In our kitchen, we have a shelf devoted solely to cookbooks. Upon this shelf sits a hefty number of volumes, from Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything to volumes like Molto Italiano and Fast Easy Fresh.
I use these cookbooks all the time, not necessarily for strictly following recipes, but for ideas on how to start on a particular dish or how to execute a particular technique. Some of them are pretty stained-up, in fact, because they sat out on the table while I tried something new.
Anyway, my friends and family have picked up on this proclivity towards cookbooks and often give me multiple cookbooks for gift-giving occasions. This is great – I love them.
But now we’ve reached an interesting crossroads. Our cookbook shelf is now full.
So what do we do now? For now, I’ve pulled off two cookbooks that we don’t refer to very often. I’ve put them in a separate box and now we’ll see whether I ever pull them out. If several months go by and I don’t look at them, we’ll stick them out in the yard sale (they’re not the “well-used” ones mentioned above).
What happens if I do use one of them? Well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
Get a Grip on Your Debt: How to Obtain a Clear, Concise Financial Snapshot I’ve been using Quicken to do this over the last month. I’ve been intending to write a review of it, but it’s really difficult. One moment, I’ll think “Wow, why did I ever use a spreadsheet?” and then a few minutes later, I’ll think “That feature’s really annoying.” (@ wise bread)
The Basic Law of Frugality “Decide what’s important to you. Give yourself permission to spend on these things. Pinch pennies on everything else.” That’s pretty spot-on. (@ get rich slowly)
Automating Your Finances Is an Expensive Mistake I don’t trust automating bills that don’t have a regular amount month in and month out. For example, our mortgage is automated but our energy bill isn’t. (@ bargaineering)