you? Do you have any big plan for the long weekend?
The 4th Yakezie Writing Contest is live! The YWC will award winners (3-5) with cash prizes to further their education. Follow the link to see the rules. The deadline for essay submission is June 2nd so you need to get cracking. Tell your kids and anyone still working on their education about this opportunity for some additional funding.
Jay at Budgets Are Sexy asked “What’s your tip for saving money on travel?”
Here is my answer: Travel like a backpacker. Don’t carry a lot of crap and definitely hang out with other backpackers. They know all the cheap/free places to eat (sometimes even with good food.) Stay in hostels and make friends with interesting backpackers from all over the world who are taking a year off to travel as cheaply as possible. It will inspire you and will make you want to see more of the world.
Oh yeah, don’t pack a huge backpack. That’s a rookie move.
101 Centavos – Retirement Worries, Retirement Strategies. See Andrew’s retirement strategy. It sounds like an awesome plan to me so don’t miss this one.
The Dividend Guy – How Dividend Aristocrats have done over the past 5 years? Dividend Aristocrats have done mostly well, but a few lost some value. This is a great read for anyone who wants more dividend income.
The Passive Income Earner – How to review your financial plan. It is essential to have a financial plan. See what PIE learned in his 20s and see if his spreadsheet can help you.
Money Counselor - Net Worth: How are you doing? See how your net worth stack up against the median and average net worth in your age range.
Money Smart Guides – Half of American’s Save Nothing for retirement. That is pretty sad. The ones that don’t save must be pulling down the average Net Worth in Money Counselor’s post. How will they manage retirement?
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to spare some time to think about what the day represents.