About a week ago, J.D. over at Get Rich Slowly posted an article about the difference between high income earners and low income earners. Most of the differences between the two that he listed come largely down to personal effort and personal choices. In the comments, many people jumped to the conclusion that “poor people… Read More Are Poor People Lazy?
Making a Starbucks run on your way to work probably doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. Your soy caramel latte costs, what, $4? That isn’t enough money to make or break your budget, so you probably didn’t give it a second thought. But what happens when it becomes a habit? What happens when… Read More How Much Are Your Habits Costing You?
A little while ago, Five Cent Nickel published an article on the limits of frugality in which one of my own frugal activities was discussed: First up, The Simple Dollar makes his own laundry detergent. He has done the math and for 8 loads of laundry per week, he saves $20 a year vs. the… Read More When Frugality Is Fun
Recently, I’ve been enjoying the first season of Mad Men on DVD. Literally dozens of readers had recommended to me and I picked up the DVD set with a gift certificate a month or so ago. I’d never seen it before and it’s been a real pleasure to dig into it – it’s as subtle,… Read More The Valuable Art of Media Swapping
After years of decline, a new look at government data shows that the number of stay-at-home moms is finally on the rise. This news comes courtesy of Pew Research Center analysis from 2014. According to the research, the percentage of mothers who don’t work outside the home surged to 29% in 2012, up from only… Read More Five Reasons It Pays to Become a Work-at-Home Mom
Four years ago, I wrote a very brief article on the idea of scarcity and abundance mindsets. At the time, it was an idea that was pretty fresh in my head, and so I didn’t yet have the opportunity to really cover it with any depth. Instead, it became an idea that I regularly referred… Read More From the Scarcity Mindset to the Abundance Mindset
This is the sixth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the eleventh and twelfth chapters, “Never Eat… Read More Never Eat Alone: Share Your Passions
Several readers wanted a real-world analysis of the costs and benefits of cloth diapering. Luckily, my wife’s closest friend, Carrie, is cloth diapering her daughter Elizabeth and has contributed this lengthy analysis of cloth diapering. Carrie writes some notes about parenting and art at her personal blog, Dangerous Crayon. I have some notes in response… Read More Cloth Diapering: A Real-World Analysis
As a child, it was hard for me to envision what my future would look like. I’m sure I considered being a teacher once, and pondered possibilities of a future as a dancer, veterinarian, chef, and astronaut through the years. So I’m sure you can imagine how surprised I was to find myself working in… Read More Life Lessons From a Funeral Home
This is the fifth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the ninth and tenth chapters, “”Warming the… Read More Never Eat Alone: Managing the Gatekeeper