Sunday Money Roundup – 106 Degrees And Counting Edition.

As I write this in a coffee shop in the San Fernando Valley on Friday, it is 106 degrees outside…and rising. It is supposed to hit 109 today, and I cannot fathom how I used to live in this heat all summer long! Where we live now by the beach (for only 6 more days!) it stays a comfortable 85 or so all summer, but here where my wife works in the valley it is around 100 every day for months. Oh, the agony! While I contemplate just how long it would take to cook an egg on my car, check out 10 of the articles that caught my eye this past week!

Paid Twice reminds us that just because someone gives you a list of “must-haves”, it doesn’t mean that YOU must have those items as well. We are all individuals and you have to decide for yourself what is necessary and what is a luxury. Great post.

Cash Money Life has found another bonus for his readers – a Netflix free trial. My wife and I have been avid Netflixers for years and would not trade it for the world!

No Credit Needed lets you high schoolers in on a secret – a one-time, fully-funded Roth IRA could net you $3.5 million bucks at 72!

My Open Wallet is looking for singles…and not the paper kind you fit in your wallet. She launched a personal finance personals site within her own site! If you are looking for love in all the wrong places, you should check it out.

Plonkee says that credit cards are like alcohol and I agree that a lot of people treat it as such because they cannot stop spending. I guess Patrick mentioned they were like guns, and this is Plonkee’s take on it from a UK perspective. Good stuff…

Five Cent Nickel hacks his gas mileage and improves it by 15%! I have been doing this kind of thing every time I take the car and have seen my MPG go up as well; it has become a fun game now!

Money Ning reminds us that patience will stop us from spending money. I could not agree more, and it was something that took me a long time to put into practice.

Interested in seeing how all the personal finance sites rank amongst themselves for traffic and subscribers? Head on over to PopTopRanks.com and check it out!

Generation X Finance has an article “ETFs vs. Mutual Funds: Which One is Right for You?” which is incredibly useful for anyone trying to figure out the pros and cons of each.

And last but certainly not least, Frugal Dad has the scoop on a great program that will allow students who have large student loan debt to exchange the paying down of said debt in exchange for volunteering at local charities. The students get $20 per hour paid towards their debt for each hour of volunteering they do. Amazing stuff and I truly hope this program succeeds.

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  1. Patrick says:

    106 is pretty hot! I’ve spent a few months in the Middle East and I think the highest it got was around 135. Of course, I was working on aircraft out on the hot tarmac (the asphalt actually got soft in that heat!). IT was pretty miserable and water and Gatorade were my best friend! I don’t miss those day at all! 🙂

    Thanks for the mention. 🙂

  2. WritingRita says:

    Not sure where you are in the SFV but driving through the West end yesterday, our car temp gauge read 116 outside for a while before dropping to 111.

  3. David says:

    Yea, it ended up hitting 114 where I was – outdoors at 4pm. Ugh.

  4. Lynnae says:

    Yeowch! I remember the hot California days! Not fun!

    But isn’t it going to be just as hot where you are moving?

    Great roundup!

  5. david says:

    Thankfully Lynnae, it’s the high desert so summers are normally under 85 degrees. At least that is what I have been told! 🙂

  6. Madame X says:

    Thanks for the mention!