I was at the dollar store this week, and right next to the several rows of Halloween goodies I saw it and was terrified. An aisle full of Christmas decorations. So far it’s only a single aisle – I’m sure it will grow to occupy all the Halloween space when that holiday passes (in 5 weeks!) – but wow. Christmas decorations for sale in mid-September. Does anyone else feel like this year seems to be flying by?
Before we lose any more time and find ourselves in 2013, let’s recap where you could have found Planting Our Pennies around the late senator Stevens’ series of tubes this week.
Love From Others
- Mrs. PoP wrote a guest post over at eemusings, Do What You Say, Say What You Mean, inspired by an unfortunate misuse of air-quotes. Go there, read our post. And other posts in her blog. She does cool stuff like sky diving, so your energies will not be wasted.
- Our series How We Bought a $50K Duplex appeared in the Carnival of Personal Finance: Your Feelings Don’t Matter Edition over at 6400 Personal Finance, as well as the Carnival of Financial Planning held by The Skilled Investor. Fix ‘Em Up Rent ‘Em Out linked to the last post in the series in his Dreams Come True Weekly Blog Roundup, as did Outlier Model in Updates September 16-22. Thanks to you all – we hope everyone gets as much enjoyment out of this series as we had traveling down memory lane to write it.
- Harry at Your PF Pro included our post Pork Belly or Sausage in his September 2012 Favorite Posts – Thanks!
- And Funny About Money included our story of Seeing Minimum Wage As An Opportunity in her Weekend Roundup: Politics As High Comedy Edition. Funny – we are ever honored to be included!
Love For Others
- If you want your heart strings tugged, read See Debt Run‘s post The Boy With The Special Heart: A Story of Riches. I’ve known too many people that have had unexpected complications with birth and infants to not be terrified of the possibilities. But, this one turns out well as the baby is now fine after heart surgery.
- Mr. Money Mustache challenges all the beginner Mustachians in Is It Convenient? Would I Enjoy It? Wrong Question to question whether they really need the things they think they do. “If you still need to work for money, or at the very least, if you’re not saving at least 50% of your take-home pay, you can not afford it. Where ‘it’ is anything.” Mr. Money Mustache – we salute your bad-assity. And, for the record, we refrained from purchasing the mustache stickers in the picture. I think too many World Market customers had trouble trying to justify that impulse buy as it sat in the clearance bin.
- And tying back to the weekend’s theme of being shocked at rampant consumerism and seeing holiday decorations for sale in mid-September, Corey at 20′s Finances decides that by encouraging us to spread our holiday spending out into September, we’re only fooling ourselves into thinking we’re responsible – instead we’re feeding a consumer addiction. See if you agree with his reasoning in his post: Holiday Planning: Teaching Responsibility or Encouraging Spending?