TGIF Round Up: Taking it easy edition

Whew … our crazy month isn’t even half over and I’m already tired.

We had a fantastic time with Tony’s parents. The weather was absolutely beautiful last weekend. We spent Sunday afternoon at a local winery. We tasted some wine, strolled the grounds, and enjoyed the warmth and sunshine.

I had to go back to work on Monday, but Tony took them to the beach and to see several local sights on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Evenings were spent visiting and eating delicious dinners. We were sad to see them go on Wednesday morning.

This weekend we’re taking a much needed rest. We’ll need it to prepare for what comes next. We have more visitors coming to town next weekend. They’ll leave Monday morning, and I’ll board a plane to New York City for a business trip. I’m looking forward to all of it, but I’m not used to this much excitement!

And now my favorite posts from other bloggers this week:

  • Free From Broke asks is an 8- to 12-month emergency fund necessary in this economy? I think the recession has changed many people’s saving habits. Our ultimate goal is an 8-month emergency fund, but at this point we’re just amassing liquid savings as quickly as possible.
  • Paid Twice is reevaluating goals and getting back on track after a tough start to the year. When life gets overwhelming, sometimes it helps to take a step back and get back in tough with your goals.
  • Almost Frugal discusses the financial future of her children. After growing up during this recession, I have a feeling the next generation will come to view money differently than we did. At least that’s my hope.
  • My Two Dollars doesn’t understand the allure of designer clothing. Neither do I. I’d love to be fashionable, but I just can’t imagine spending that kind of money on clothing. (And to be completely honest, I think most designer fashions are kind of ugly.)
  • Sense to Save plans to live like she’s in a permanent recession. While I’m looking forward to the end of the recession, I’ll continue to live frugally, spend less than we earn, and save money. Hopefully it will just be a little easier in a booming economy. :)

I’m off to rest. Happy Friday!

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