The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Single Weekend Edition

A weird sequence of events has caused me to find myself all alone over the coming weekend. My wife is visiting her sister, while my two children are visiting their grandparents. This leaves me with two full days without any real responsibilities.

Of course, me being me, I already have a long list of stuff to do – things that simply require some focused hours and are difficult to do when the family is around. Five years ago, I would have been headed to the golf course or to Prairie Meadows. Times change, I guess.

Lessons for you and me from Warren Buffett’s annual letter Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders often has a lot of interesting personal finance thoughts in it that go far beyond mere investing. (@ pop economics)

The High Cost of Clutter Every time you buy something new and bring it home, you’re adding to the clutter of your home. It’s one more thing to stuff on a shelf. It’s one more thing to dust. It’s one more thing to maintain. It’s one more thing to take up space. Those are costs, both in terms of money and time. (@ get rich slowly)

6 Ways To Keep The Fire In You Burning This can be a challenge for anyone at times, no matter how much they love what they’re doing. (@ pick the brain)

My Valuable Downgrade “Upon completion of the final draft of my latest novel three years ago, I sent out an e-mail to my family and closest friends. Subject heading: “What Has Mark Been Doing for the Last Six Years?” The message field was empty.” Something about that opening really struck me. (@ soul shelter)

Save Money! Get a College Degree In Three Years If I had not been blessed enough to get scholarships to cover my tuition, room, and board, this is likely the college path I would have chosen. Whether I would have been successful at it is another story. (@ free money finance)

When Your Friends Become Social Sellers and Multi-Level Marketers Quite honestly, I view such a thing as directly cashing in on a friendship, far worse than asking me for a favor. I’d far rather spend an afternoon helping a friend patch up his roof than spend two hours at a Lia Sophia party. (@ consumerism commentary)

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  1. Robin Crickman says:

    Just curious, Trent, would you have gone to Prairie
    Meadows because you liked watching lovely horses or
    because you liked gambling? I don’t know very many
    people who like horses who have lost their interest. Some have been forced by economic need to give up their animals, but not the interest.

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