The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Family Evening Edition

Before my son was born, we used to do a lot of things out and about in the evening – we’d go to museums, to movies, to art galleries, and so on, almost every evening. When he was born, a lot of that changed – now we stay home a lot, play with our son, put him to bed, and usually do something quiet together at home. It sounds boring, but when I think back to the fun of doing stuff like teaching my son how to put on his own pants and then rocking him to sleep while singing him Oasis songs (did I mention that his favorite album is (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?) and I wouldn’t trade that for any movie or museum visit – we can do that when he’s older.

How Credit Scores Affect Your Loan Rates -Or- Why All Spending Is Not Equal The Digerati Life does an excellent job here of outlining how different credit scores directly affect real world loans – a compelling argument for why you should keep your credit nose clean. (@ the digerati life)

Summer Reading Made Easy I used to be involved in summer reading programs at the library. They were sponsored by a local couple who were big advocates of youth reading. We had to read books and write very short book reports on them (one page handwritten, if I remember right) and there were various rewards for meeting certain thresholds. I remember a big pizza party for the people who wrote 20 in a summer. (@ wise bread)

Finances and Caring For Your Elderly Relative Right now, parents of my friends are dealing with this with their own parents – luckily, our parents aren’t in this situation. Still, this is stellar advice – and interesting, too. (@ dual income no kids)

The Simple Dollar Retro: The Green Dollar: Being Environmentally Conscious Can Save You Money I’m a bit of a greenie (a recurring theme around here); this is one of the better ones along those lines.

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  1. Your life sounds so much like mine. We had a pretty active social life and traveled on a regular basis before having kids 6 years ago. These days, we’re firmly planted at home, savoring moments with the kids and just puttering around the house. We have people visit us much more often instead. I can only describe this period in my life as “sweeet”! And many thanks for the list! :)

  2. Speaking of summer reading, any fellow TSD readers have recommendations for a summer book? I’m open to just about anything (barring political genre).

  3. plonkee says:

    Your son’s album choice is demonstrating your exact age :)

  4. Megan says:

    But don’t look back in anger…I heard her say.

    LOVE THAT SONG!

  5. Kim Bentz says:

    Grayson: Re: summer reading. I love travel essays, and a semi-sort-of travel essay is the book “A Viking Voyage” by W. Hodding Carter. You may have to order it online or find it at your library or used bookstore. I laughed all through the true tale of a non-sailor and his non-sailing friends and acquaintances who con a corporate sponsorship to build and sail a replicated Viking open wooden boat to retrace the voyage of Leif Erickson to North America. Fortunately they manage to con a couple of guys who actually know something into being part of the crew of this madcap voyage of re-discovery.

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