I just re-read Breakfast of Champions for the umpteenth time. The primary character, Dwayne Hoover, appears to be a “fabulously well-to-do” auto dealer, but is in fact cracking up on the inside. Sometimes I imagine that I’m Dwayne Hoover… let’s move on to other things, shall we?
Also, there are only two days left to get in on The Simple Dollar’s giveaway of a copy of The Millionaire Next Door. All it takes to enter is a simple email to me (or a blog post) containing an idea for The Simple Dollar, so what do you have to lose?
Young Savers: How Do The Oldsters React? I actually have most of my worthwhile conversations about finance with people much older than myself; most of the people in my age group have some terrifically skewed ideas of personal finance. Of course, there’s only one true solution to the generation gap: Thunderdome. (@ tired but happy)
Ideas For A “Debt Free Christmas”: Relatives We’re actually working on many similar ideas. Typically, parents and grandparents don’t need anything, so you can usually make a much better gift for them than anything you could buy. (@ no credit needed)
The Brown Bag Experiment The biggest knock I had against switching to “brown-bagging” lunches is that I missed out on the camaraderie of eating lunch with my usual group, so I convinced them all to try it for a week. Now there’s a brown bag club of snarkiness. (@ generation x finance)
How to Ace a Performance Review These are all excellent ideas, but another one is to get out your actual job description and read it over carefully before your review. Focus on areas in which you exceed your job description when you’re discussing it with your boss, so that when they read your description when evaluating your performance, they’ll remember areas in which you exceeded expectation. (@ binary dollar)
Keeping Track of Electronic Billing In general, I think that electronic bill-pay is an overhyped service; all it does is save the company money as they don’t have to deal with checks, while you have to still keep track of when to pay your bills and so forth. You can save on the cost of checks and stamps, but often the scheduling is more difficult unless you are highly organized; I’m pretty organized, and I consider electronic bill-pay to be quite overrated. (@ boston gal’s open wallet)