Weekend Business and Blog Roundup – Easter

Happy Easter folks 😀 It’s one of my favorite holidays because every year my boss would hide Easter eggs around the office for everyone else to find. I found 2 this year :0)

Cost of Education
13_03_tuitionSo many of my friends both in real life and on the internet are either having, or talking about having children. I don’t see myself having kids for at least another 5 to 10 years, if at all, lol. But a big factor in making big life decisions is money. According to a new study by the Canadian bank BMO, kids born in 2013 could pay $140,000, which includes tuition, food, and housing costs for a 4 year university degree. While inflation was only 1.3% in 2012, tuition fees increased 4.3%. I work part time at a local college and just got a 4% raise last year. So now I know where that extra money came from (^_-) Now I’m torn. I don’t want education to be so expensive, but at the same time I don’t mind getting raises. In any case, to make the best out of the situation I’ve been saving all my raises from my school job and putting them into an educational fund for my possible future children 😀

Back in the Black (Berry)
ht_blackberry_z10_q10__ll_130130_wgBlackberry, which used to be called Research in Motion, made a small 94 million profit on $2.7 billion in sales in their recent quarter. Not bad considering they were losing money last year. Their new z10 phones are doing better than expected. I’m waiting to see how the Q10 will
be received by consumers later this year because that’s the one with the physical qwerty keyboard 🙂 I bought some Blackberry stocks last year around $25/share. Needless to say the company has not done well since then trading at just $15/share now, but maybe they could make a come back. Putting all my eggs in one basket is risky, so that’s why I have Apple and Google stocks as well, the other players in the smartphone market 😀

Blog roundup – Personal finance and other interesting articles from around the web
Myfijourney evaluates Microsoft stock. I’ve been looking at buying some MSFT too
Lifeandmyfinances describes what Savings Bonds are


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Girl Meets Debt (@girlmeetsdebt)
Girl Meets Debt (@girlmeetsdebt)
03/30/2013 10:43 pm

Thank you for including my post! I think it’s awesome your boss hides Easter eggs around the office! That’s too cute 🙂 I hope you have a very Hoppy Easter weekend!

My Financial Independence Journey

Thanks for the mention!

JC @ Passive-Income-Pursuit
03/31/2013 3:12 am

Thanks for the mention! It’s a shame how much college expenses are rising. I think a lot of it is due to the government’s subsidization of education. If there’s more money be earmarked for something, you can guarantee it’s going to get used up.

I was thinking of hiding some eggs around the rig, but never got around to buying any. That’s a great idea though!

Have a great Easter weekend!

03/31/2013 4:34 am

Thanks for the mention! I haven’t used a blackberry in over four years. I may have to go and take a look at the new ones when it comes time to upgrade. I have honestly felt that they were headed towards a shutdown with the apple and android competition. But maybe I’m wrong and there’s some spark left in them yet!

The Frugal Path (@Thefrugalpath)
The Frugal Path (@Thefrugalpath)
03/31/2013 5:38 am

Thanks for the mention. Easter is one my favorite holidays as well. I’m a fan of ham, and it’s one of the times of year that my mother-in-law makes it. Have a great Easter.

03/31/2013 6:22 am

Thanks for mentioning my post!!! I have an old blackberry….and love it!

03/31/2013 7:12 am

Thanks for the pingback! Kids are expensive. Let me be honest. I am a single mom, to a WONDERFUL kid. I love her with all my heart, she is my world. BUT… there are moments in time when I wonder… hmmmmmm… what if I would have?? Then the thought vanishes as she wraps her arms around me. But…. it is something to really consider. Its a lifelong repsonsibility and it rocks your world and your wallet FOR SURE! 😉 def. wait until you have some savings and prepare to use it!

John S @ Frugal Rules
03/31/2013 9:38 am

Thanks so much for the mention, I really appreciate it! Have a Happy Easter!

04/01/2013 6:07 am

Your boss hides Easter eggs?? That is so awesome! Thanks for the mention and I hope you had a good Easter!

04/03/2013 8:18 pm

Thanks for including us – hope you had a great weekend!


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