The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Pins and Needles Edition

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We’re supposed to hear later today about whether our house offer will be accepted or if a counteroffer is in the making. My wife and I are making all sorts of plans already – it’s quite fun, especially considering our livable square footage will be increasing more than threefold if we get this house. For instance, we have a family room and a living room and the sum total of stuff we have to put in them is… a love seat and an old television. That’s it. It should be really interesting.

Five Of The Best Deals You Can Get At Your Local Dollar Store Much of the stuff found at the local dollar store near here is terrible, but every once in a while you can find an amazing deal on a staple, occasionally even name brand stuff. I once bought 24 bars of Lever 2000 soap there for pennies per bar and we’re still using them. (@ not made of money)

Couple Learns The High Price of Easy Credit The day you get into a home that you can’t afford if anything goes wrong is the day something goes wrong. You don’t need to live in a McMansion. (@ nytimes via blogging away debt)

Five Money and Currency Facts Your Banker Never Told You A mix of both interesting and useful stuff here about actual currency. (@ the digerati life)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Comparing Warehouse Shopping Chains – And How You Can Get In For Free! Warehouse shopping is great, especially if you have storage space. The house that we placed an offer on has a Costco and a Sam’s Club that are roughly equidistant (and the home will have a lot more storage space), so I’m going to have to do some serious comparisons.

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6 thoughts on “The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Pins and Needles Edition

  1. For the dollar store post.

    1 and 2 you should probably be passing on anyways as it easier just to recycle and use the cartoons.

    3 and 5 can usually be had even cheaper if you have a real party supply store or warehouse store.

    4 maybe they are cheaper… but even cheaper is giving your kids plain or recycled paper and let them be creative on their own!

  2. The NYT article is just depressing. What’s most depressing is that they seem to honestly believe that they have to live that way.

  3. The NYT article is sad, I agree. They almost seem like a caricature of the Average American. Lamenting about how the debt never goes away “no matter what you do,” while their four-year-old plays video games on the 42-inch plasma TV a room over from the remodeled kitchen. It makes me wish there were a way I could roll my eyes at them over the internet.

  4. With the exception of my bed itself, I’ve gotten all my bedroom, dining room table, patio, and living room furniture from http://www.freecycle.org including a stereo and TV, albeit over the course of a year and a half. I use an email filter to seperate out “offers” and it works pretty well. Plus it keeps things that people are already throwing out from going into our landfills. Congrats on the house. If you get into freecycle, I hope you have a lot of storage…

  5. Thanks again Trent. Amazing story there on the couple living well with no $$ to support their lifestyle. Too often, I’ve seen this happen around me, mainly because people want to keep up with their peers….

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