The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Offer Accepted Edition

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We’re in. Not much more to say than that!

The Cost of Meat: Too High To Pay This is a very interesting, well-researched, and informative article on the costs of meat consumption and the benefits of being a vegetarian. Really well worth reading – in fact, if you really read one link a week from these roundups, this is the one to read. (@ wise bread)

Why Smart People Are Not Better Off Financially Overspending is a cultural phenomenon not connected to a person’s intelligence. (@ free money finance)

Kids Still Living At Home But Not Helping Financially (Your Advice) Some good advice on this situation, especially in the comments. (@ personal finance advice)

The Simple Dollar Retro: The Simple Dollar’s Detailed Tipping Strategy Basically, I reward good service, but I don’t drop down to “no tip” for terrible service because I may not know what’s going on and it may not necessarily be the server at fault.

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14 thoughts on “The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Offer Accepted Edition

  1. Congratulations. That was pretty quick. Of course its not over considering you’re doing a home inspection, no?

  2. Brickkickers do a good job on inspections in Midwest. They’ll do all the normal stuff and you can pay extra for a radon test. The guy out of the Des Moines area has a thermal imager that can scan for cold/hot spots and mold.

    Oh, and having just bought our house in March, I might offer another word of advice. We had a visit from a flying, mammalian friend last night. Might want to ask the pest inspector if they check for bats. They don’t do a lot of physical damage, but it would be worth it to prevent the hysteria produced in other family members…

  3. Congratulations on the house!. And thank you for posting your retro saying that you don’t skip the server’s tip (or lower it) when service isn’t up to expectations. Having worked as a server while in college, I know that the work is hard and thankless, and there are many variables that go into good and bad service. I wonder how people would like it if every time they made a mistake at work, their pay was docked. If you’re really not satisfied with the service, the best practice is to talk to a manager – restaurant management ALWAYS want to know if you’re unhappy.

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