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Best of the Rest: Saying Goodbye Edition

This weekend, one of my best friends for the longest time is in town to visit before he moves out of the country for good. We’ve been through a lot together, and it’s definitely tough to come out of college and realize that people go their different directions, but the direction of very far away for a very long time is a litle strange for me.

Instead of sulking and reminiscing this weekend, we’ve got some exciting plans. We’re going golfing on Sunday for the first time together. I own the mini golf courses, but it will be interesting to see how many shots (and balls) it takes me to get to the green. I’m shooting for a 50 for nine holes.

Before going onto a few of my favorite articles this week, I want to highlight a few people who have done a great job of promoting me this week. Neal from Wealth Pilgrim had me over for a guest post which was a lot of fun, and on Friday, I was part of My Next Buck’s Friday Financial Foul Ups series. I pretend that I don’t have any stories of financial mistakes I make, but that’s actually quite far from the truth.

I was linked to in several round-ups, and I’d like to give some love back to Ultimate Money Blog, who’s been a great Yakezie member. Also, I have been part of the Yakezie carnival, most recently two weeks ago at CJ Bowker. Check out Eliminate the Muda for this week’s carnival.

And here are my three favorite articles from this week:

How To Apologize For An Error? Martyr Yourself! @ Financial Samurai

I wish this article didn’t have to end. We’ve all done some stupid stuff, but taking the blame and exaggerating it seems like a great way to not only move past it and avoid being scolded, but maybe gain some sympathy. It’s far worse to be outed later for a mistake than to own up to it when it happens.

Are you Sure you Want to be Your Own Boss? @ Suburban Dollar

Being your own boss sounds like the perfect life of never having to answer to anyone, creating your own hours, and being fairly compensated for your effort. But Joel’s guest post points out some reasons why this type of lifestyle may not be for everyone.

Is a 15 Year Mortgage Financial Suicide? @ Fiscal Geek

Kevin from Out of Your Rut guests posts about the cons of a 15 year mortgage and does a great job of explaining why in the current market, a 30 year mortgage may be beneficial for several reasons. I’m nowhere near buying a house, but when I do, I’ll be sure to look at the interest rates and calculate just how much I’ll be paying per month under both scenarios



  1. Daniel-san,

    Hope you shoot that 50! The way to do it is to always think “5” or “5 strokes” per hole. On par 3’s, if you get a 4, you are UP 1! On par 4s, getting a bogie puts you right on course. After all, 9 holes X 5 = 45, so you got a 4 stroke cushion too!

    I used this mindset when I first started golfing about 15 years ago, and it helped me break 100. 5!

    Thanks for the write-up!



    • @Financial Samurai, I did hit a 4 on one of the par 3s! My problem is getting those consistent drives and then smacking the ball around on the fairway/sorry excuse for grass. As frustrating as it is sometimes, I want to get out there and go again and improve!

  2. Sorry to hear about your friend- my BFF moved to St. Louis last year and it was so sad!

    Thanks for the link love. :)

  3. I’m also sorry your friend is moving away…my husband’s best friend from high school moved a few years ago and didn’t really keep in touch. But, she’s flaky and I’m sure your buddy isn’t, so maybe it’ll give you an excuse to travel. :-)

    Thanks for the links…I love Fiscal Geek’s writing style…yay new daily blog.

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