The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Lunch Edition

One of the best little things about having this baby is that my wife is home every day. I get to eat lunch with her every day. My morning and afternoon breaks usually involve chatting with her instead of just stretching and wasting time for a while. I get to hold the baby for a while, too, during the breaks.

The Oracle of Silicon Valley A worthwhile read, but one quote really stood out at me. “Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don’t want to run out of gas on your trip, but you’re not doing a tour of gas stations. You have to pay attention to money, but it shouldn’t be about the money.” (@ inc via kottke)

Get Your Garage Ready for Summer This was high on my to-do list recently, but a funny thing happened on the way to the forum. When our child was born last week, my parents and in-laws came to visit, and my father and father-in-law cannot sit still. So, out of boredom, they did this out in our garage, getting rid of a lot of obvious junk, rearranging some stuff, and leaving some questionable items out for me to look through. (@ unclutterer)

Is Putting in a Swimming Pool Worth It? After working through the calculations, Darwin concludes that the pool will cost him $67 per use over a fifteen year lifespan. Ouch. However, one thing to consider is that a good pool installation will increase his property value substantially, meaning the potential is there to make at least some of that money back. (@ darwin’s finance)

44 Ways to Ruin Your Financial Life By Age 30 The astounding thing (for me, anyway) is how many of these things I actually did along the way. Early adulthood is just filled with potholes that we’re just not mature or experienced enough to see. (@ frugal dad)

When to Quit Traveling The challenge of balancing all of the various things we want in life is a tricky one. At some point, you eventually have to decide that a specific element or two is most important to you and chase it. (@ man vs. debt)

Customer Service: Politeness vs. Demands You always have more success with honey than with vinegar when it comes to customer service interactions. Never, ever lose your temper at the poor representative on the phone with you, who is often a hired person trained to read a script. Be patient and kind and work through things slowly. (@ consumerism commentary)

Comcast, Round #3 There’s not an amount that I could be saving that would be worth this kind of non-stop hassle. I’m quite happy to jump ship and even pay more if companies treat me like this, and I avoid companies that do things like this like the plague. (@ free money finance)