Updated on 06.27.11

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Finger Cut Edition

Trent Hamm

Yesterday, while working on a propane grill, I cut my finger badly enough that a piece of it was actually removed from my finger. It hurt intensely and it’s left me in a state where I can’t type normally.

In other words, if you find that I miss a post or two in the next week or two, that’s probably the reason why.

What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking and Sacred Space I try to give myself an hour of downtime each day for preparation for my work. Sometimes, it’s difficult to find that time, but I’m always glad when I do. I usually come up with my best ideas during that hour of focused downtime. (@ the 99 percent)

Action, not Words: The Difference Between Talkers and Doers I went through a World of Warcraft addiction a few years ago (pre-Simple Dollar, I think), so I completely understand what he’s saying. (@ get rich slowly)

Creating a Weekly Meal Plan This is an absolutely essential piece of our budgeting for food. Without such planning, it would be much harder to keep our food budget under control. (@ unclutterer)

20 personal money practices that got me to a place of grooving prosperity This is simply an excellent list of money practices. It’s well worth a read-through! (@ white hot truth)

8 Benefits of Reading (or Ways Reading Makes You Better at Life) I’m a huge proponent of reading and I make it a regular part of my life. This article spells out quite well the value of reading. (@ life dev)

Ten Myths About Happiness To me, happiness is a natural outgrowth of a life that’s in the right place. (@ happiness project)

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  1. bogart says:

    So sorry to hear about your finger — I hope that it will be OK and that you’re able to take it easy while it heals.

  2. valleycat1 says:

    I’m a little surprised at Trent’s recommendation from white hot truth – most of her approach to money is quite the opposite to his.

    Also, all of the links I followed are for old posts (some are several years old). I guess it’s nice that Trent saved us time by picking out some of the blogs’ older articles, but I prefer round-ups & suggestions linked to more current posts.

  3. jackie says:

    Trent, please see a doctor ASAP!
    I cut my finger 10 days ago. I was so busy dealing with the bleeding I didn’t notice for 2 days that it doesn’t bend normally anymore. By that time it was too late for the ER and I foolishly didn’t plan ahead three weeks for my injury, which is what it takes for me to find a family doctor accepting both my insurance and new patients. (the nurse hotline told me to see my family doctor, so that’s where I started.) So I ended up in what I thought was an urgent care clinic, but is really an urgent nurse’s clinic (no doctors on staff) for a tetanus shot a splint and referral to see a surgeon ASAP. Again, they’re all booked up for weeks. I’m still waiting for my appointment, my finger doesn’t bend all the way and has numb patches and the splint is making me hold my hand in an uncomfortable position that I think is to blame for a new pain in my hand and wrist and I’m terrified that it’s all healing in the wrong way. All this for a 1/4 inch cut across my knuckles sustained while washing dishes.

    Please excuse typos. Typing is not easy with a splinted index finger.

  4. StacySix says:

    Here’s hoping for a swift and uncomplicated recovery for you! It’s frightening how fast things can go wrong.

  5. Roberta says:

    Trent – Reference that finger – at the risk of sounding over-cautious, you may well need to get a doctor’s opinion to see if you need stitches, and to double check you are current on your tetanus shot.

    Today’s links were very interesting – loved the one on reading, and strongly weigh in on the practice of meal planning….. it is one skill which has been invaluable to me. Even if you aren’t on a very tight budget, it is a real sanity saver. I went from single to married, three children in less than four years, a three year period where I single parented those three since hubby was working out of state, a fourth child, a terminally ill parent moving in with us until she passed away, oh and 13 moves in 22 years, three of them overseas, and finally to full time at home parenting of four boys while hubby earned the income and am now down to one of the four kids at home full time. One constant for us has been thinking ahead and planning, even if somewhat loosely, what we would eat. It may not have saved us awesome amounts of money, but it saved most of my sanity LOL. Even now with just one at home, I still look at the calendar, figure out what the week’s schedule is going to be like with church, school, sports, community activities, meetings etc and think about what we’d like to eat. I use a wipeoff board and list snacks, breakfasts, lunches and suppers. It was good for the kids to know what was fair game (oh – there are bananas and milk for snacks today, but leave the leftover fried chicken alone, it’s for supper), helped prevent eating the same things over and over, helped me use up what’s in cupboards, fridge and freezer before they go bad…. the few minutes of planning every week was a tremendous time, sanity and money saver in the long run.

    One blog I really enjoy Totally Together Journal, and she writes about meal planning as one aspect of staying organized. (Her 2008 slow-cooker challenge was a hoot to follow!)

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