Personal Finance Round-Up: Time for an iPad Upgrade Already?

ipad 2 colorsJust this past week, Apple announced the second incarnation of their magical product, the iPad. What’s amazing about the iPad is that it was not the first tablet PC. Those have been around for a few years. So Apple essentially took a device concept that few people or businesses could find a legitimate use for, and they made it the envy of everyone. That’s good business.

With the second generation just around the corner, how many people that bought the first one will be waiting in line for the second? I’m sure quite a few, but the demand for the original is still pretty fresh – it’s only a year old, after all. So if you plan to be in line, don’t let your old iPad gather dust. Instead, check out these tips by the Mint Life blog on selling your old iPad, Upgrading to iPad 2? Three Tips For Selling Your Old iPad. The tips aren’t just iPad specific. We’re a society that likes to upgrade, and sadly, most of our obseletes clutter up our homes. Remember to liquidate what you don’t need after every upgrade!

And now, upgrade your own knowledge by checking out some other great articles from this week:

Adjusting to an Increase in Income
An increase in income is great, but unless you do something great with it, it’s like it never happened. Check out these great tips on using that increase to make a difference. [Five Cent Nickel]

Teaching Your Children About Money
Kids look up to us and learn from us every day, even when we don’t realize it. Here are some situations to watch for that are great opportunities to teach your kids about money. [Cash Money Life]

Frugal Winter Activities for Kids
While some places are experiencing spring, some are still in a bleak winter cold. Getting cabin fever? Here are some ideas. [Cool to be Frugal]

Your Spring Financial To-Dos
When spring finally does spring wherever you are, be sure to look over this comprehensive time line of a to-do list to be financially prepared for summer. [Credit Karma]

7 Points to Consider When Choosing a Mutual Fund
Mutual funds are low-cost and low-risk investment vehicles, but they’re not all created equal. Make sure you know what you’re looking for before signing on. [Do Not Wait]

Outwit. Outlast. Outplay.
There’s a lot that can be learned from a TV series experiencing their 21st season on air such as Survivor. Check out these lessons from a veteran participant. [DINKS]

What To Do If You Can’t Find Your Dream Job
The dream job has gotten more elusive in these past few years and we can’t just keep waiting around for it to show up. Here are things to do while you search. [Studenomics]

17 Signs that Frugality Has Gone Too Far
It seems everything reaches that extreme point of absurdity sooner or later (see: Lady Gaga). Is frugality there yet? Maybe, according to this article. [Financial Highway]

Ways Kids Are Expensive That I Never Thought Of (Until I Had Them…)
Any parent will tell you that kids are a surprise in more ways than one. One way they always seem to keep us guessing is in the money department. [Everyday Tips and Thoughts]

3 Ways to Lower Your Mortgage Rate
A mortgage is one of the biggest expenses you will ever take on so why not do everything you can to reduce that total cost? Here are 3 ways. [Quizzle Wire]

  • Martin Dasko

    Thanks for the Studenomics link. I personally have never even thought once about purchasing this iPad, the first one, or any tablet device for that manner. I don’t see the point of it. Maybe I’m odd.

  • Ray @ Financial Highway

    Thanks for the link love!