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It’s already one week into the new year, people are returning from vacations, and school is starting up again. The holiday season has come to a close, but here at Invest It Wisely, there is still one active giveaway! Read on to find out more…

Winners of the previous giveaways

I’d like to congratulate the winners of the two most recent giveaways, How to Profit in Gold and Importance of Financial Literacy Education – Get Some Here with Ramit Sethi’s Book, I Will Teach You To Be Rich, which was a guest post by Jesse from Personal Finance Firewall.  He very generously contributed two copies toward the giveaway; thanks Jesse!

Here are the winners of the How to Profit in Gold giveaway:

They were entered for commenting on the book review and for showing interest in learning more about gold. I got the idea of hosting a giveaway directly within the review itself from Jesse, and I think it’s a great way of rewarding the visitors as well as encouraging participation.

Here are the winners of the Importance of Financial Literacy Education – Get Some Here with Ramit Sethi’s Book, I Will Teach You To Be Rich giveaway:

To the winners: I hope that Ramit’s book proves helpful, inspiring, and ultimately useful in shaping your own financial future. Thanks for participating, and thanks again to Jesse from Personal Finance Firewall!

Ongoing giveaways

I am currently giving away a copy of  “Early Retirement Extreme: A philosophical and practical guide to financial independence“ over at Becoming a Renaissance Man: Early Retirement Extreme. To enter, just leave a comment about your own financial dreams and goals, and your thoughts about early retirement, extreme style!

In the Trenches is generously giving away a free online copy of In The Trenches – Financial Survival During Times of Hardship.

The Amateur Financier is giving away a free personal finance magazine subscription to the winner of his giveaway; all you need to do to enter is help him improve his blog, and you have a chance to win!

Posts of the week

How to Win Big Deals – A guest post by Tim of Every Peso Counts, this post is about the importance of consistency and trust.

Becoming a Renaissance Man: Early Retirement Extreme – This is a book review of “Early Retirement Extreme: A philosophical and practical guide to financial independence“, by Jacob Lund Fisker (Early Retirement Extreme). I enjoyed reading the book, and Jacob has challenged me to take a look at my own habits and expenses.

New Year’s Blogging Resolutions – part of the “Coffee Talk” series by First Gen American, I take a look at two resolutions to apply to Invest It Wisely over the new year.

Weekend Reading

Portfolio Objectives for 2011 (Beating The Index)
Mich lays out his portfolio objectives for 2011.
10 Free Ways to Improve Your Mood (Bucksome Boomer)
Bucksome Boomer shares some easy ways to improve your mood, whenever you are feeling a bit down!
2011: What to Watch (Balance Junkie)
Balance Junkie looks at areas to watch in 2011, including China, high debt levels, currency wars, bonds, and the housing markets.
Can Rich People Get to Heaven? (Personal Finance By The Book)
Joe Plemon takes an interesting look at how an excessive attachment to possessions can lead to personal weakness, and asks us about what it means to be “rich”.
Dumb Things People Do Volume IV: Packaging Items Poorly (Everyday Tips and Thoughts)
Everyday Tips shares another funny story about the things that people do, sometimes. :)
Man Tries to Rob a Restaurant With an iPhone (KNS Financial)
I wonder what he was doing with an iPhone if he needed money (or food) so badly that he would try to rob a restaurant!
Stranger in a strange land (Early Retirement Extreme)
Jacob shares some introspection and gives his thoughts on making productive use of one’s 20s and 30s.
The Winners Of The First Yakezie Scholarship (Yakezie)
Yakezie announces the winners of the first Yakezie scholarship!
Truly Inspirational – $600K raised on a street corner (Finance Fox)
Finance Fox shares an inspirational story about a handicapped man who has raised more than $600,000.
What’s Your Magic Number? (My Own Advisor)
My Own Advisor asks if people are saving enough to fund their own retirement.
2010 and the new year
Personal Finance

Thanks to all of my readers and fellow bloggers; I appreciate the support and the feedback!

Video of the week

This is a video about the role of the Fed in the American economy, and the impacts that it has. I found it entertaining, though the video does veer off on a conspiratorial tangent.

Thanks to The Daily Capitalist for sharing.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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Kevin has left the office, and he is currently fighting the rat race by working on his own business. He enjoys exploring unvisited places around the world and gaining new experiences. He believes that by properly managing our energy and time, we can learn to invest our lives wisely.

20 Comments Kevin on Jan 9th 2011

20 Responses to “Weekend Reading: The New Year Begins”

  1. Wow. What a nice variety of articles. I’m honoured to be included. I hope the New Year is treating you well so far! :)

  2. Yikes! I think that’s more reading than I can get done if I sat here all day! Thanks for the great information!

  3. krantcents says:

    Thanks for the inclusion, I really feel encouraged.

  4. What a great roundup, it must have taken you forever!

    Thanks for including 2 of my links Kevin!

  5. Great round up, Kevin! The spread and the way you organized is very nice.

    Thanks for the inclusion.

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  7. Jessica07 says:

    That was seriously the Daddy of all Round-ups! :) Talk about all inclusive… and I got mentioned TWICE (once for the win and once for the MomVesting article). YAY!

    Thanks for taking the time to post all of this up. We’re buckling down for a blizzard, so I’ll be enjoying all the reading material. :)

  8. Thanks for the link love! Glad you enjoyed.

  9. Hey Kevin, that’s a huge carnival and I’m sure took a lot of effort. Thanks for inlcuding my post!

  10. Mike says:

    Thanks for the mention…have a great week.

  11. Thanks for the inclusion Kevin, Loved the Video even though I am not a big fan of conspiracy theory!

  12. Thanks for including me, Kevin. I hope you’re having a great new year so far :)

  13. Hello Kevin, thanks for the link. When you get serious about a roundup, you don’t mess around!

  14. You need to share how you do these round ups so efficiently. You must have a window open while you’re reading articles and cut and paste or something. I read a ton and then think back in my memory to what sticks out. Thanks for including my links btw.

  15. Briana Ford says:

    I’m happy to have won one of the books that everybody’s been talking about. Looking to enter more contests. Thanks for the support!

  16. Little House says:

    Thanks for including me in your roundup!

  17. Kevin says:

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone, and glad you enjoyed the roundup! To those who asked… I do copy/paste links of articles I enjoy and keep them in a Google Docs document so I can update them from everywhere. The actual compiling of the roundup does take quite a bit of time, though… but they are also one of my favorite types of posts to do and share.

  18. Thanks for including me as part of the roundup, and you know I’m a video junkie and give your video of the week a thumbs up.

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