Living with credit

It was 40 years ago today, that The Beatles chose last to play

Emily Crone

On this day in 1969, the world’s most popular band, The Beatles, gave their final public performance. The show was held in London, on the roof of the band’s Apple Studios. The concert ended early when police shut it down due to noise complaints from neighbors. While the band broke up, their music has lived on to be legendary. In this week’s roundup of the best posts in the personal finance blogosphere, we celebrate the songs of The Beatles.

Ludwig Drum Co. President Bill Ludwig and his daughter Brooke present Beatle Ringo Starr with a gold-plated drum set before the band's September 1964 show in Chicago.
Ludwig Drum Co. President Bill Ludwig and his daughter Brooke present Beatle Ringo Starr with a gold-plated drumset before the band’s September 1964 show in Chicago

1.  MoneyNing offers a list of 40 ways to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft. If you do become a victim, cancel all your cards immediately and call your bank and tell them “We Can Work It Out.”

2. Lynnae at Being Frugal ponders whether debt incurred from social lending is considered good debt or bad debt. Social lending is risky, but really allows consumers to “Come Together.”

3. Speaking of social lending clubs, Free Money Finance conducts an interview with Lending Club and gets the answers to some frequently asked questions. Based on this interview, I wonder if I should introduce some social lending “In My Life.” It sounds like you can make a pretty nice profit with those interest rates!

4. Bargaineering recommends that readers spend credit card reward points right away, before they become completely worthless. If you don’t have a “Ticket to Ride” now, you should consider booking one before those points diminish.

5. No Debt Plan reminds readers that getting out of debt takes a budget, commitment and hard work. It may be “A Hard Day’s Night” after all those efforts, but it will be worth it when you’re debt-free.

Limited edition Beatles giclee on canvas by Tampa artist David O'Keefe
Limited edition Beatles print on canvas by Tampa artist David O’Keefe

6. The Digerati Life explains how to assess your debt situation by offering step-by-step instructions on finding your debt-to-income ratio. Don’t “Let it Be” — take charge and get your finances in order.

7. Steven at Freakanomics discusses a new Web site that allows you to see how much merchants are paying in credit card fees in order to accept your plastic. There’s no way the credit card companies would be caught singing  “You Never Give Me Your Money” about this!

8. Frugal Dad explains the importance of conducting a credit card audit on yourself to find out if you really know where your debt is coming from. If you can figure this out and tackle that debt, “Baby You’re a Rich Man.” Well, you might be.

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  • Thank you Emily, for these resources. I absolutely love the Beatles. I love the creative theme — Let It Be is one of my favorite songs from their collection. Funny, I can sing pretty much all the songs you mention even without a lyrics sheet (big fan). 🙂