Updated on 06.21.11

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Airplane Reading Edition

Trent Hamm

I had two books set aside for airplane reading for a recent trip. It seemed like a good idea. Flying in an airplane is boring, right?

Try flying with three young children.

Very little reading happened.

How to Buy a Mattress A family member of mine once said that the only two things you shouldn’t skimp on are your mattress and your shoes. You rely on these things so much for comfort. (@ get rich slowly)

The Most Critical Hour of the Day The most critical hour of the day is the first hour of the day. If you nail that hour, you’ve set a great platform for success for your day. (@ pick the brain)

The Life Purpose Lie Does your life have real meaning before you find your one true purpose? Of course it does. (@ jonathan fields)

Cheap Sources for Board Games My only advice here is to be a little selective in the games that you choose. There are many games out there floating around, many with missing pieces, and many that aren’t as good as the marketing would have you think (like Monopoly). (@ pf advice)

How to Build a Square Foot Garden We are thinking of building one of these under a timered UV light in our basement. (@ frugal dad)

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  1. Tracy says:

    But what books did you plan to read? Inquiring minds want to know!

  2. Steve says:

    I have found the same thing but replace “three small children” with one. And there are (usually) two of us to (supposedly) handle her.

  3. J.D. says:

    Ha. So hilarious that you posted the mattress article, Trent. I just used it yesterday to buy a mattress for my mother.

  4. Cheryl says:

    Used games from various sources are a good way to get missing pieces for games you already have. If you have lost the instructions, you can usually find them on the publishers website or elsewhere on the web.

  5. valleycat1 says:

    I’m old school & enjoy Monopoly, among other classic board games.

    We make our own replacements for missing game parts (unless it’s something that needs to be camouflaged from the other players, like a playing card). Using Monopoly as an example, we’ve made replacement deeds, cash, action cards (if they get torn too badly) and player tokens.

  6. bogart says:

    @Trent, I find it oddly endearing that you thought you might be able to read on a flight with your children.

  7. Riki says:

    I find it hilarious that Trent thought he would get any reading done while flying with 3 young kids.

  8. Kate says:

    But you know if he hadn’t brought a book, all three would have zonked out for the entire flight. :o)

  9. littlepitcher says:

    You may want to check out Rodale’s line of books on gardening. You can build a south-facing cold frame in the back yard and grow about as much in winter as you could grow in the basement, without the additional electric expense.

  10. MARY S says:

    thanks for including the link to the garden article. We don’t lack space for a garden, just lack sun (surrounded by pine trees). The square foot garden concept will allow us to have a garden on our deck. Hopefully the deer won’t venture up there!

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