Saturday marks the autumn equinox. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “The word equinox comes from the Latin words for ‘equal night.’ The fall and spring equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the sun crosses the celestial equator.”
In other words, Saturday is the first day of fall. Personally, I am thrilled as the fall and spring are incredible here in Austin. Our days of 100-plus degree heat appear to be past us, but it’s still a little toasty. Fall brings glorious days regularly in the 60s and 70s. Not too hot, not too cold.
It’s also a great time of year for me financially. My summer travel is over, so I’m able to start putting more money back into savings rather than spending it on airfare and taxis. It’s also well before the holidays, which are always a financial drain.
My rent goes up slightly next month (a trend in Austin right now) and my cable TV and Internet bill just went up, so it’s great timing that I don’t have any huge expenses right now. I just have to remember to start socking away some money now for Christmas and Hanukkah, because I know they will be here in a flash, and I don’t want to end up with credit card debt!
What time of year do you feel the most financially secure? You can feel more secure year-round with these great tips and articles from personal finance bloggers this week.
1. Boomer & Echo compare the costs and lifestyle of living in the city versus the suburbs.
2. Finance Fox explains how to deduce whether daily deals are actually deals that save you money.
3. Enemy of Debt questions whether you should buy an iPhone5, especially if it’s just to keep up with the Joneses.
4. Couple Money discusses how to come up with financial goals with your partner and how to make them come to fruition.
5. Million Dollar Journey offers eight tips for college students on how to be debt-free as soon as possible.
6. Mr. & Mrs. Not Made of Money explain how to check your credit score and how to boost it.
7. The Financial Blogger discusses why he’s having trouble staying motivated on his debt pay-off plan and is going to take a break from obsessing over it.
8. Steadfast Finances explains what you need to know if you plan to hire a financial planner.
9. Simple Finance Blog compares the advantages and disadvantages of chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcies.