Personal Finance Round-Up: ‘Tis the season…Football season!

It’s that time of year again when everyone starts making their football team picks, betting pool sign-up sheets start circulating around the offices, and guacamole sales go through the roof. It seems everyone wants a piece of the action, even around the personal finance sector. Here’s a great football inspired piece by B. Simple of Simple Financial Lifestyle that takes the art of the tackle to a whole new level:

In the piece titled, Simplify your Finances one tackle at a time, B. Simple breaks down some of the most crucial areas of personal finance into very bite-sized, simplified steps, all in the name of simplifying your finances.

Here are a few more personal finance touchdowns to get you into the season of saving and spending smart:

The Lost Art Of Balancing Your Checkbook
While many leave the balancing to their bank computer systems, the art of balancing your checkbook yourself may still be valid according to some. Here’s why and how to keep that art alive. [The Dough Roller]

10 Ways To Lower Your Cost Of Living
Football players may make millions, but anyone can benefit from great tips on reducing your cost of living. There are a few things on the list that often get forgotten by sports superstars and regular folk alike. [Free From Broke]

4 Signs of an Imminent Double Dip Recession
Everyone hates a double-dipper; it’s like they put their whole mouth in the bowl for everyone to share. A recession double dip would be much worse than just ruining the guacamole. [My Next Buck]

Do you hate your work?
I doubt any of the players in the NFL hate what they do, I mean they don’t call it a game for nothing but there are many people out there who hate their work. If you are one of them, this article contains some interesting thought on the subject. [The Monevator]

I Don’t Want to Retire(ment Planning)
And one for those people that never want to retire because they love what they do. That would really be a nice problem to have. [The Oblivious Investor]

The New Rule For Engagement Ring Buying
Football stars are great and fun to watch but that fun pales in comparison to watching your girlfriend’s eyes light up with stars as you propose. But what if you get the wrong ring? That can be  a disastrous situation. This article discusses some of the unwritten rules about buying engagement rings. [Financial Samurai]

If You Can’t Live on $40,000 Per Year, It’s Your Own Fault
The average salary for a player in the NFL is close to one million dollars, but here, Len argues that anyone, regardless of where they reside can live comfortably on $40,000 per year. [Len Penzo]

Should You Be a Lifetime Renter?
Even among the extremely wealthy many still rent a place instead of buying. While their rent payments may be many times higher than most of our mortgage payments, it is worth thinking about whether renting or buying is best for you. [Mint Life Blog]

7 Bad Habits That Can Send You into Bankruptcy
Another thing many wealthy people do when they are unprepared to deal with massive amounts of wealth is file bankruptcy. Just because you have money doesn’t mean you know what to do with it or how to manage it, so try and avoid these bad habits for a better financial future. [Financial Press Gazette]

Making Household Chores Easier
For those of us not making a football star’s salary, that have to clean our own houses, these little tips of breaking down chores to make them easier to manage can come in handy. [Frugal Zeitgeist]

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  • Forest

    Thanks for the link :). That kind of football isn’t shown here in Egypt so will have no idea what is happening this year!

    • Jesse Michelsen

      No problem Forest, I thought your advice was great and you are a credible source seeing as you live in the desert with plenty of cleaning around the house to be done :) I don’t think I would be able to take the sand for too long..and I’m sure you can catch the games online!

  • Craig

    Thanks for the mention!

    • Jesse Michelsen

      No problemo Craig!

  • B Simple

    Thanks for mentioning my blog post.

    • Jesse Michelsen

      My pleasure, B.