Updated on 08.01.14

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Crunch Time Edition

Trent Hamm

This week, I’m currently in the middle of crunch time for my book, with a strong deadline of July 1 to turn in a strong final manuscript (that will then go through their editing process). That means long hours at the keyboard, typing away, until I’m ready to flop into bed out of exhaustion. I really am on the home stretch, though, as the book is completely outlined down almost to the paragraph and I’m now just adding words to the framework and polishing things here and there.

So, for this week’s roundup, I went back to my big grab-bag of the best posts from a mountain of personal finance blogs and found ten more gems worth sharing.

Top 10 Reasons People Spend More Than They Earn A lot of these add up to self-esteem. If your self-esteem is based on the stuff you have, you’re going to always have a hard time getting ahead financially. (@ accumulating money)

Rich College Student: Emergency Fund 101 If you’re a college student who’s doing all right financially, this is a great article to read. (@ green panda treehouse)

38 Random Thoughts on Building Prosperity Here’s another thought for the pile: learn how to do something new every day. You’ll be shocked how often a simple skill you’ve learned comes up time and time again. (@ brip blap)

Reading (and Understanding) “The Fine Print” This is an excellent look at how fine print can get you. If this floated your boat, the book Gotcha Capitalism will probably be a wonderful read for you. (@ banker girl)

Confessions of a Car Salesman It’s all about salesman’s psychology tricks! (@ million dollar journey)

Do We Spend More When We Swipe Plastic? I keep in very careful tune with my spending on plastic – I pay the bill off in full every week. But I have in the past vastly overspent because of the plastic. (@ poorer than you)

Three Quick Ways to Get Out of Debt TCT is a very good plan, one that works best when repeated often. (@ fire finance)

Managing Our Debt – A Review Of How We Live With A Large Debt Burden If you have a ton of debt, this is some great advice. If you can just cut 2% off the interest rate of a $10,000 debt, that’s $200 a year. (@ make love, not debt)

The Perfect Storm In a lot of ways, this sounds like my own financial meltdown. (@ rocket finance)

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  1. Thanks for the mention Trent!

  2. Flea says:

    Good luck on the book Trent. I really do enjoy your writing style.


  3. Heidi says:

    Thanks for the link, Trent!

    I wish you the best as you wrap up your work on the book.

  4. FANTASTIC post on the confessions of car salesman. And the post title about a big butt…classic.

    Most weekly roundups that so many blogs do go back to the same authors week after week. The Simple Dollar reads so many (not sure where he finds the time) that I love to be reading just to find new and interesting blogs.

    Thanks for doing all this homework…great site.

  5. Very cool list. Extremely helpful and informative.


  6. JM says:

    Good luck with the manuscript Trent! I’m sure it will be great.

  7. Laura says:

    Thank you for the mention! As my single couldn’t financially help me out with college, I had to learn to do without. Having an emergency fund was something I kept needing as I was going through school, so finally I put my foot down and ramened my way to a small fund.

  8. Laura says:

    Sorry, I meant to put my single mom..oops…

  9. Lola says:

    Congratulations, Trent. I’m glad to see that you are working hard on your book. Previous comments I’ve seen in response to your columns indicates that quite a few of your readers (myself included) are also writers and that we might benefit from hearing about your process. It would be particularly interesting to learn how you went about finding an agent, what kind of advance one might expect to be offered on a non-fiction book by a first-time author, a sample timeline that might cover the period from the initial query letter, to signing with an agent and, of course, getting the book sold by your agent to a publisher. Ever since I read your words: “Great News: I have a book deal” in one of your columns back in April, I’ve been interested in learning how long the process took and what the steps were along the way.

  10. FIRE Finance says:

    We appreciate the link and mention to our article on getting out of debt. Keep up the excellent blogging.
    FIRE Finance

  11. Francine says:

    Keep going on your book.

    Thank you so much for the link to edmunds.com for “Confessions of a Car Salesman.” I also receive an e-newsletter from My Super Charged Life, and he was asking for advice about buying a used car. I commented on your link, and on the site.

    I knew my brother and sister-in-law were ripped-off on their car purchase. But, one of my sisters is in the market for a car, and I told her about that site. Wish I had known about it before I bought my car.

    Thanks, again,

  12. brip blap says:

    Thanks for the mention, Trent – good luck on the book! Writing a blog is stressful enough – I’m sure a book doubles/triples/quadruples up the pressure!

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