Friday Night Highlights Vol 18

Friday Night Highlights

Welcome to this weeks edition of the Friday Night Highlights, where I search the personal finance blogging world to bring you interesting articles you may have missed.

Did you miss last week’s Friday Night Highlights? Not to worry, you can catch up with one click.

Here is what you missed from last week:

  1. The mortgage interest deduction is so last year.
  2. I see Sam, Sam has enough.
  3. Marc paid off his mortgage in 4 years. Here’s how?

Welcome To This Week’s Friday Night Highlights

  • Top Money Hacks drops 10 tips to show, I love you, without going broke.
  • Seller At Heart says, stay away from Acons investing app.
  • A Dime Saved tells us how a budget saved their marriage.

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10 Creative yet Cheap Ways To Celebrate Valentine’s Day When On A Budget

Valentines Day Spending is expected to hit a record in 2019. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $161.96 dollars trying to show that “special someone” how much they are loved.

The blog, Top Money Hacks shares 10 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a budget.

I know Valentines Day was yesterday, but if you are like my wife and me, a Thursday is just another work day. We plan to take and I-owe-you and celebrate Valentines Day the following weekend. Read More→

Acorns Investing Review: Stay Away From This App


Financial technology apps seem to be popping up on a daily basis. Each app with a new clever way to get you to save more. I love the trend, but it is the fine print you need to pay attention to.

Acorns is not new but I have not heard many critical reviews. I have always stayed away from this “rounding up” app due to what I thought were excessive fees.  After reading the Acorns review from the blog Seller At Heart, my suspicions are confirmed. Read More→

* For the beginner investor fees can chew away at your return. For small dollar stock investments I have found no better method than buying a Total Stock Market Index Fund directly from the broker Vanguard or Schwab. If you don’t like that idea, the second best option is inside of Robinhood trading app that has $0 trading commision.  

I wrote my own review of Robinhood Brokerage. You can read the full review here.

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How Budgeting Saved My Marriage

Marriage and money is hard, like soggy tears hard. Seldom do two people wed with the same money values. Typically one leans more to spending while the other leans more towards savings.

Ironically these differing money values do not rear their ugly heads until you have burdened your finances with a couple cars, a new home and a couple of children. Under that type of finacial stress, the cracks start to appear.

Many people misunderstand a budget as a restrictive way to bridle out of control spending. Really, a budget frees you to spend money on budget categories you value.

If coffee from the corner bistro is your thing, a budget frees you to make that purchase.

The blog, A Dime Saved, reveals how starting a budget after the financial stress of having children, helped save their marriage. Read More→


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