By Amanda Morrall
1) Women and money
The fact that the majority of readers coming to our site and reading my column will likely skip this first link because of the reference to women reinforces the importance of this subject.
I've written before that actually most of the gals I know are better money managers than their fellas but possibly my female demographic reference point is skewed as it includes a successful DIY investment junkie for a mother, a retired (at 42) fund manager, a financial journalist and single mum tracking toward financial freedom in five years.
Given that fact that most women still earn, on average, less for the same job, that their retirement savings are lower, in most cases, than men, that they will outlive their partner (if they still have one after the kids fly the coop) makes it all the more important that women pay closer to attention to the state of their finances.
Forbes money outlines some strategies here for a long and prosperous retirement.
2) High yield, high hopes?
Monevator's co blogger who writes under the name The Investor explains his preference for income oriented investment strategies over a focus on total return and net worth. Good reading for a number of reasons the least of which is a reminder of the range of risks we face as investors both passive and active.
3) Working from home
One of the many perks about the working from home gig is not spending hours of my life stuck in Auckland traffic.
While I still spend a fair bit of driving now as a freelancing yoga teacher and writer, my times behind the wheel are mostly outside of peak hours so I can minimise the road rage.
Working from home isn't for the highly social or those lacking in self discipline but it's an excellent way to make extra money using computer based skills and know how. Moneyning.com offers 12 work from home ideas in the following blog.
4) Daily habits to enrich your balance
Jillian Berien Davi, a "transformational money coach" and founder of a service called Abundant Finances in the US guest blogs for the Get Rich Slowly website on five daily habits she used to get out of debt and into a winning savings position on an accelerated basis.
Always carrying cash is one of her tips as is checking her account activity daily. See her full five step programme here.
5) Calculating your retirement needs
There are different methods and schools of thought for how to calculate require retirement savings. Canadian financial advisor and money writer Jim Yih outlines three basics ways to target retirement savings without getting lost in the financial fog.
Like what you've read? You'll enjoy the book better. Here's how to order a copy of Amanda's book Money Matters: Get your Life and $ Sorted. The book is also available in ebook format as well via Amazon and is replete with hyper links to help you get your finances in order.