Here we are again, for your fortnightly roundup of the best posts in the blogosphere on issues of ethics, values, and personal finance. I like this bunch a lot-- okay, I like every edition's posts a lot!-- so without further ado, here are my favorite:
- In What Would You Do For Money? at Rich Minx, Travel Minx has a short but sweet post asking about just what we think is worth doing for money.
- In Deep, Weighty Money Decisions at My Open Wallet, Madame X, in her wonderful, entertaining style, tells the story of a few mornings in her life. She described the post as "Sometimes a banana is not just a banana" but I think the issue is really that "sometimes a penny is not just a penny"! How important is "doing the right thing" when only small amounts are at stake?
- In He Called It The Skyhook Theory at RealEstateUndressed, Larry Cragun tells the story of a professor of his who urged business students to have something greater than daily tasks, a higher goal than money to hang onto-- a skyhook.
- In 10 rules for corporate social responsibility at Sox First, Leon Gettler lays out some standards of what CSR means and how you can tell companies are genuinely implementing them.
Family, Friends, Money, and Values
- In Awkward Family Money Situations at Easy Change, Easy Change discusses the obligations and responsibilities between family members of generations and different economic status.
- In Double Standards When It Comes To Money With Friends and Family at AL6400 Blog - Business and Finance, Alan tackles the complicated issues of loaning money and repayment between friends and family members.
- In Happy Birthday from HubCap Heaven at Money Changes Things, Betsy Teutsch talks about what makes gifts meaningful, for both givers and receivers.
- In Couples: Joint or Separate Bank Accounts at On Careers and Life, Jane Chin talks about the implications of joint and separate bank accounts between couples, especially those with disparate incomes or with only one doing paid work.
- In Confronting the Joneses at Grad Money Matters, ISPF writes about coming to terms her own feelings of not measuring up to the Joneses, and that it all comes down to people's individual choices and tradeoffs.
- In Free Up 2,000 A Month - Easily at Personal Finance Blog Articles, Eric Stanley gives some examples of that familiar values question, what will you sacrifice to be frugal and spend less money?
- In The Only Way to Solve Money Problems - Name it and Claim it at Creating Abundant Lifestyles, Wanda Grindstaff suggests we focus on the positive and our goals rather than the negative and our problems.
- And In the "Blink" of an Eye at Buy Outside the Box is only vaguely connected to money issues, but I like Ruth Mitchell's discussion of combining paying attention to your gut and intuition with working to validate and back-up those first inclinations.
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