The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Cooking Blog Update Edition

Recently, several readers have asked about my proposed cooking blog. There are really three big factors that have kept me from launching it.

First, I want to have plenty of content built up before I launch. My current plan is for it to have one new post a day, but I want to have a few weeks ready to go before I launch.

Second, each entry is taking a lot of time. This makes me think that I should either wait until I’m blogging full time to launch this thing or else “water down” what I’m doing. Neither one makes me feel good, to tell the truth.

Third, I’m still working on my writing voice over there, trying to find the right tone for writing about food. It’s a little different than writing about the usual topics on The Simple Dollar.

Eventually, I will launch it, but I’d rather do it right than just rush it out. In fact, I may launch another interim project before then.

Regardless, here are some interesting articles for you to read.

Tips for Quick Grocery Shopping The neat thing is that most of these tips also save money at the store as well. I’m a big believer in making a meal plan for the week in advance, so that I can prepare a grocery list and just blow through the store. (@ unclutterer)

Bad Ways To Use Credit: A List of 21 Credit Card Mistakes I committed most of these back in the bad old days. (@ the digerati life)

7 Steps to Turn Your Self-Improvement Desires Into Reality Got dreams but need help getting motivated? Leo has some nice tips. (@ zenhabits)

How Much Is Your Time Worth? I really love thoughts on this question because you get all sorts of interesting answers. For me, I believe most people drastically overestimate what the real value of their time is. They’ll drive their car to work at a $10 an hour job ($8 an hour after taxes), then not bother to make a grocery list and end up wasting an extra $15 at the grocery store on stuff they don’t need. (@ freelance switch)

How to Achieve Your Goals By Surrounding Yourself with Like Minded People I’m a big believer in this. If all of your friends are big spenders, it’s going to be easy to spend like crazy. If all of your friends are frugal, it’s much easier to be frugal. (@ money smart life)

The Simple Dollar Retro: The Constant Tug: Should I Invest Or Should I Pay Off Debt? Right now, we’re in debt repayment mode, at least until our student loans are paid off. At that point, we’ll probably begin to focus on investing. Why? It’s all about the interest rates.

A Guide to Quitting Your Miserable Job The number one thing is to start following your passion. If you hate your job, it’s not your passion in life – find something that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning and you’ll do well at it. (@ pick the brain)

How Can They Afford That? If you’re asking yourself that question, the answer is almost always “a frightening level of debt.” Maybe it should be “frugal living” instead. (@ gather little by little)

Four Steps That Will Increase Your Earning Potential Step number one: read something informative. (@ dumb little man)

The Choice-Minimal Lifestyle: 6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm My favorite one is “don’t provoke deliberation until you can take action.” In other words, don’t check your email just before you leave. (@ the four hour workweek)

Optimize Credit Scores When Eliminating Debt This idea really makes a lot of sense – plus Janice is a really good writer. (@ queercents)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Five Personal Finance Lessons That Rocked Me Like A Hurricane When I Figured Them Out They still do.