It’s Saturday Share Day – Week #9
It’s a “we just got back from being on the road again” edition of the Saturday Share Day! On Monday, my daughter found out that she had a graduate school interview in West Virginia on Friday! She could have done a Skype interview, but we decided we wanted to see the campus again – and that showing up might really matter.
We can’t be sure yet, but she thinks the interview went well – and they were impressed with her commitment to come back to campus (a 12 hour round-trip drive). Our hope is that she will get accepted and get some funding too! Two interviews in two states in two weeks…but she should know where the next two years of her life will be spent soon! We’re also waiting on my son’s acceptances to undergraduate colleges and the financial aid packages too!
You can see how we’ll use the decision-matrix to make the final college decisions. I will update this (and add West Virginia) in the next few weeks – in time for the big decisions! A few week’s are left on this wild ride, so we’ll just keep hanging on…
I’m still working full-time at my “not so temporary” job as a school administrator. My colleague who has been out on maternity leave for 3 months is supposed to return next week – and we can’t wait! We’ve been covering for her with no other support and it has been a real challenge. My side gigs (online teaching & our rental business) also ramped up this week! They enrolled over 40 students in one of my online courses. Lot’s of meet and greet emails and communication with schools – which tripled the hours I normally put in for this job.
And we had a tenant ask to get out of her lease 6 months early because she inherited a house. We could have fought her on it, but that doesn’t help anyone. It was a few hours of work to place ads, respond to emails and set up showings. We think we are set with a new tenant now though – at $25 more per month. A win-win is worth it, so we always strive for that.
I wasn’t able to write any of my own posts this week because of how busy I have been! I strive to put first things first and writing didn’t make it into the busy schedule. But I did read some great blog posts this week and have a few to share. I’m still working those habits and sharing helps others! (And for those of you who’ve read or done any work with Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – yes, we studied this in my Educational Leadership coursework. It definitely applies to many areas of life – not just work!)
I’ll be back next week to share the rush we felt after we made the decision to start cleaning out one room in our house. Simplifying is helping us smile (and see $$$) – all the way to the bank!
- Brian and his wife are sending twins off to college in the fall. Check out his post on the cost of seniors. You millennial readers might decide to start banking more money for your kids after reading his post!
- I’m sending Mr. MSD over to check out Amanda’s meal planning post from this week! He’s taken over all of the cooking at home since I’ve been buried with work. We’re working on efficiency and simplifying meal planning right now. Fewer meal decisions saves time and energy for the big life decisions we’ll be making the next few months!
- Apathy Ends wrote a great post on Math vs. Emotions in financial decision making. (Yea, he had me with just the title on that one!) If you have to make financial decisions with a spouse or partner (or even with your kids), check out the process AE uses to help make those tough calls.
- Speaking of tough calls, Michael over at Stretch a Dime recently had to decide on taking a first class upgrade or getting a travel voucher. What would you decide? (I side with Michael on this one – putting first things first again!)
- I’ve written about our Florida vacation condo and our plan to snowbird in the near future. Financial Slacker found an awesome mountain vacation home that he wanted and could afford – but he didn’t buy it! He credits that decision to starting his blog and writing about personal finance. An interesting read for sure!
- I think Sam would agree about the benefits of writing a blog! Check out his post from this week (and all the comments) – Why Blogging is the Best Business in the World. I read Financial Samurai because of the depth Sam goes into in each post (and his humor too!) Check out the follow-up post about the Dunning-Kruger effect and delusion too. (And congrats to Sam – who just started coaching and lead his tennis team to a great victory last week! Does it surprise you that Sam’s players are winners already? Probably not!)
- My favorite post of the week was Physician on Fire’s post – She Chose Me. If you haven’t read it, you should. I wouldn’t have it any other way either. And as I was getting ready to post this share-out today, PoF shared the news of his collaboration with the White Coat Investor. Covey’s Habit 6 – Synergy at its finest! They have this African Proverb figured out…
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.