Best In Personal Finance 11/27

Right away I’m going to tell you that I dropped my laptop two days ago.  I’ve been trying to restore and recover and the damn thing won’t do it, so I’m more than a little upset that my computer is pretty much dead.  Not a happy camper AT ALL.  Mainly because that’s what I use to write this blog and I don’t have the funds or inclination to buy another one.  I’m really ticked with myself.

A former co-worker who was a good friend suddenly passed away this week.  I was especially affected by it because I had been calling her to tell her about the new job probably as she lay dying and before anyone discovered her.  She would have been especially ticked off that I was upset, so I brushed it aside and raised a glass in her honor with a couple of co-workers who’d gone out with me to celebrate my new job.  We shared funny stories and all of our good times with each other.  That’s how my friend wanted to be remembered, and that’s how we did it.  So, here’s another virtual glass to you Z!

On to some of the best posts that I found this week.  Now, mind you, I’ve been without a computer for a couple of days.  I’ve snuck onto my boyfriend’s Apple computer thingie to write this.  By the way, I am so not a fan of it. I apologize if this isn’t as descriptive as usual.

  • My friend was very prepared for death…all the way down to what kind of funeral service she wanted.  In honor of her memory, I bring you How Much Life Insurance Do I Need? from Gen X Finance.
  • Jon from Free Money Wisdom has Money Tips from 49 Personal Finance Bloggers Lots o good advice here.
  • Krantcents wonders if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur in Am I an Entrepreneur?  I am and chances are that you are too even if you don’t know if.
  • You already know that I don’t like to spend money on Christmas gifts, so how about a $50 Christmas Budget?
  • Just because I don’t want you spending too much money doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pay attention to the gifts that you get, or how they re wrapped.  Try reading 10 Cheap, Handmade, and Green Wrapping Ideas from Wisebread.

That’s it for this week.  I am running my 30 days of Christmas Freebies and Giveaways this year again.  Every single day in December I feature one different freebie or giveaway that you can enter.  I don’t know how I’m going to pull this off without a computer.  Talk about bad timing.

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  1. Sorry to hear about the laptop! Worst case, Dell is selling laptops for as low as $399 these days though it depends on what you want to do with it. For mobile blogging that might be enough. My old $799 Dell is pretty much equivalent to those, except that it’s 4 years old and the battery is dead. 😉

    • This one is only a year old!!!! And I have sooooooooooooo many programs on here that God only knows where the disks are. I’m so mad at myself!

  2. About the coworker, sorry to hear that too. It was sad when a couple of years ago one of the testers at our place died from cancer, and I had worked with her more than a few times. Her husband had died somewhat earlier of the same thing which must have been really hard on her to deal with, too. I have no idea if they had kids or not, but it’s sad to see coworkers you work with every day get wiped out like that!

  3. I woke up on Thursday morning thinking that I lost my computer… luckily I got it to work, but I thought I was going to be in trouble. Not only do I use it for blogging, but writing papers for school and everything else. Oh… the reliance on computers.

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