Sunday, October 14, 2007

International Blog Cup!

Looks like someone decided to create a contest for the worlds best blogs @ the "International Blog Cup." It looks like a public voting system that starts with 32 blogs that have been nominated for the competition. It goes through 5 rounds of voting to find the best international blog. You can see a visual of it on the left, click pic.

Many of the blogs I'm not very familiar with. But maybe some of them are your favorites. Some blogs I know in the running... boing boing, problogger, life hacker, perezhilton, seth godin, and the consumerist. The voting is down to the quarterfinals with 8 blogs. Voting for this stage will be open from 10/10 to 10/15. Go vote!

An International Look At Weekly Food Expenses...

I'm sure most of you out there are familiar with how much your friends and family spend per week on food. But have you ever been curious what someone from another country spends?

I came across an interesting post that highlights a book called "Hungry Planet - What the world eats." It's written by Peter Menzel, and it shows what families from around the world buy, and how much they spend per week on food.

It ranges from a family in Germany that spends an unbelievable $500 per week, to a Sudanese refugee family spending only $1.23! The post has everything set up pretty well with pictures of the family, and what they've bought. It's worth a look...

Saturday, October 06, 2007

A Day Late, And $39 Dollars Short!

One day late with last months credit card payment and they charge me $39.00! Plus a $10 finance charge to boot. $49 is too costly a mistake for being a day late when I've been a long standing customer. A quick phone call and I was able to get the late fee waived, but not the finance charge. Oh well, I guess that's the price to pay for convenience, easier budgeting and various rewards...

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

October Net Worth...

My, my, how time does fly! It's been almost 2 months since my last post! I'm going to try to at least keep our net worth posts consistent. I can't believe I missed a month. One missed net worth calculation missed in the past 1.5 years, not bad I guess.

With our son being 5 1/2 months old now, it's been kind of busy around here. Plus we've been doing a little updating to our condo to help the resale value. Doing a little painting here, replacing a vanity mirror there, we hope to put it on the market sometime in the near future.

With my wife back to work part time, we've been doing surprisingly well the past couple of months. We've made a 6.57% ( $10,835.43 ) increase since our last net worth which was early August. That comes to a new net worth of $175,636.87. I think it could be due to the record amount of overtime I've been putting in this year. Though I'm not sure how much longer it will last, things have been getting a bit rocky at my wife's job since their business hasn't been doing so well as of late. We'll just have wait and see...