The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Final Countdown Edition

Since turning in my resignation, things have been absolutely crazy, with my current employers making tons and tons of requests of me, mostly in terms of making preparations for my eventual replacement. One part of this is a trip to the east coast, which I’m about to depart on – probably the last business trip I’ll take until (hopefully) I go on a book tour.

Anyway, here are some interesting articles of note.

The Art of Negotiation: Fifteen Steps to Success Good advice for any situation where you might be negotiating, from a job interview to a raise request to attempting to sell a book deal. (@ dumb little man)

Becoming a Saver When You Like To Spend This isn’t easy, and it’s something that took years of battling for me to get under control. (@ gather little by little)

Decimate Those “Someday” Projects with Triangulation Basically, be proactive. I have a lot of huge goals, but they’ll never happen if I don’t take that first step. (@ life clever)

College at Stanford Is Now Effectively Free. So What’s Your Excuse? I was accepted at several top-tier schools, but I couldn’t afford to go to any of them. Their financial aid packages still left me paying more each year than my parents had ever brought in – and that didn’t include the burden of traveling. I wound up going to a state school. (@ i will teach you to be rich)

What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn’t Fail? I like this question better than “what would you do if you had a million dollars?” because it eliminates the easy “do nothing at all” answer that a lot of people give. This one actually nails what you’re passionate about. (@ jonathan fields / awake at the wheel)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Making A Major Life Change: Is It Time For Kathy To Abandon The City? A great look at the desire to move from the city to the country.

I Blew $5,000 in Learning How Not to Invest Investing is definitely one of those things that is greatly helped by educating yourself before you jump into the deep end of the pool. (@ generation x finance)

Five Things To Do To (Or For) Your Accountant At Tax Time At least through this year, I do my own taxes – I love the numbers. In future years, though, we’re thinking about using an accountant of some kind. (@ freelance switch)

Reasons for Rise in Mid-Life Suicides I know of at least a few depressed people in their midlife years – I think it’s a realization that a lot of their youthful dreams aren’t going to happen. The comments here are excellent. (@ my open wallet)

Friences and Money: Coping with Social Spending Situations I’ve found that switching to more frugal activities often reveals who your friends are – and who the people who just hang around and do expensive stuff are. (@ get rich slowly)

They Want to Make Money Fast When I was in college, there was a guy in the dorms who tried out every pyramid scheme known to man in an effort to get rich quickly. They all tanked. He would have been better off working on his actual studies. (@ the digerati life)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Should Men And Women Receive Different Personal Finance Advice? This post opened up quite a bit of controversy.

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