I hope you enjoy this week’s Five Friday Favorites. Click here to see previous editions!
- Favorite personal finance article/post. I bought my first home (my condo in Cambridge, MA) over three years ago now, and it turned out to be one of the best financial decisions I’ve ever made. I really enjoyed Michelle from Making Sense of Cents’ informative post about the other side of the equation: home selling. She does a great job of covering all phases of the selling process. As a former home buyer, I can personally attest to the importance of things like cleanliness and staging during the selling process. It is amazing how many people can’t look past an ugly couch!
- Favorite non-personal finance article/post. I loved reading about the project that A Beautiful Mess is working on with Habitat for Humanity. ABM purchased, designed and renovated a house that will be given away to a family through their local Habitat for Humanity chapter. What an amazing way to give back to your community! I especially loved seeing the video tour of the completed project. That is one lucky family that gets to live there!
- Favorite thing I did this week. Now that I’m back at work, my “favorite thing I did this week” is going to be a lot more boring. No more trips to the Eiffel Tower or Normandy. Sorry! My favorite thing this week is actually insanely nerdy: I decided that I want to compile a comprehensive price comparison chart for all of the items I regularly buy (food, household items, toiletries, etc.) to make sure that I am getting the best prices. While I did my weekly shopping this week, I took note of the prices and sizes of all the items I usually buy and put them into a spreadsheet when I got home. And I thought it was super fun. Nerd alert!
- Favorite recipe. I am a big fan of Kung Pao Chicken, but for some reason there just aren’t any good Chinese food restaurants around my place in Cambridge. We have about 400 Indian food restaurants but no Chinese, go figure. Anyhow, this recipe from Gimme Some Oven looks amazing. Can’t wait to give it a try!
- Favorite quote. Looking through my billion page list of quotes today, I stumbled across this gem from the one and only (big) Edie Beale. Don’t know who Edie Beale is? You’re missing out! The two Edith Beales, relatives of Jackie O., were the subjects of an amazing documentary called Grey Gardens. They are truly unique women, completely unconcerned with the world outside of their own concoction. Put this on your library request list if you haven’t seen it!
What are some of your favorite things from this week?