I read a heap of really great personal finance blog posts every week. On occasion I do miss a great post (I’m only human), but I normally find that over the weekend I am able to catch up on most of them. I do this by visiting peoples Friday weekly round up posts. I have found that this can be a great way to discover hidden personal finance blogs, which can sometimes turn out to be absolute gems.

Unfortunately for me, I find that many blog owners go a little overboard on the weekly links, and I feel that some really great posts can get missed due to all the link noise surrounding them.

So I have decided I will do the hard work for you and post only the best of the best posts or news articles that I have read throughout the week. I’m going to keep the number of pool room featured posts to a maximum of 5 per week, as I don’t want my readers missing out on those must read articles.


What’s this Pool Room stuff about?

As my subscriber base consists of only 2 Australians, many of you will have no idea what the title of my post is all about – so I’ll endeavour to explain.

There is an Australian movie called “The Castle” which is a bit of an Aussie favourite. The movie is a story about the Kerrigan’s family and the battle to keep their house from being demolished to make room for an airport expansion. The movie delves into what it means to be Australian, and bases much of the plot on the idea that a man’s home is his castle.

Now I’m not going to lie, it’s hardly a big budget block buster film, and I suspect that many people outside of Australia won’t understand some of the “in jokes” which are littered throughout the movie, but if you have a spare 83 minutes you could do a lot worse than watching this.

Anyway, getting to the point – The Kerrigan’s are a simple family and thus they appreciate some things in life that many people take for granted. When they do have something treasured they will say “That’s going straight to the pool room!“, what that means is that it is worthy of treasuring and that it needs to be promoted into the pool room to be put on display.



The inaugural Pool Room Posts

1st Place

1st Place this week goes to John over at Frugal Rules with his post regarding the Fiscal cliff titled – (Should We Really be Concerned About the Fiscal Cliff?). Seeing as most readers of my blog are American, this is the type of post you need to be thinking about with the up and coming elections.

In case you aren’t fully aware of the dire situation the USA is in these 2 websites may help you visualise just how bad the problem is


2nd Place

2nd Place is a post at Work Save Live by guest blogger Todd. It’s a great article titled – (Boys Becoming Men: It Doesn’t Happen On Accident)

I found that I was able to easily relate to this post as many of my friends are 30 going on 16 and I feel they may never grow up…


3rd Place3rd and finally – I really enjoyed another guest post from Kate, this time over at Lauren’s website with (Top 10 Money Saving Tips I Learned from my Grumpy Father-in-Law) It contains a heap of great saving tips which I think everyone would benefit from (although I choose to skip number 9 because I love my Ricky puppy!).


I hope you enjoy the posts mentioned above as much as I did.

For next week – If you think you have a top post and you want to make sure I see it, be sure to leave a comment somewhere on my blog and include the link in the Comment Luv section. I make sure I check every blog owners page if they have left me a comment on my blog, so that’s a sure fire way to ensure I see your blog post.


Have a great weekend all πŸ™‚