The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Aged Thirty Years Edition

This week’s roundup comes very close to my thirtieth birthday, which I’ll be celebrating this coming weekend. Considering this is something of a milestone birthday, I’ve been reflecting a bit on how much has changed during each decade of my life.

When I turned ten years old, I was in the midst of a summer vacation between my fourth and fifth grade years. I was particularly baseball obsessed that summer and I remember spending countless warm afternoons listening to Cubs baseball games on WGN AM 720.

When I turned twenty years old, I was doing a summer internship between my sophomore and junior years in college, where I spent my days sifting soil and some of my evenings doing technical support for scientific illustrators. I actually remember my birthday that year – it was pouring rain and I rode through the town I was staying in on a bicycle wearing a red poncho in the middle of that rainstorm, just enjoying all of it. This was very close to the time I made my biggest money mistake, actually.

Now? I’m married with two kids, own a house in a small town, and write for a living. When I was ten, I couldn’t have imagined what I would be doing when I was twenty. When I was twenty, I couldn’t have imagined what I would be doing when I was thirty.

What will I be doing when I am forty? It’s truly impossible to guess at this point. I think I’ll just let it come.

The Diary of an Un-Frugal Weekend: A Lesson in Being Prepared Sometimes even the best-laid plans for living frugal just completely go awry. At least Lynnae deals with it well. (@ being frugal)

Should Your Standard of Living Rise? An increase in standard of living results in only a temporary increase in happiness, so why should you raise your standard of living at all? (@ wise bread)

Personal Finance Kata Mindful reading is a valuable thing. (@ gather little by little)

In Memory of Randy Pausch: Inspirational Videos to Watch When You Are In a Rut This one always tears me up, especially since I had a son of my own. It doesn’t matter how much money I make in life or what I “achieve” – what matters is that I can be there for my children at that moment when they need me. (@ frugal dad)

A Great Life Need Not Cost The Earth It need not cost money, either. Great visual explanation of the value of simpler living. (@ no impact man)

Don’t Make Money Blogging This is pretty accurate stuff, actually. A must read if you’re thinking about earning a ton of money blogging. Hint: you won’t. (@ shark investor)

Lower Your Grocery Bill Without Clipping Coupons Lots of good tips here. I’d recommend not just shopping at Aldi by default – I’ve found that Fareway is actually quite comparable to Aldi around here and has a much better selection. (@ money saving mom)

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