The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Northwest Washington Edition

My wife and I vacationed in Washington state in the summer of 2004. During that trip, we camped above the snow line on Mount Rainier and visited Seattle, but the part of the trip that has really stuck with me was the three days we spent just wandering around in the northwest corner of the state, near Olympia National Forest. There is something about that area that I really felt comfortable with – part of me wanted to simply leave my life behind and live there. It was so strong that I can still feel it in the photographs from the trip. Strange, isn’t it? On to some personal finance postings.

Preparing For Life Without A Credit Card This is a brave step. I use my credit card as a tool now and it makes it much easier to manage my day to day finances, though I can see the beauty of not having one. (@ no credit needed)

Spendthrift Nation: Drowning in Debt The graph in this article is scary – and it says quite a bit about the direction that we’re headed in as a nation. I feel like I’m doing what I can to fight this trend with The Simple Dollar, but it’s like trying to catch a tsunami in a bucket. (@ queercents)

The Cheapest Ways To Do Anything An excellent compendium of frugality advice on all sorts of topics – if you’re into saving money, this is well worth the read. (@ the digerati life)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Ten Firefox Plugins That Save You Money If you’re using Firefox as your web browser (and you should be), there are a lot of ways to add plugins to it that can help you save money. Here’s a list of ten of my favorites. Hint: there’s a post coming very soon that will complement this.

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  1. Ellen says:

    I know how you feel about a place making you want to chuck everything and stay there. There’s a tiny beach about an hour’s train ride south of Barcelona that made me want to drop everything and do whatever I could to stay there for the rest of my life. I have a picture I took of that beach just before sunset and every time I look at it, I find myself pricing plane tickets to Spain.

    *shares a sigh with you*

  2. Anne says:

    I grew up in the Pacific NW. I’m convinced no place in the country feels the same way.

  3. eR0CK says:

    Like Anne, I also grew-up in the Pacific NW. I agree, no place in the country feels the same way, but I’ve only been to ~30 of the 50 states, thus far!

  4. paula says:

    I grew up in Northern California, and as a child I always felt that “something” was missing. I had that feeling of having arrived home when I stepped off a plane in Roanoke, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I lived there for 6 years and still miss it every single day, although I’ve now lived in Ohio for 13 years.

    I lived 4 years in the Willamette Valley in Oregon; it’s very nice too!

  5. Thanks so much for the mention Trent. The closest thing I’ve had to a vacation like yours is going to Yosemite, CA. However, I’ve tried Washington state as well and Hawaii. There were places to get lost in there too. Lovely wilderness.

  6. William says:

    Walk North from there and you get to my home-and-native-land!

    Plus… Social medicine. It is funny to think how much differences you can see just in the two national mottos:

    Life, Liberty and the Pursiut of Happiness
    Peace, Order and Good Government

    And colder weather of course.

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