Updated on 11.26.08

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Birthday Update Edition

Trent Hamm

A lot of people were curious as to what happened with my son’s birthday after his disastrous birthday party.

In short, he got over things pretty quickly and now seems to have largely forgotten about it. We basically didn’t mention it again after the day of the party and that seemed to work well in encouraging him to forget about it.

I read him quite a few of the kind messages many of you sent to him, which he enjoyed. He said a loud “THANK YOU!” to those who sent him messages. I attempted to get him saying “THANK YOU!” on a short video to put on YouTube, but he got shy and wouldn’t say anything.

In short, he got over the disappointment and recovered really, really well (in my opinion). In the end, he seemed far less disappointed than I would have had the same thing happened to me.

Anyway, here are a few personal finance links of note.

Will a Dental Discount Plan Save You Money? Most of the time, the answer seems to be “no,” especially if you have any sort of dental insurance coverage. It seems to mostly be a clever payment plan, actually. (@ wise bread)

Turn Frugal Behaviors Into A Game I find that, quite often, I learn things better when I turn them into some form of competition. That seems to be the basic idea here. (@ passive family income)

Saving Money by Mulching the Leaves My yard has almost no leaves at all in it – the wind picks them up and blows them right out of our yard. However, if your yard accumulates leaves easily, this can be a great weekend project – perhaps this weekend, since it’s a long one and the weather’s not too cold yet. (@ money beagle)

Money Is 100% Emotional This is a very bold title, but the author makes a good point. Personally, I think personal finance success comes when you realize how much emotion and psychology is wrapped up in your money choices. (@ the wisdom journal)

The Kindle Saves Space, But Can It Save You Money? I’ve heard lots of questions about the Kindle since my wife received one last Christmas. It has saved her quite a bit of money, since she’s been using it to read lots of classics and other public domain books. (@ unclutterer)

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  1. The little guy is fortunate to have you and your wife to console him with something other than things! I’m 42 and I STILL remember when I turned 6 years old. The only people who came to my birthday were 2 little girls who were neighbors and were 2 and 4. Lots of fun there!

    Thanks for the link and maybe you can reschedule another get together to celebrate.

  2. Ishtar says:

    How much money has she saved so far?

  3. Marsha says:

    So sorry about your son’s b-day! Very disappointing for a little tyke. :(

    I’m interested in getting a kindle someday – after I pay off some debts. I hope it’ll allow me to get rid of a lot of my physical books and bookcases and ultimately buy a smaller house. Yes, I have LOTS of books.

  4. Laura In Atlanta says:

    I’m old fashioned . . . I love the smell and feel of an actual book. I like having a library of my favorites on hand.

    The kindle is interesting to me though. I can see it’s advantages – students, especially . . . but nothing can replace an actual book for me!

    I am a very good book shopper though. ;-) I haunt used book stores and the used books on Amazon. I also use paperbackswap and only buy ‘new’ if its a book I really really really want, and I really really really want it in a nice hardback. 9 times out of 10, you can get it on sale, at least 40% off.

    I think the kindle device is a bit pricey . . . I would hope that it could be about half that price. I do see uses for it, but as a replacement of my book collection? No way. ;-)

  5. If you read the free books on the Kindle it’s great. But at $10+ a pop with no option to resell or loan to a friend the for-pay books just aren’t worth it yet. I use a book reader on the iPhone to read free books.

    But I’m still all about the public library.

  6. luvleftovers says:

    GOTTA have a REAL book – there is just no substitute for the look, feel and smell of ink on paper. Plus, you can write notes, flag and highlight to your heart’s content. One of my favorite memories is the first time I walked into the Reading Room at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue (y’know, the Lions) and that smell hit me and I took a long deep breath! I just love it.

  7. Aaron says:

    I heard in a sermon a few weeks ago that money is an emotional topic for people because we put our faith in money. When you think about it, theology applied or not, we certainly do put our faith in our money.

  8. It seems to me that there is a much simpler and cheaper option to the kindle: a public library. You can get books for free in my city and you don’t have to worry about clutter as you bring them back. Even if they don’t have the book that you want, then they can usually order it in from another library.

  9. Ryan McLean says:

    Glad to hear he forgot about it quickly. He is a very loved child so I am sure he will grow up to be a legend. Bummer about the youtube video. That could have been awesome to watch.
    Nice links.
    Hey I know you want to write your own book. Have you ever thought about Print on Demand?

  10. I was thinking of buying Kindle. But then I saw HP Mini Laptop – which costs about the same as Kindle. So could not decide which one to go for and eventually saved money by not buying either one of them.
    A Dawn Journal

  11. anne says:

    It’s probably best not to put your kid’s face and voice out on the internet anyway, especially given the fact that you put a lot of personal details out here. I know Stephanie over at Crockpot365 won’t even post a picture of her kids. Just a thought.

  12. pfincome says:

    I have been meaning to thank you for the link. I appreciate all of the traffic that has been sent to my site just from the mention on yours. I look forward to reading more of your great articles!

    Thanks again!

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