The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Endless Winter Edition

This has been the worst winter I have seen in my adult life. We have had several snowfalls of more than six inches over the last two months and the snow has always been at least several inches deep on the ground constantly since early December (starting with the amazing December 8 blizzard).

This winter has finally pushed my wife and I to purchase a snowblower, something we’d managed to avoid for the past two winters in our home. I had been able to keep up with a shovel (and occasional generosity from a very kind neighbor), but after the third or fourth significant snowfall, it didn’t cut the mustard any more. I researched the snow blowers available near here, purchased one, and have used it seven times already to blow snow from our driveway and sidewalks.

Even worse: the long term forecasts have at least five (!) more significant snowfalls by the end of the month.

It’s deep enough that I’m going to clear off my deck today (by hand) because I’m worried about the sheer weight of the snow sitting on it.

I am really looking forward to spring at this point.

The world’s easiest first step into growing your own local food This actually works really well. It’s one of those things you can do in your own kitchen and it’s easy enough that kids can really get into it and learn something about where food comes from as well. (@ no impact man)

The World Belongs to Those Who Hustle Not hustle in the “rip people off” sense, but in the “strive harder” sense. The person who goes home from work and pushes themselves to improve will always eventually come out on top. (@ art of manliness)

Who’s In Charge of Your Life? We all like to think that we are, but if we find ourselves saying “How high?” when someone else tells us to jump, who’s really in charge? Who’s in charge of your life? Who would you like to not have in charge of your life? (@ dumb little man)

Reader Story: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Moved in with Mom Moving back in with mom and dad doesn’t have to be a sign of failure if you come at it with the right plan and the right attitude. It can be the boost you need to move forward from where you are right now. (@ get rich slowly)

How to enlist Gmail to sell your Craigslist items for you I have an item (or maybe two) that I’m seriously considering putting up on Craigslist, but I was worried about how to handle another deluge of questions. This seems like a brilliant idea, one I’m going to use. (@ mighty bargain hunter)