The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Insightful Questions Edition

Over the last few weeks, my children have been absolutely loaded with insightful and challenging questions. Why do people look different than each other? Why is the sky blue, since you just read that it’s red on Mars? How do we know there is a God? How do we decide if something is right or wrong?

Some variation on each of these questions has popped out of the mouth of one of my children in the last two weeks. Each one has been met with the best answer I could give to a six year old and/or a four year old, trying to maintain accuracy while still trying to keep things on a reasonable level of complexity. Each one has led to a running discussion that’s lasted days (with gaps in the middle for them to stew on the questions).

If you actually focus on trying to answer the questions your children ask you as well as you possibly can instead of giving trite answers, you can learn a lot of things yourself.

Money Tips for New Grads There are so many giant money mistakes that people freshly out of school will make. For many of them (myself included), the experience is a necessary one. For the wise student, it’s not. (@ narrow bridge)

Why You Need to Stop Wasting Your Time Chasing Passive Income I get emails from people all the time who want me to write about passive income, which they seem to believe is a route to making money without working. Passive income doesn’t work that way. You have to do a lot of work up front for pretty much nothing in order to make passive income. (@ studenomics)

Bike Your Way to a Healthier, Richer, Happier You I absolutely love my bicycle. Riding it around town is a highlight of almost any day that involves my bike. (@ prairie eco thrifter)

Brown-Bagging Without Boredom My biggest challenge with leftovers is remembering them. I had to work to establish a routine of using leftovers. (@ get rich slowly)

Is Amazon Prime Worth the Cost? If you find yourself ordering something from Amazon once a month and with each order you find yourself adding something you don’t really need or want to your cart just to get free shipping, then Prime is probably worth it. You’ll spend less over the long haul. (@ one frugal girl)

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