The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Old Connections Edition

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been surprised to find that several people that I used to know quite well in the past are quiet regular readers of The Simple Dollar. People from college, people from high school, and people from my earlier professional life are actually readers – something I would have barely believed a little while back.

So, if any of you are lurking out there and would like to get in touch, please drop me a line. I’d really love to hear from you!

First, I have a pair of new articles up at OPEN Forum.

The first is 8 Simple Rules for Practicing Frugality while Traveling for Your Business, which offers up several tips for saving money when you’re out and about on business travel.

The other one is Getting Maximum Value from Your Local Small Business Association, which talks about the value of building small business connections in your local community, even if your business is online-based and not connected to the community.

And now, for some personal finance articles of interest.

Not Much Convenience in Convenience Foods A powerful argument that convenience foods aren’t really convenient in terms of effort. They’re only convenient in that they just require almost no kitchen expertise. In other words, they don’t prey on time, they prey on ignorance, and people that pay more for the convenience foods are paying for that ignorance. Really interesting perspective. (@ grist via bitten)

Free Marriage Counseling: Do It Yourself Here’s the thing: most counseling boils down to just having a conversation where both people feel safe and some guidance is offered. Very rarely does a counselor actually make a decision – they just guide participants to their own decisions. So what’s keeping you from doing it yourself? (@ art of manliness)

6 Sure-Fire Ways to Stop Feeling Jealous Jealousy drives a huge number of workplace and personal problems. If you’re feeling jealous of someone, you need to deal with that jealousy. (@ pick the brain)

How Giving Changes Everything Giving of yourself comes back to you multiplied – I’ve found this to be true again and again and again. (@ zen habits)

Having It All This article by Erin Doland is fantastic, outlining in detail the life-changing value of minimizing clutter in all aspects of your life. (@ unclutterer)

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  1. Michael says:

    After you left your corn programming job, did you tell any of your former co-workers about the blog? Did you mention it in your exit interview? Wait until you bump into them a few months later and mention it? What’s appropriate?

  2. Trent Trent says:

    I talked about it on occasion while I worked there, and I talked about it very clearly when I was leaving. All of my coworkers knew that my family and writing were two big passions, and this was a chance I had to really dig into both.

    It was actually a hard choice. I was happy there, and I really liked the people I worked with every day. I was drug down by the work itself (for various reasons) and that I felt further apart from my kids than I liked.

  3. Hey Trent!

    That is one of the greatest things I’ve found with having your own blog. Long lost friends eventually will “Google” my name and they will be directed to one of my sites!

    They usually tell me that I’m the last person they would have expected to maintain several websites, but I guess it doesn’t take much nowadays!!

  4. Studenomist says:

    Random thoughts here but one thing I really need to improve on is my ability to stay in touch with people from the past. This is why I love Facebook (even though it can be very time consuming) because I have to ability to send old friends a quick message to see what’s going on every once in a while.

  5. Kevin M says:

    The Unclutterer post is so simple, yet so profound.

  6. Trent Trent says:

    Honestly, I tried Facebook. I really did. But I just couldn’t get into it. I’ll log on every once in a while to visit the pages of a few old friends, but there’s just so much … JUNK on there.

    Twitter is very simple and it makes it easy to discover new and interesting people. That’s really where I get value, so I spend my time there. If you’re not, you should follow me on Twitter here.

  7. jc says:

    the marriage tips are good, but the title of their post is bad. their tips describe marriage maintenance, not self-counseling. the value of good counseling is that a neutral third party is trained and invited to make observations about precisely those negative patterns that sabotage a relationship. these are often crystal clear to outsiders, yet hidden from the involved parties themselves EVEN if they have training in counseling or nonviolent communication. us DIY types have to be careful not to overreach with the do it yourself.

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