Welcome back to Sweet Savage Love, it’s where I share some of my favourite posts from around the web and recommend my favourite cheezy romance book this week. Cringe-worthy? Sure. But that’s fun too. Okay, here goes:
My Posts from This Week
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Hayley, my favourite English extraordinaire from A Disease Called Debt, talks about keeping calm and carrying on* with her Emotional Stages of Debt: Acceptance post this week. She shares that acceptance is the first step towards debt freedom and offers some good observations about the pitfalls of ruminating on your past mistakes.
*Hayley, my deepest apologies for the terrible English ‘keep calm and carry on’ cliche. Sometimes these things are just too hard to resist. I’m weak when faced with a good cliche. So shamefully weak….
Greg from Control Your Cash continues to challenge the status quo with his latest post 5 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Tips. Please don’t click on this link expecting any kind of Valentine tips whatsoever, it’s a bait and switch with a sarcastabitch slap to the face finish. If you can get past the first few sentences of intelligence insulting and intentional alienation, he introduces us to married couple Bethany Soule and Danny Reeves. What’s so interesting about them? They applied Game Theory and Behavioural Economics to their relationship and commodified the “give and take” interactions in their marriage. Don’t want to do the dishes? Pay your partner $17 to do it.
When I first read it, I hated it. Then I read it again and found the concept a little intriguing. Read it, it’ll make you think even if you disagree with it.
Retire Before Dad posts an excellent article Strive to Wake Up and Do Nothing (with your finances). He urges us to streamline our lives after we’ve set up our passive income streams and built our portfolios. Don’t like managing your rental properties? Contract a property management company to do it for you. Peer-2-Peer Lending investor? Automate that with options like Lending Club Prime. Clear out the “make work” projects to make room for what you really want to do. I think this is valuable at any stage of life – find ways to pass on the meh and make your passions the priority.
James from Retirement Saavy shares his numbers in The Value of My Retirement Portfolio post. This former US Army member started building his portfolio by contributing to his Roth IRA in 2000. Fourteen years and $400,000 later, this two time author and his wife have a substantial portfolio and two properties to show for it. Awesome. I’ll definitely be reading more.
And to finish up my list, here’s the best way I’ve heard to spend Valentine’s Day this year and it’s not because it’s cheap. Check out Alexa’s Cheap and Easy Valentine’s Dinner for Kids on Single Mom’s Income.
Sweet Savage Love: To Tempt a Viking
I’ve always felt that Vikings were under-represented in the romance world. They didn’t seem to have the same good press that highland warriors and wild west cowboys seemed to get everywhere. Thankfully, Michelle Willingham has started the important journey to correcting this terrible injustice, observe:
SHE’S TESTING HIS RESOLVE!
Warrior Viking Ragnar Olafsson stood by as his best friend claimed the woman he desired the most. There was only one way to quench the deep darkness within him—become merciless in battle.
When Elena is taken captive, fearless Ragnar risks everything to save her. Now they are stranded with only each other for company. Suddenly every longing, every look, every touch is forbidden. Elena could tempt a saint—and sinner Ragnar knows he won’t be able to hold out for long!
Resist them if you can!