Sunday Money Roundup – Monsoon Season Is Here Edition.

Will it ever end? Every afternoon about 2pm, major thunderstorms, rain, and hail come over the mountain and deluge the town with moisture. They call it monsoon season and I though they were over-exaggerating, but it turns out that they weren’t – it really is a monsoon every afternoon! While I find my umbrella, check out the roundup from this past week:

FIRE Finance has just released their list of the Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs, and My Two Dollars came in at number 15. Very cool! Without you guys this wouldn’t be possible, so thank you to all my readers and commenters!

My Two Dollars took part in the Carnival of Personal Finance #165 at No Debt Plan this week. My article “It’s Not Only A Salary That Can Make An Employee Happy” was an Editor’s Pick. Thanks No Debt Plan!

And now, on to the 10 articles that caught my eye over the week. Enjoy!

Patrick at Cash Money Life asks a good question – should you tithe when times are hard? Although I am not a religious man at all, we do give to charity quite often and I would have to say that anyone going through tough times would be better served by not tithing while they get themselves in a better situation. No one wins if you lose all ability to give in the future by not taking care of yourself today.

Money Ning says to find and do what you love, and I could not agree more. This has become so important to both my wife and I, and it has changed our outlook on life in the last couple of years.

Gather Little By Little says that we see what we want to see. Curious, aren’t you? Go read this great post for the explanation.

Five Cent Nickel explains how to qualify for an FHA loan. With today’s mortgage crisis, it’s easy to forget that there are many different ways to get a mortgage.

Moolanomy has 10 tips for college bound students. Great tips for new students.

Mrs. Micah answers a reader’s question with her post “Which Personal Finance Guru Would I Recommend?

Frugal Dad uncovers what some of us were thinking already – Companies Change Product Sizes to Reduce Costs. Ugh. Good times!

Don’t Feed The Alligators talks about building up an emergency fund. Looking for tips for your own savings? Look no further.

No Credit Needed has a great article up about how money nerds and free-spirits can coexist. My wife and I are just like NCN’s family – I am the money nerd and my wife is the free-spirit, so this came in handy!

Quest For Four Pillars completes his will and outlines the steps he went through to do so. I really need to get on this!

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  1. Patrick says:

    It’s raining in the desert… be happy! 😉

    Concerning tithing, there were a lot of different reader comments, and it was interesting reading them. Thanks for the mention.

  2. Frugal Dad says:

    Thanks for the mention. I suppose the rain is both good and bad. Honestly, we could badly use rain here as we are in the midst of yet another summer of drought. At times we’ve gone nearly three weeks with no rain. Water bills are sky high, water tables are dangerously low, and my yard and garden are wilting. On the flip side, too much of a good thing is a problem, too. I imagine a daily 2:00pm deluge would get old as well!

  3. Pinyo says:

    If it makes you feel better, it has been raining a lot in NYC too. I think it’s a good thing. Rain cleanse the air of pollens, dust, and pollution. 🙂

  4. David says:

    Oh, we love the rain, but we love the thunder and lightning even better! Luckily we don’t have a bad drought here at all, and come another 2 months and we will see snow, so we should have plenty of water.

    Pinyo – My mom lives in Mass and she says it has been raining all summer, so that must be you guys sending the rain up to her!

    FD – Does it snow where you live, so eventually you will get some moisture?

  5. Thanks for the mention! It’s been raining here a lot as well, but what’s really bad this year is the large number of thunderstorms we’ve had. Crazy lightning!

  6. I wish we could get some of that rain down here in Atlanta. This years drought hasn’t been as bad as last year but we are still down for the year.

  7. david says:

    Yea, Atlanta has had it rough!

  8. Evan says:


    You may want to check out my post (I didn’t put the specific link) on why EVERYONE needs a will! I also outline 2 common types of wills.

    Just FYI


  9. david says:

    Will do, thanks Evan!

  10. Four Pillars says:

    Thanks for mentioning the post on wills. If you need one – then get on it now!! 🙂