The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Amazon Oddities Edition

Several people have asked me about two things that have popped up on Amazon with me as an author, so I thought I’d mention them both here.

One is a “paperback” version of 31 Days to Fix Your Finances. Someone (I do not know who) downloaded the files that I give away for free, packaged them as a paperback through CreateSpace, and is selling them for $10.95 a pop. I don’t earn a penny from this, but I’m not wholeheartedly opposed to it, either, as it’s part of the equation when you write a lot of content and distribute it freely.

The other is more interesting. 1001 Ways to Make Money If You Dare is a fairly humorous book that I contributed a foreword to and helped edit a bit – I didn’t write it, though Amazon lists me as an author, but I’m mentioned on the cover as an editor. It’s intended to be a fun book – there are a lot of good ideas in there, but there are quite a few put in there for humor’s sake, too. It’s a good book for brainstorming ideas if you’re trying to earn a few dollars in your spare time, done with a very light tone. This is not my aforementioned second book – that’s still a work in progress, and I think most of you will find it quite compelling.

That being said, here are some interesting personal finance links.

A Guide to Beating the Fears That Are Holding You Back The biggest reason people are afraid to make real, lasting changes in their life is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of losing something. Quite often, all those fears do is hold you back. (@ zen habits)

I Have No Need or Desire to Be Wealthy I completely, totally agree with this sentiment. I don’t want to be wealthy. If I was suddenly given hundreds of millions of dollars, I’d focus on giving most of it away to charities. (@ my two dollars)

How to Save Money at Baseball Games I was actually about to write an article something like this one, since my family and I are likely to go to a few baseball games this summer. (@ lazy man and money)

33 Ways to Thwart Identity Theft Many of these techniques have other benefits beyond merely protecting you from identity theft. They can reduce your junk mail load, for one. (@ man vs. debt)

Are You an Over-Buyer or an Under-Buyer? What’s strange is that frugality is usually associated with under-buying, but I see elements of over-buying, too. Bulk buying is a great frugal strategy, after all. (@ happiness project)

If you live near a BJ’s Warehouse, here’s a 60 day free membership. This is a great way to find out if your local warehouse club is worthwhile.

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