The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Pure Imagination Edition

One of the fun things about being a parent is introducing your child to some of the things that built your own fondest memories of a child. Sometimes they react with indifference. Sometimes with a smile.

And sometimes, like with the old Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie, they react with pure delight.

Busting the Myths: Why Coupons Are a Valuable Part of Your Financial Arsenal I’m a big believer in food coupons, particularly non-food ones. They really help with saving money, particularly if you hold onto them and make them overlap with store sales. (@ get rich slowly)

Focus and self control at the heart of uncluttering and productivity A few days ago on Twitter, I said “Only one thing really determines success at anything in life: control over your thoughts and impulses.” The more control and focus you have, the more likely you are to succeed at anything. (@ unclutterer)

Four Huge Pitfalls of “Lifestyle Design” I think the idea of “lifestyle design” as it is commonly bandied about is a bit over the top. The life that’s really worth designing isn’t one where you have some vague business that mints money for you – that almost never happens. Instead, just find things in your work and in your life that bring you joy regardless of the “rules” others put out for you. That’s lifestyle design. (@ erica douglass)

Suggestions For Women Seeking a Raise This is another problem that will gradually go by the wayside as more and more people enter the workforce and see that gender doesn’t really mean too much when it comes to doing pretty much anything in the modern workplace. (@ consumerism commentary)