Friday, November 11, 2011


Interesting discussion of city mouse vs. country mouse over at Get Rich Slowly (the comments are great). I'm definitely a city mouse, although I grew up a country mouse and it wouldn't surprise me if I retire to be a country mouse. Andrea at So Over Debt covered living in a small town last week as well.

Trent has a saving pennies or dollars post today (love that series!) about saving money by driving under the speed limit - and it saves dollars!

Spend your money where you spend your time - so true! Peanut and I have discussed getting some nice computer desks and chairs for our house - we really spend more time there than anywhere else, so we should make sure we're comfortable! Likewise, spend your time AND money where you reap the most rewards - should be a no-brainer but sometimes I need that reminder to let things go.

Money Saving Mom is doing 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life. I'm using my Mondays off for the rest of the year to accomplish a similar goal.

7 Ways to Simplify Your Life from Pick the Brain: I especially like the note about noticing when a task moves from list to list and figuring out if it's really worth doing based on that.

GREAT points on this post about managing vs. micromanaging your money.  I frequently fall into the "micromanaging" category, which takes up more time - and as we all know, time is money.

I read this article about improving home security with great interest. I think a house is much more likely to be broken into than an apartment, so there are some things for me to think about in there.

JD at Get Rich Slowly asks the readers how much money you need before you have kids. Great question - I think you're never truly prepared, but if you know it's something you want in the future, you have to take steps (including saving) to make it easier on your future self.

I want more winter clothes! So this post on how to update your winter wardrobe on the cheap was very well timed. I do need some warmer things, living in such a colder climate, but I don't need to get them new/full price.

I'm thinking of suggesting a Yankee Swap for Christmas with my family. I managed to cancel Christmas last year, because we weren't traveling and I didn't want anyone to ship us anything. This year, all my siblings and our SOs will be together under my parents' roof, so I don't think the idea of canceling all together will fly. But we could draw names and shop that way - fewer gifts to buy, less time spent shopping, more time together. Has anyone else switched to a Yankee Swap for Christmas? How did it go?

If you've read any great posts this week that you'd like to share, please leave them in the comments!

1 comment:

  1. My mom's family has done some form of Yankee Swap for the last 5 or 7 years. The little kids get presents from everyone, and then there is an older kids name draw and an adult name draw. My grandparents always get everyone something small too. It works really well for us! The only drama has been figuring out where to draw the line between "little kid" and old enough to not need presents from everyone, since different kids have different maturity levels...but really, it's been nice for everyone to buy fewer presents and get less junk.


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