Sunday, December 4, 2011


This reader's story at Get Rich Slowly really tugged at my heartstrings. I unexpectedly lost a friend in childbirth over the Thanksgiving holiday, and I worry about her husband and how he's handling the practical aspects of her death, as well as coming to terms with his grief and suddenly being a single parent to twins. In her memory, I have started creating an In Case of Emergency file so that, should something horrible happen to me or Peanut, our families will at least have access to information about how to deal with the day-to-day things.

A year-end financial self-audit is a really good idea - and here's a great breakdown for how to do it step-by-step.

Interesting barstool analogy of how taxes work. I think the bigger problem we have is that the tax system is inherently broken, particularly with regard to the way corporations are treated.

Um, this is kind of scary - most honey on grocery store shelves isn't really honey.

Get Rich Slowly has the best books about money! This is a great list.

Buy your groceries and other things "European style" - as you need them, instead of the American habit of buying in bulk. Things I'll continue to buy in bulk: frozen chicken, nuts, canned soups, toilet paper. Things I prefer to buy as I need them: toiletries (no CVS game here!), perishable food, alcohol.

Another reminder about the importance of secure passwords. Changing all my passwords to unique generated keys (that even I won't know) is one of the things on my Mondays-off to do list. When was the last time you changed your passwords?

I caught this interesting discussion during the week - today's women burning out at age 30. So much for having it all! But when you consider that most US workers don't take all their allotted time off, how can you blame us for burning out? I'm a big proponent of a more realistic work-life balance and extended vacation time, but it's a hard sell in a country where most people don't get around to using the time they already get.

If you click on only one link from today's Linkfest, make it this one: the Wall Street Journal investigated the top 101 iPhone apps to determine what kind of information the apps accessed and shared, and with which third parties. Important and scary reading! And a great interactive presentation of the information to boot.

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