The last several weeks have been tough and/or busy for us in several ways: the passing of our dog, Thanksgiving, a 4 day business trip combined with ongoing busyness at the office, the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas, and — as if that wasn’t enough — preparations for the soon-to-be imminent arrival of Child #2.
So, for my trickle of posts at this space over the last couple of weeks, I apologize. I give a lot of credit to all the bloggers out there with bigger families than mine who are posting something every day — sometimes on multiple topics and several blogs. In any event, I want you all to know that I have neither forgotten about, nor abandoned my desire to write about personal finance topics. So while the near-term schedule really doesn’t show any signs of lightening up, I pledge to at least post more often than I have been.
Now, to get back into the swing of things, I would offer links to several articles that I have been collecting over the last few months:
Juan’s Happy Wife posts here about the economics of home schooling.
Here’s an interesting article that claims an inverse relationship between the age of retirement and ultimate lifespan. Yikes… I think I’ll retire next week!
Yesterday Boston.com had an analysis that was right up my alley in determining whether it made more sense to borrow from a 401k for a down payment on a house versus paying Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI).
The New York Times had an article on why it’s temping to want to switch to cash, but that risks remain in that strategy.
Lastly, the Wall Street Journal ran a story banks that pay credit card holders to pay off their balances.