The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Getting A Life Edition

Thanks to the many readers who let me know how to easily get a copy of Getting a Life, the pseudo-sequel to Your Money or Your Life. I’ll be reviewing it soon!

The Minimum Budget: The Cost of Living for a Family of Four This is some interesting analysis of what it really costs to have a spouse and two kids. (@ the digerati life)

Owning A Home Isn’t Always All It’s Cracked Up To Be The hidden costs of home ownership are tremendous – this is a good review of the costs. (@ generation x finance)

Scheduling Time Versus Scheduling Tasks I tend to do a mixture of both: I schedule time blocks within which I do free-form tasks. For example, I have a block of time each day that I spend with my family, but within that block it’s pretty free-form. (@ wise bread)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Review: Never Eat Alone Out of all the books I’ve read for The Simple Dollar, this one was the biggest pleasant surprise and I’ve found myself almost constantly using and reusing the material within.

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  1. Laura says:

    The Cost of Living article was fantastic. Our area isn’t as high as the bay are, but housing is overpriced and wages are too low.

    Fantastic job on the book review and I look forward to #2 Trent!

  2. Amanda says:

    Getting A Life is really new-agey. I mean, even more than YMOYL. There are some interesting things about implementation, but mostly it’s… yeah, I didn’t find it worthwhile.

  3. Shevy says:

    I also found the Cost of Living article to be very good.

    It really is amazing how much variation there is from city to city in terms of how much it costs to raise a family (even more than was shown in the graphs, I believe).

    I think often folks who live in less expensive areas (not necessarily you, Trent, but other people I’ve seen comment on various things) really don’t grasp how tough it is for people in some major metropolitan areas to just get by, let alone get ahead.

  4. Penny says:

    Trent, I have been reading everything you have written since I signed up for simple dollar. I think you are definately on the right tract. I hope you continue to write about the things we all have in common, financial, frugual, cooking, homeownership, and time management. I love what you have to say, and have implemented your thoughts in life and in my head. I’m was/is a professional organizer mostly in my younger days but still do a project from time to time and consider myself frugal, but even so I have learned a lot from you. Hope you continue these book reviews. Thanks Penny

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