Hi, Happy Presidents Day!

I hope you’ve enjoyed your day – be it an extra day off from work or your “typical” Monday. We had snow again in Virginia, and I took a long walk, enjoying the extra quietness and calm that rarely seems to happen in Northern Virginia.

My “Is Rent a Waste of Money?” post was one of my most popular posts and received a lot of positive feedback – thank you so much! I’m glad you found it helpful. Some people shared specific examples from their lives and those they know including $20,000 in unexpected maintenance costs during their first few years of home ownership and significant termite damage discovered after purchase (and costing tens of thousands of dollars in repairs).

Home ownership can be a great thing – just be sure you do it for the right reasons, think through the process, and prepare for unexpected, additional expenses.

Thanks again for your feedback – and questions that help shape future posts!

One of the podcasts I listen to sometimes has each of the co-hosts share “one cool thing” at the end of the episode. I like the idea, so here’s my list of a few cool things I’ve particularly enjoyed recently:

  1. I posted my February edition of What I’m Reading. This post features some of my favorite fiction books.
  2. If you’re not watching The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story on FX, I highly recommend it.
  3. As an update to my post about podcasts, I’m enjoying Rolling Stone Magazine’s new podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now. (Tip: The new Rihanna album is pretty good.)
  4. Also in podcast news, there is a podcast from a couple of years ago – it’s 15 episodes only – that features highlights from Seth Godin’s 3-day startup school with entrepreneurs just starting their creation and implementation process. If you want to start your own business, learn more about marketing, and/or just think in new ways I recommend listening to Seth Godin’s Startup School.
  5. Finally, if you need really direct, in your face advice about how to spend less and save more, meet one of my favorite financial bloggers, Mr. Money Mustache. That’s where I learned about Fishback Tax, “the $100 CPA tax firm.”

I hope some of these “cool thing” recommendations may be helpful and interesting to you.

What cool thing are you into lately? Thanks for sharing!

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