The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: 3-D Snowflake Edition

As many of you know, I’m usually sitting here waiting when my children get off of the school bus each day. Many days, I try to have some sort of project or activity for them to do (admittedly, some “projects” are better than others).

One thing we’re going to do this week is one of my favorite homemade Christmas decorations – the 3D snowflake. Here’s a great guide for making one.

How do you achieve this with elementary-aged children? We focus very carefully on each step and make quite a few extra snowflake parts. That way, if one gets messed up (and it inevitably will), it’s no big deal.

These snowflakes turn out beautifully, but they do take a little while (much longer than the old single-sheet ones I made when I was young).

Can Frugality Be Taken Too Far? I think that many of the “edgier” frugality tactics often come down to a person’s background and what they’ve been raised to view as socially acceptable. I know that my own background as someone raised in the country is very different than that the background of one of my closest friends, who has never lived outside of a city with more than a million people until a few years ago. We each have patterns that the other finds very strange. (@ debt and the girl)

It’s Time to Stop Trying to Keep Up with the Joneses If you spend even a dime in order to buy things so that you can compare well to other people in your life in terms of your possessions… maybe you should rethink that dime. (@ make money make cents)

How to Graduate College Debt-Free While these tips might not ensure total freedom from debt after school, they can really help collectively. I’d also encourage people to consider trade schools. (@ monica on money)

Speaking in public: two errors that lead to fear For me, the big breakthrough with public speaking was realizing that I was not the subject of what I was talking about. That might be true if I was a huge celebrity, but … I’m not. Knowing that it’s the subject I’m talking about that people care about – not me – took a lot of pressure off. (@ seth godin)

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