Well, it happened. The big spenders are definitely back in town down here in South Florida. And with them comes all their cool cars that I get to spot and drool over. Check out this Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid sports car (starts at around $102K) that I spotted on a walk near my office. There are solar panels on the roof, and they actually generate so little power that it’s hard to defend them as being “green” – they are purely for eco-gloating cred. My favorite part about this car? The fact that it looks like it’s smiling – check out that grill!
Love From Others
There are plenty of Thank You’s to go out this week – so here they are.
- TB at Blue Collar Workman liked our post that asked How Much Is Hair Worth? and included it in his Blue Collar Roundup. Thanks, TB! Hope your daughters are okay with your plan to grow out their hair for spare cash! =)
- Jeremy at Modest Money included our post on Our First Ever Spending Cleanse in this Beginning of December 2012 Giveaway post. If you’re into giveaways, check it out. He’s giving away cash as well as blogging services if you’re a blogger.
- Terry at Fix Em Up Rent Em Out included our post Buy Whatever You Want on Black Friday espousing Mr. PoP’s buy it for life (BIFL) philosophy in Don’t Let Them Silence The Voice of Reason. Terry was up for a real estate blogging award, and we were rooting for him. What were the results, Terry?
- Our post That’s Not Frugal, It’s Theft was a surprise winner in the weekly PoP-ularity (sorry couldn’t resist) contest on the blog. Brian at Luke 14:28 included it in Five Articles Worth Your Time, John at Frugal Rules had it listed in Frugal Friday Posts That Ruled, and Grown Up And Stuff (a new blog!) included it in What I Read This Week.
- And last, but not least, Kim at Eyes On The Dollar was kind enough to include our post Medical Lemmings – Peer Pressure and Medical Spending in her Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs – Hacker Edition. Glad you got your twitter hack problem worked out, Kim!
Thanks to everyone who included the PoPs on their reading lists these week and spread the love.
Love For Others
So what was the big news this week in the personal finance world? The lottery. What? How does that even make sense? We do not participate in the lottery – and I can count the number of lottery tickets we have ever bought on one finger. You can guess which finger I use to count them when I recall how I was guilt tripped into that purchase.
- Bankers Anonymous posted how the Powerball is a horrific tax on the poor. I would also add that it’s a pretty significant tax on people who don’t understand statistics and odds.
- But Jay over at The First Million Is the Hardest actually goes into some expected value calculations on lottery odds. His calculations aren’t 100% accurate since they don’t account for multiple winners at the higher levels and splitting jackpots (which he points out), but worth a read anyhow to consider the ballpark of returns on a lottery ticket.
- And Michelle over at See Debt Run sighs with relief in We Didn’t Win the Lottery, Thank God! She notes that statistically, lottery winners are often no more happy than the were prior to their winnings, and that such a huge change in living situation can increase stress in a lot of ways.
And that’s what I’ve got for the week. Make sure to check in tomorrow when we’ll post our November finances updates. =)