The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Chicken Breasts Stuffed With Smoked Gouda Edition

I tried making this for dinner last night and it turned out tremendously well. The key is broiling it for a while right up at the top of the oven for a few minutes, then turning the heat down to about 400 and brushing them with olive oil. Wow.

Almost Debt Free: Too Much Sacrifice? I’m torn here. I think that being financially responsible is a mindset that you can get yourself into, and when you’re in that mindset, you know what a good balance is. On the other hand, many people today don’t have that financially responsible mindset (or else there wouldn’t be a cavalcade of credit card debt) and telling them that it’s okay not to sacrifice if it doesn’t feel right is often an invitation to rampant consumerism. (@ queercents)

Overspending on Kids Risks Financial Future The couple described here is a financial train wreck, but I completely agree with the idea that one can easily overspend on children. One big reason that we’ve decided on our current house layout is so that our two children can share a bedroom through most of their early years – obviously, we’ll look at it again when they approach their teenage years, but for now, that’s how we want things. For both of us growing up, sharing a room with siblings helped to facilitate a tight bond. (via my new choice)

My Struggle: Spending on Food Is Really About Motivation Why oh why can’t Flexo brown bag it for lunch? (@ consumerism commentary)

The Simple Dollar Retro: The FICO Battle: Ten Common Tactical Mistakes When Dealing With The Credit Score Blues I’ve seen many people make big mistakes when they rush into trying to “fix” their credit score. Here are ten big errors to avoid.

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  1. Flexo says:

    Thanks for the link! And chicken breasts stuffed with smoked gouda sounds like the perfect brown-bad lunch. Are you cooking?

  2. M says:

    Where’s the recipe? I’d like to make that.

  3. John says:

    Trent makes a great point. It’s a bit of a risk to say that you shouldn’t sacrifice too much if you’re tyring to become financially responsible. Living without sacrifice is what gets people in trouble with credit cards.

    Indeed, one must sacrifice consumerism to become financially responsible, but don’t let the sacrifice make you blind to other ways you can enjoy life. The important thing is to not go back to the spending behavior that got you in trouble in the first place. Easier said than done, but it’s possible.

  4. cami says:

    I was little confused by the wording, but are you planning on having your kids share a room, cause for some reason I thought you have a boy and are expecting a girl (or may get one even if that’s not what you’re expecting)? If you have one of each gender it’s going to be pretty hard to have them in the same room for very long. Though if you have two boys I think it’s a bit more manageable. Two girls back to back can be downright scary (same room or not). Sometimes it’s cheaper to put girls in separate rooms than to replace all of the broken items.

  5. Thanks for the link Trent! As I mentioned in my post, having a boy and girl share a room can get a little tricky as they get older but there could be some creative solutions if necessary.

  6. Mardee says:

    I’m all for siblings sharing rooms – in fact, I think one of the reasons my 6 siblings and I are so close is because we were all jammed into 2-3 bedrooms for most of our growing up years. I see so many people who hand their children life on a silver platter – and then wonder why the children can’t seem to make it on their own.

  7. Rosie says:

    Is the recipe at the website? I went there and started to sign in to get it, but the website then demanded that it be allowed to download software onto my PC. I’ve stopped using sites that do that, for security reasons. If anyone who is already choosing to use that site would post the recipe in the comments, it would be appreciated.

  8. Trent Trent says:

    Rosie: is actually a site for storing web bookmarks so you can get at your favorite sites from any machine.

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