The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Great Giveaway Response Edition

I have received over 300 entries to my giveaway of The 4-Hour Workweek. In order to make some sense of the pile of entries, I’m throwing out all entries that are outside the realm of personal productivity / personal development, then I’m only including any book that is mentioned by at least two entrants. Right now, this makes for a list of eleven books, which I’ll post this weekend. As for the contest, you can still enter – just send me an email as described in the link above to win yourself a copy of the book.

Love And Marriage – On Combining Our Finances This is a really interesting look at a couple that chose to combine their finances immediately upon marriage. It’s interesting to me, I suppose, because it’s not something my wife and I would ever do. (@ my two dollars)

8 Cheap Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar I sent this article on to a few friends of mine that are diabetic, and so I thought it might be worthwhile to share it with you as well. (@ wise bread)

Junk Snail Mail Contest: Who Sends You The Most Financial Junk? The ridiculous amount of financial rubbish I get in the mail makes me wonder why these companies don’t just offer a better deal instead of burning cash on credit card offers that I just shred and use as kindling. (@ money, matter, and more musings)

The Simple Dollar Retro: The Simple Dollar Takes A Trip To Sam’s Club This is an excellent primer article if you’ve never been to a warehouse shopping club before, or if you’ve been to Costco and haven’t tried Sam’s Club.

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  1. Cheeseburger says:

    So what are some reasons, Trent, that you seem dead set against combining things?

  2. David says:

    Thanks for the mention Trent, appreciate it. But I too am curious as to why you would never combine anything…thanks!

  3. !wanda says:

    My mother was like the woman described in the post. My parents put their paychecks together into a big joint account, put both their names on the children’s college funds, etc, etc. My brother was severely mentally disabled when he was young and had several health problems on top of that, so she quit her job and spent all her time rehabilitating him (and it worked). The money for everything came out of the joint account. She trusted that my father was managing everything well, and because there was always enough money for medical bills, tutors, summer programs, and the like, she assumed everything was OK.

    And then she found out that my father had been siphoning money for years and years out of the joint account into accounts with his name on it. The siphoning started in small amounts but then really accelerated once he figured out how much he could get away with. His retirement funds are flush, while she has very little, especially because she didn’t have a paid job for many years, and before that she had always put her money into the joint account. My mom is working 3 part-time jobs, now that my brother is mostly grown, and really, really worried that she will be old, sick, and destitute. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be her retirement investment.

    (To stall questions: my parents are still married. My mother is from a conservative culture, was not going to divorce when she was taking care of my brother, and now is too exhausted to care anymore; my father is not going to divorce free maid service, and he doesn’t want to give up his money.)

    My mother didn’t think she married a sneaky asshole. No one does, but just look at the divorce rate! How much do you really know another person? How much can you understand the dark impulses that another person tries to conceal even from himself? Completely joining your finances puts your money and your credit rating into the hands of another person. Even if you think you’re on top of things, you can’t control everything the other person does. From my point of view, anyway, combining finances takes a superhuman amount of trust- or a certain measure of gullibility.

  4. Andrea D says:

    Thanks for linking my blood sugar post!

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