The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Old Connections Edition

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been surprised to find that several people that I used to know quite well in the past are quiet regular readers of The Simple Dollar. People from college, people from high school, and people from my earlier professional life are actually readers – something I would have barely believed a little while back.

So, if any of you are lurking out there and would like to get in touch, please drop me a line. I’d really love to hear from you!

First, I have a pair of new articles up at OPEN Forum.

The first is 8 Simple Rules for Practicing Frugality while Traveling for Your Business, which offers up several tips for saving money when you’re out and about on business travel.

The other one is Getting Maximum Value from Your Local Small Business Association, which talks about the value of building small business connections in your local community, even if your business is online-based and not connected to the community.

And now, for some personal finance articles of interest.

Not Much Convenience in Convenience Foods A powerful argument that convenience foods aren’t really convenient in terms of effort. They’re only convenient in that they just require almost no kitchen expertise. In other words, they don’t prey on time, they prey on ignorance, and people that pay more for the convenience foods are paying for that ignorance. Really interesting perspective. (@ grist via bitten)

Free Marriage Counseling: Do It Yourself Here’s the thing: most counseling boils down to just having a conversation where both people feel safe and some guidance is offered. Very rarely does a counselor actually make a decision – they just guide participants to their own decisions. So what’s keeping you from doing it yourself? (@ art of manliness)

6 Sure-Fire Ways to Stop Feeling Jealous Jealousy drives a huge number of workplace and personal problems. If you’re feeling jealous of someone, you need to deal with that jealousy. (@ pick the brain)

How Giving Changes Everything Giving of yourself comes back to you multiplied – I’ve found this to be true again and again and again. (@ zen habits)

Having It All This article by Erin Doland is fantastic, outlining in detail the life-changing value of minimizing clutter in all aspects of your life. (@ unclutterer)

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