Something tragic happened recently. My laptop’s charger died. Yes, I may be overdramatic, but this one of my most valued possessions, it serves as my office to manage investments and run this blog, living room to watch movies and listen to music, phone for Skype, and this is where I do 80% of my social interactions, as aside from BF and a few neighbors, most of my friends live in the computer.
It is the kind of thing that makes you realize you live in the middle of nowhere. I checked quickly online, had I been in the US it was just a matter of ordering one for $9 and getting it on the mail the next day. Some friends were going to Miami for the weekend but I didn’t want to overwhelm them with the errand unless I really had to, so I drove 20 miles to the next town to see if someone could fix it. A guy offered to order a new charger from the US for $100. Delivered in 12 working days, the $91 over Amazon price didn’t even include overnight courier. Yeah, sure.
Then another guy offered to fix it. The cable was burnt from the inside, from 3 years of traveling on 4 continents, being carelessly stored at the bottom of a motorcycle pannier and enduring the Guatemalan heat. $10 later, I was on my way with a working charger. Living in the middle of nowhere has its perks, because new things are scarce, so you learn to do without, or fix them. Ordering anything fancy means it has to come at least from Guatemala City, more likely the US. Motor parts for example, are ordered in the US, shipped to Guatemala City then couriered to the North. It can take up to 2 weeks. So in the meanwhile, people improvise. There is a word called “chapus”, which describes a temporary fix that will make the thing work until it breaks again. It describes perfectly the mindset here.
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Now on to the carnival!
Welcome to the 19th edition of the Carnival of Financial Independence, a selection of the best articles related to Financial Independence this week. If you would like to be included next week, please submit your post via Blogger Carnivals. If you would like to host for a future edition, please contact me.
The guidelines are:
- You can submit a post that was published during the last month
- The posts have to relate to reaching financial independence, and fit within the following categories: Savings and Simple living, Travel and Lifestyle, Wealth and Passive income, Real Estate and Investing, or Self employment.
- Submit by Wednesday night for the Saturday edition
- Please mention the carnival in your roundups if you have been featured!
Travel and Lifestyle
Miss T. @ Prairie Eco Thrifter helps you Control Garden Weeds
Anton Ivanov @ Dreams Cash True gives tips on how to Manage Money Like a Pro – Summer Travel Edition
Minimalist @ Minimalist Finance has some Free or Inexpensive Summer Activities To Do With Kids
Little House @ Little House in the Valley discusses her Summer Progress and Goals Update
KK @ Student Debt Survivor does not want an Invite to Your Wedding
Brock Kernin @ Clever Dude is Planning A surprise wedding..and NOT Talking about Finances
Wealth and Passive Income
Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents considers whether you should get rid of all debt for financial independence?
Lazy Man @ Lazy Man and Money reviews the book A Million Is Not Enough
Jason @ Live Real Now hopes you have Improved Your Situation Today and every day.
Money Cone @ Money Cone thinks Life Is Full of Choices. But Some Money Decisions Are Easy!
DW @ Great Passive Income Ideas uses A Residual Income Formula to make money from your blog.
Walt @ My Wealth Desire shares The Truth of Creating Financial Wealth and Its Advantageous Rewards
MMD @ IRA vs 401k Central studies the Roth and Traditional IRA Income Limits
MMD @ My Money Design explains How the Lower Taxes From a Long Term Capital Gain Can Work Into Your Early Retirement Plan.
Robert @ The College Investor wonders if a 401k Rollover Always Make the Most Sense?
Alice @ Hurricanes, Panties & Dollars presents the pterodactyl retirement plan.
Real Estate and Investing
Glen @ Monster Piggy Bank @ Monster Piggy Bank tells the story of The Best Penny Stocks he has Owned
Investor Junkie @ Investor Junkie teaches us how to read a financial statement.
Roger Wohlner @ The Chicago Financial Planner lists 5 Investing Lessons Learned So Far in 2013.
Dividend Growth Investor @ Dividend Growth Investor explains Why most dividend investors never succeed.
Matt Becker @ Mom and Dad Money shows How to Beat 80% of Investors With 1% of the Effort
Mr.CBB @ Canadian Budget Binder has An introduction to investing for beginners.
John S @ Frugal Rules encourages us to Finding Strength in our Lack of Investment Control
Self employment and Career
Dollar @ Easy Extra Dollar lists down tips on how to Make extra money through working from home
Melissa @ Minting Nickels shares ideas to Earn Money Online and Live Like a King
Jessica Moorhouse @ Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses talks about How to Keep Positive While Unemployed
Chris Topher @ This That and The MBA thinks The economy is recovering, hopefully
Ryan @ Cash Money Life lists some Part-Time Jobs that offer Health Insurance Benefits
Alexis @ FITnancials shows how to Turn Your Passions into Profits
Saving and Simple Living
Cash Flow Mantra @ Cash Flow Mantra Sold his Minivan Online and explains how.
Everything Finance @ Everything Finance Blog runs the number on Deep Freezers
to see if you would really save money.
Grand Per Month @ Grand Per Month thinks you can Make a Grand Per Month By Buying in Bulk
Grayson @ Debt RoundUp wonders Why is Prepaid Such a Dirty Word?
CF @ Outlier Model shares her garlic pork shoulder recipe
Jeremy @Modest Money reviews the Discover it credit card.
Adam from Money Bulldog helps you save on kids’ shoes
Thank you for reading, have a great weekend!
PS there were a lot of duplicate submissions, probably due to July 4th, remember you have to submit by Wednesday night for that week’s carnival or your post will be published the next week (and duplicate submissions removed).
Money Cone @ Money Cone lists down The 10 Commandments of Personal Finance