The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Edition

Got the book on Saturday. Finished it on Sunday. Sad that there won’t be any more on Monday.

How Often Should I Rebalance My Investment Portfolio? A Brief Article Review This is a great summary on how often you should look at your investments (including those in your 401(k) or Roth IRA) and move things around a bit. (@ my money blog)

How Do You Stack Up? A serious look at the overall financial state of people in different age brackets. The average net worth of a person under 35 is $11,600? My wife and I are individually each well above that and we’re substantially under 35. (@ dink’s finance)

How To Take A Shower In Sixty Seconds Or Less I actually tried this last night and it worked pretty well. I have no idea how much water I saved, but I at least halved my water usage in the shower. (@ wise bread)

The Simple Dollar Retro: How Much Does Breastfeeding Really Save? If the mother would eat a healthy, well-balanced diet in either case, breastfeeding can save a lot of money.

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  1. Amber Yount says:

    I’m going to miss Harry Potter. But at least the book had great closure :(

  2. Thanks for including us in this edition! I think frugal showering is something Mrs. Weasley would implement at the Burrow.

    I’m sad to finish the last book as well. But JKR left a lot of room for sequels given that you-know-who is now burdened with the you-know-what for the rest of his/her life.

  3. As a person who has never read a page of Harry Potter, I’d be interested to hear what the #1 attraction of Rowling’s series is.

  4. Louise says:

    Re: net worth
    Considering that a large chunk of people under 35 are students with massive debt or grads who are working on repaying the debt, that number really isn’t surprising. Then again, lumping together everyone under 35 seems like an enormous range. That implies they are including children, which would definitely skew results. I think the graph shown is more informative and useful than the chart. Interesting.

  5. Christa says:

    How fitting that you should include Harry Potter on your website. A boy with complete Financial Peace due to his vault of Gold Coins at Gringotts.
    I am going to miss the series but wow, what a finale!

  6. James says:

    Thanks for not spoiling – I haven’t started Book 7 yet =)

  7. Miguel says:

    I work for a pretty big company, and the 401k has a feature that will rebalanced my 401k automatically every 90 days. Do you guys think this is a good feature?

  8. Ryan says:

    It’s just a great story…pick up the first book and give it a shot.

  9. Ashley says:

    awesome book- did the same thing- got it Saturday, finished Sunday. 12 hours. Loved every minute and I am so sad it is the end, but what a nice finish.

  10. Heidi says:

    The main appeal of Harry Potter? Fun, fun, fun plot and characters. Be forewarned, the first few books read more like a screenplay. The 7th book is well-written and continues with Rowling’s strengths of genuine characters, clever plots, and excellent insights into universal human traits.

    I don’t think JK Rowling is a one-hit wonder who needs to continue the HP story. Her writing is incredible at the end of the series–she could write anything now and I hope she does.

    Jim Dale has received numerous awards for his readings of the audio versions of the books if you’d rather listen.

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