The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Storm Night Edition

A few days ago, an incredibly powerful series of storms hit our town in the middle of the night. There were tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings, loud wind, crazy lightning and thunder, hail, and more than a few items tossed around outside by the weather.

Eventually, Sarah and I decided to have our family camp out in the basement for the night. We got all of the kids settled and stayed up keeping an eye on the weather.

Sarah eventually fell asleep on the couch. I was trying to sleep in a chair, but I wanted my pillow, so I walked upstairs to get it… and it’s the last thing I remember. I woke up asleep on my bed on top of the covers. In all, I got about three hours of sleep in my clothes on top of the covers.

I had my phone alerts set up so if another tornado warning came, I would have heard the alert and/or the town siren, thankfully.

Spring thunderstorms in the Midwest and Great Plains are simply crazy at times.

5 Simple Ways to Save Money When Renting an Apartment Far and away, the biggest saver is a reliable roommate that you trust. (@ scott on money)

Quit Making Excuses and Start Making Opportunity This is great advice. There are always reasons why you won’t succeed. Relying on them as a reason not to try just guarantees the failure. (@ money crush)

Set a date If you simply set a date by which you will achieve your goal, you force yourself to take it more seriously. (@ seth’s blog)

Minimalism with Kids How do you live a “less is more” lifestyle with modern kids? It can be tricky considering all of the influences in their life and the experiences they go through growing up, including their own peer pressures and need to (eventually) strike out independently. (@ zen habits)

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