Month: May 2014

Never Eat Alone: Social Arbitrage

This is the tenth 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 nineteenth and twentieth chapters, “Social Arbitrage” …

Painting a Specific Future

A few weeks ago, my wife and children and I spent the weekend visiting several members of her extended family. On the final morning of the visit, I sat around the kitchen table with my wife’s grandfather and uncle and the conversation turned to the future. Her uncle turned to me and said, “What do …

Categories: Getting Started, Goals

Modular Meals

Now that my wife has returned to full time work, we’ve been focusing a lot on careful meal planning for the coming week. We’ll sit down on Sunday mornings, plot out what we’ll eat over the coming week, and prepare a grocery list. One very helpful technique for a busy family like ours is making …

Categories: Food, Frugality

How Traditional “Rules” of Frugality Undervalue Time

A few weeks ago, I met up with an old friend of mine who reads The Simple Dollar. After a bit of catching up, he started criticizing me on my purchase of a Prius. “You’re basically throwing your money away there,” he told me. He then went on to describe how he buys cars – …

Categories: Frugality

How Does The Simple Dollar Earn Money? Some Notes on Do-It-Yourself Self-Employment

After some positive response to yesterday’s comments about an article explaining how I earn an income from The Simple Dollar, I decided to follow up and give the process a thorough description. Enjoy! Quite often, when I tell people that I’m a full time writer, they’re surprised. They expect that by saying that I’m a …

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