Money Roundup: Be a Great Holiday Host, Be Prepared in Case You Lose Your SmartPhone or Laptop, and More

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The weekly roundup never goes on holiday (well, it would if it fell right on Christmas).  Here’s the week’s personal finance news you can use from around the Web.

Last-Minute Gift Doesn’t Have to Be Costly (USA TODAY).  Shopping in a hurry often leads to overspending, but not if you follow this advice.

5 Tips for Being a Fabulous Holiday Host (Main Street).  Got company staying with you over the holidays?  Here’s how to keep ‘em happy while keeping your sanity.

10 Myths About Job Hunting During a Recession (US News).  Feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle in your job search?  Don’t let these falsehoods hold you back.

Year-End Reality Check: 71 Percent of Americans Don’t Have a Retirement Plan (Financial Planning).  A good place to start is with this simple retirement calculator.

5 CD Dos and Don’ts (Bankrate).  I’d add one more “do” to this list: Do consider a credit union when shopping for a CD, including my long-time sponsor, Christian Community Credit Union, which offers better rates than I believe you’ll find anywhere else.

And from the blogosphere…

15 Dynamo DIY Projects That Cost Less Than $20 (Apartment Therapy).  Thanks to my wife, Jude, for bringing this one to my attention.  Some great, inexpensive ways to spruce up your home.  Rug painting, anyone?

The Top 10 Best and Worst Communicators of 2011 (Ragan’s HR Communication).  Great communication skills are essential for excelling on the job and in life.  There’s a lot to be learned in studying the best…and the worst.

Free Apps To Help You Recover a Lost Phone or Laptop (Clark Howard).  With so much important information stored on our digital devices, we can’t afford to lose them.  Here’s how to put them on an electronic leash.

25 Ways to Make This the Best Christmas Season Ever (Pick The Brain).  Hat tip to Trent at The Simple Dollar, where I saw a link to this post.  It’s not too late to incorporate some of these great ideas.  Or, if you read this after Christmas, there’s always next year.

A Peace That Transcends Understanding (Matt About Money).  As with last week’s roundup, I thought a post from the Christmas archives would be in order.  This one certainly speaks to me this year.  I hope it does to you as well.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful Christmas. And to my Jewish readers, Happy Hanukkah.

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Categories: Faith & Finances, Saving/Investing, Smart Spending

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