The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Airport Edition

As I write this, I’m sitting at the airport waiting on a delayed flight from Denver. I’m supposed to pick up someone on this flight. It’s after midnight, I’m about ready to pass out from exhaustion, and still no arrival. Guess I’ll read some blogs.

Frugality Is Not A Dirty Word There is a difference between frugal and cheap, you know. (@ get rich slowly)

Budgeting Is Like Baking Cookies I loved the analogy. I also love baking. Of course, I’m rather partial to bread over cookies, but still… I like the analogy. (@ christian pf)

Eight Ways To Invest In Yourself Investing in yourself is really the best kind of investment – it makes you a more complete person. (@ mighty bargain hunter)

The Simple Dollar Retro: How to Get Off the Treadmill: A Detailed Guide to Becoming Self-Employed At various times, this topic has been one extremly near and dear to my heart.

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  1. Stella says:


    I have a dilemma and I wonder what you would think. I have been saving and investing since since I began working, and have accumulated a decent size portfolio. I got a government job last year so that I will get defined-benefit pension benefits on top of my savings. Problem is, I don’t like my job. Should I quit and go back to doing what I was doing in the private sector?

  2. Andy says:

    I used your ideas about frugality in an adult Sunday school class last Sunday, and people liked it. I think that frugality is about understanding what is truly valuable in life, and it also accounts for the social costs and benefits of decisions.

  3. Laura says:

    I like how someone in the comments suggested using the word ‘mindful’ to replace frigal. I think that captures the spirit of the word well.

  4. !wanda says:

    @Stella: How badly do you need the pension? If your portfolio is large and balanced well, it should carry you through.

  5. plonkee says:

    If you really don’t like your job, then why would you want to stick it out for a long time just to get a pension?

  6. Stella says:


    You are right. It will be a long time to retirement. Pension is nice, but you gotta enjoy everyday of your life.

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