The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Joshua Tree Edition

I realized recently that the one album I’ve listened to more than any other in my life has been The Joshua Tree by U2. I owned it on vinyl in 1987 and literally played it then until it was scratched to death, returned to it over and over again in the interim, and lately have been playing it almost nonstop in my truck. It’s really interesting to me how the same music can speak to me in different ways at different times in my life.

Force Yourself to Save! 15 Painless Ways to Pay Yourself First This is a nice collection of tips. I tend to find that making things automatic makes them work – if you entrust yourself to remember to do it, you’ll often fail. (@ the digerati life)

10 Ways to Conserve and Save Money I like riding the line between “green” and “tightwad.” (@ christian pf)

Can You Talk To Your Friends About Debt? This is a very difficult topic to breach most of the time, so the article has some really useful advice. (@ wise bread)

The Simple Dollar Retro: A Primer on Once-A-Month Cooking Want to cook at home but never have the time? Devote one day a month to doing most of the work in advance, so that each evening the food is very easy to prepare.

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  1. This album has probably had the biggest affect on me than any other.

    Did you know a 20th anniversary edition of the Joshua Tree will be released next week?

    It’s coming out in various formats, of course. The 2CD version if awfully tempting.

    Here’s the super-deluxe version:

  2. Nathan says:

    You can play vinyl in your truck? ;-)

  3. Laura says:

    I can talk about debt and finances with one of my friends, but not the others. I think that my finance friend motivates me to keep working on it and vice versa. We try not to eat out as much and come up with ideas that are cheaper and more enjoyable.

  4. Kim says:

    Trent were you old enough to own this album on vinyl in 1987? This is my all time fav and I was 16 at that time. I was under the impression you were significantly younger! : )

  5. ChristianPF says:

    Joshua Tree is one of best albums out there – U2 was nearing “masterpiece” status with that one!!

    Thanks for the link!!

  6. Elaine says:

    You should read No Impact Man ( He’s just finishing up a year long experiment of sorts, basically attempting to have neutral or positive net impact on the environment. In one post he mentioned that among the unexpected outcomes of his experiment was that their expenses were about cut in half. And that’s not to mention the financial implications of being healthier and happier.

  7. Laura says:

    My LP has four original signatures on it, all obtained personally after many hours of waiting. Needless to say, it is framed under protective glass and priceless.

  8. Patty says:

    I knew I liked your blog for some reason. You are a U2 fan like myself! I loved them since the very first time I heard Sunday Bloody Sunday from a neighbors house who was blarring it. You the know the Rattle and Hum movie? The colored part of that movie was shot at Sun Devil Stadium in AZ. I live in Connecticut and my sister lives in Arizona. Well, back when the tickets to that concert were being sold my sister calls me up and says “hey, wanna go to a U2 concert twice?” They played a Sat and Sun night concert to get more footage. The tickets were only 5, yes 5 bucks. So I flew out to AZ and saw them twice. Oh for the love of god I was far away from the stage. But that was the best concert ever. And now years later I get to say I WAS IN THAT MOVIE RATTLE AND HUM!!! lol

    age 40
    U2 fan forever

  9. Jamie says:

    Couldn’t agree more, Joshua Tree is one of the best albums I’ve ever heard. Ever.

  10. lorax says:

    Hmm… U2? Joshua Tree? We should make Trent an honorary member of Gen X.

    Next he’ll be talking about REM.

  11. nicole says:

    I was about to write what Patty just wrote: I knew I liked your blog for more than just its good information–you’re a fellow U2 fan!

    Nicole (age 24)

  12. Renee says:

    Just to let you know that I lost what I thought was a very good friend after cutting back on my spending. I started bringing my lunch to work to cut back on money and calories and just really getting tired of fast food. I actually prefer cooking over going out and have for quite some time. You just don’t know what is in their food. But anyway, my friend would call and want to go to lunch all the time. When I pretty much quite eating lunch out, she quit calling. She is a stay at home mother and lives 4 blocks from my office. I have suggested maybe just coming to her house and having a sandwich or something, but I haven’t had an invite since. She just really likes to go out to eat to get out of the house. So….I guess that’s what I was for. Needless to say, I don’t hear from her anymore. Very sad. Glad you touched on this topic. It hits really close to home.

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