Friday Links – Spring Is In The Air

Tulips in snowHappy Friday everyone. How are you? Things here have been the same chaos as the last few weeks but there are some positives to focus on. For one, spring is in the air. They have closed the skating trails here and I am starting to wake up to the soothing sound of dripping icicles and chirping birds. The sun has been shining and the temps are close to 0 degrees Celsius, which is pretty warm for this time of year in this part of Canada. I am also leaving for vacation in less than two weeks. I cannot wait, as you can imagine. I have been burning the candle and more than two ends these days and the rest is definitely a requirement to my self sustainability. I have lots to get done beforehand so I am not exactly counting the days until we leave, but the thought of chilling out is definitely on my mind.

How is the weather for you all? Is spring in the air where you live?

There were as always great reads out this week which I have highlighted below:

Good Reads From The Blogosphere:

  • If you’re looking to save some money, consider the DIY approach. Money Bulldog has some great tips for how to decide when you should go it alone or hire a pro
  • When it comes to paying off your mortgage early, Money Master Mom knows 3 not-so-easy steps to take when doing so
  • Cat at Budget Blonde has come a long way in her financial and personal journeys. She wants to know: Did you expect to be where you are right now?
  • Lance was an unfortunate victim of credit card fraud. Read what to do if you’re stuck in the same situation over at Money, Life and More
  • Student Debt Survivor wants you to know a secret about paying off $30K in student loans
  • Kim is sharing the same advice about saving money that she’d share with her friends at Eyes on the Dollar
  • Tony at You Only Do this Once want to know if you could live on half of your income
  • Many people automatically opt in to their employer’s stock plan. CF at The Outlier Model isn’t one of those people


If you are new to PET or haven’t gotten a chance to read all the articles in the past, here are few archives you might enjoy.

PET Archives


Friday Links – Spring Is In The Air — 24 Comments

  1. re: Living on half your income – So much of the difficulty is in adjusting fixed expenses. And typically that biggest fixed expense relates to a mortgage, and from the size of the mortgage comes fixed property taxes, homeowners insurance etc. Seems like it is much easier to live at a lower of income if you set up an initial expense that do not stretch your budget quite so much.

  2. We’re suffering from the”pineapple express” here apparently. Something about cold air from Alaska and warm air from Hawaii making for cold rain. Delightful. Half you’re warming up and thanks for the mention!

  3. Thank you so much for the mention. I’m honored! As far as the weather, here in NYC area it has been a mild winter but I am still ready for Spring. Feb. feels like the longest month..always. Go figure! Have a great weekend!

  4. Well here in the UK it has still been pretty cold – hovering just over freezing (0C,32F) particularly when we were in London last week but there have been some better days with blue sky recently and that is a bit more cheery! So here’s to spring!

  5. The temperature has fluctuated here all the way from 13 degrees F all the way to 50 degrees. Gotta love Chicago weather, it can only be described by unpredictable. I hope spring is coming soon, because it’s march and there is still snow on the ground. Doesn’t feel quite like spring yet if you ask me.

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