Thursday, April 17, 2008

Link roundup: Birthday edition

I actually forgot it was my birthday for several hours today, long enough for my boss to completely surprise and embarrass me for the second day in a row (I'm not sure if she got the days mixed up or intended to do something yesterday; she was supposed to be out of the office today). So far, it's been a pretty nice day, though, and the weather is gorgeous, which I feel is like a personal gift.

Some interesting things I've read today:

From The Simple Dollar: How Much Money is Walk-Away-From-It-All Money? Trent examines three scenarios in which you'd need a big slush fund (cold career change, extended drop out of the workforce, and never work again). All of these could be achieved with a large enough emergency fund, but that's definitely not what my emergency fund is intended for. I've changed careers once, and I think I've really found the one that fits me. I can't imagine wanting to quit working right now. The money I've set aside is in case my apartment burns down, or I get laid off, or I get very sick and can't work. I'm fully expecting to use it for more minor things, like last-minute travel home for a death in the family or a broken leg from getting hit by a crazy taxi driver. Maybe some day I'd expand it to actually be my income for a time, but I don't see that happening for a while.

From the April 15 Festival of Frugality, I stumbled on Broke? Bad Credit? Yes, It's Your Fault! at Amateur Asset Allocator and If You Don't Need It, It's Not a Great Deal at Know the Ledge. It hink the theme for both these posts is Personal Responsibility: Don't Sign Something You Can't Understand and Don't Spend Money Without Stopping to Think "Do I REALLY Need This?"

Also, I'm glad to know that I'm not alone in being overrun with toiletries. Meg at All About Appearances details her struggle to declutter lotions, shampoos, and all those other things you're never going to use but feel bad about throwing away. This reminds me: I have lots of free samples building up, so it's time to do some pampering!


  1. Thanks for the link and happy birthday!

  2. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the link -- it's great to know that I'm not the only one. Here's to a day of pampering!


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