The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Logic Puzzle Edition

Most mornings, I start off my day by doing a logic puzzle, some combination of a kakuro puzzle, a sudoku puzzle, or a picross puzzle. This, immediately after some cold water splashed on the face, gets my mind going and gets me in the right mood to write.

Most Personal Finance Bloggers Are Rich, Self-Righteous, and Inflexible? From the article’s comments: “I suspect that the reason most bloggers don’t post about how to become rich while homeless, unemployed, disabled, or disadvantaged is because they don’t have a clue about how it could be done.” I’d be happy to write about how it could be done … in fact, just stick around for a bit and I may do just that. A lot of food for thought for anyone who has written a personal finance blog or is even thinking about one. (@ money, matter, and more musings)

Tips On How To Cancel A Credit Card Profitably The best way to profit from a credit card? NEVER carry a balance. (@ my money blog)

The Simple Dollar Retro: If You Take Home Anything At All … Seven Fundamental Tips I tried to boil down all of the stuff I talk about into a handful of tips, for better or worse.

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  1. Paula says:

    One question that wasn’t brought up in your fundamental tips: how do you calculate your true hourly wage if you are a stay at home mom? Personally, I could have earned a lot more money if I hadn’t spent my time with my kids when they were little, and I don’t regret a moment of it!

  2. Matt says:

    Trent, if you like that “picross” site you should check this out. I’ve always known the puzzles as “paint by numbers” – from Games magazine.

    Here you go:

  3. The fundamental tips are well worth reading!

    @Paula – my wife is a stay at home mother as well and she helps ‘make money’ by attempting to take 15-30 minutes out of her day to look for ways to save money in our budget. She doesn’t save us to the point of being paid to shop for every item, but she saves us enough to ‘add in’ a couple hundred dollars a month in various areas in total. The value that she adds to our children’s lives is immeasurable and I don’t regret her spending that time not working for a wage!

  4. Debbie M says:

    Paula, how much would your family have to pay for things that they don’t have to pay for now because you are a stay at home mom?

    In addition to that amount, there are probably some other things you are providing that your family wouldn’t pay for but that makes those hours outside of 9-5 a bit more pleasant or less hectic.

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