It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of my personal updates as well as some of the more interesting things going on around the interwebs. I’ll take today’s post to get you up to speed.
Recent Local Blogger Meetup
I recently had the opportunity to meet another personal finance blogger that lives in my area. Jason from One Money Design and I met at our local library to discuss blogging, finance, life, and generally just get to know each other. I had a great time and enjoyed getting to meet someone from the online world in “real” life. You can learn more about Jason by visiting his blog (www.onemoneydesign.com), signing up for his free updates, and by following him on twitter (@onemoneydesign).
New Auto Insurance Policy
While I was doing some searching for life insurance (Yes, I’m still in the process of getting life insurance. Almost done though. I promise.), I stumbled upon a nice auto insurance deal from a professional organization that I’m a member of. I ran a quote with GEICO and was pleasantly surprised. I’m going to sound like a commercial here, but “I saved a bunch of money by switching to GEICO.” A word of caution to those who may be considering a similar move: be sure you compare the old policy and the new one side-by-side to ensure you’re getting the same coverage. My new policy has the same coverage AND it’s around $200 less per six months.
Blog Updates (if you care)
You may have noticed the subtle branding changes I’ve made to the blog. I’m moving away from the “Prime Time Money” name and simply going with “PT Money”. With the url being ptmoney.com, I just thought it made sense to make things concise and just go with the one name. But just because the name is changing, it doesn’t mean the focus is now all on me, PT. The goal will still be to provide you with content that’s of interest to you, first and foremost. Contact me if you’d like to discuss a particular topic, or if you have a story to share.
I’m happy to report that the side-income that I’m able to produce from the site has really been strong lately. In a future post I’d like to share how I make a bit of extra money from the blog. I occasionally let myself think of one day making a full-time living from this site, but realistically that’s still a few years away. David from Money Under 30 recently shared his story of becoming a full-time blogger. A great read if you’re into that kind of thing.
In other news…I’m a bad@ss. Well, at least my blog is. The fine folks at this Australian Credit Card website listed PT Money as on of the Top 25 Badass Personal Finance Blogs. Very cool list of friends, as well as some pretty sweet caricatures of some of us. Check out my bling, yo.
Does it look like me?
More Interesting Links
Jeff from Good Financial Centsshared a guest post over at WiseBread discussing how to do a background check prior to hiring your financial advisor.
Joe from Personal Finance by the Book wrote about the traditional vs Roth IRA. Check it out and decide which is best for you.
Patrick from Cash Money Life put together a solid guide on opening a Roth IRA and selecting a custodian.
Mr. Free Stuff put together an extremely helpful list of 101 restaurants where kids eat free. Little Miss PT isn’t old enough to be taking advantage of this freebie yet, but you can sure bet we’ll hold on to this list for future reference.
Stew over at Gather Little by Little went into the details of how he uses sub-accounts in Capital One 360.
PBS is airing series of videos called Your Life, Your Money, designed to teach young adults financial literacy. I haven’t watched the videos in their entirety, but they look well produced (includes some Donald Faison (from Scrubs fame) commentary).
RC from Think Your Way to Wealth breaks down the recent government initiatives to increase retirement savings. The consensus seems to be that these are very positive actions.
Ron from the The Wisdom Journal shares 12 great father and son outings for less that $50.
Lastly, Baker from Man vs Debt lists 42 ways to radically simplify your financial life.