Sunday, September 9, 2012

random linkfest

I loved Young Cheap Living's post on reasons he tracks his spending. Tracking is, I think, the single most useful tool someone can put in their financial toolbox. My reasons are much the same as his, plus the spreadsheet that Peanut created for us acts as an account ledger and allows us to keep an eye on transactions across all our accounts - this serves as a very effective identity theft catcher!

Mmmm, beans. Love all the recipes from The Prudent Homemaker for how to eat them every night!

Giving up sugar is really hard, but this post at Girl's Gone Child gives a lot of good reasons for doing so. I had been working on giving up sugar earlier this summer and I've sort of abandoned it later, but I'm working towards it again and would like to (try to) raise my kids without having regular access to sugary food and drink.

Married with Debt did an emergency food audit, and I'm impressed. Peanut and I do not have anything close to a two-week supply that would be any good without electricity, and while it's unlikely to be needed, that's not a reason for not being at least SOMEWHAT prepared. Time to get on this!

Two via Money Saving Mom: bulk crockpot freezer recipes and more freezer to crockpot recipes.

The chore list that Kurt Vonnegut and his pregnant wife drew up between them is pretty astounding - should I have thought of something like that?! (Just kidding: Peanut is already perfect at taking care of anything that needs cleaning when I ask him to do it. The only additional chore he'll take on while I'm pregnant is the litter box - at least until I can't manage to tie my shoes anymore.)

Lifehacker lists all the places where you should enable two-step authentication. I already use this on Gmail, Facebook, and Dropbox and it is really not a big pain, but it's a giant security feature to add to your accounts. It's way too easy to hack passwords now (especially if you're still Doing Passwords Wrong), but someone would have to have both your password AND your phone to get into your account with two-step authentication. Why wait?

Trent wrote a great post about waiting until you're ready for something in order for it to actually take effect. This is so hard to put into practice, but it's worth learning to recognize it.

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