Updated on 12.03.08

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Recovery Edition

Trent Hamm

As some of you are aware, I’ve been recovering from a very nasty illness (or series of illnesses) for a while now. Some days are truly better than others with this. There are days where I feel pretty much normal, while other days I seem to completely run out of energy in the middle of the day.

As they say, two steps forward and one step back.

Here are some articles I’ve enjoyed lately.

The 3 Day Cooling Off Period: Myth and Reality My wife made this same mistake a few months ago, vastly overpaying for a magazine subscription from a door-to-door solicitor. (@ get rich slowly)

When Is Something Too Expensive? My gut feeling is that whenever you have to ask yourself if something is too expensive, it is too expensive. (@ gather little by little)

100 Money Saving Tips for a Holiday Gift-Giving Bonanza This is a really good collection of holiday tips! (@ blueprint for financial prosperity)

12 Frugal Things You Can Do This Week It’s so easy to make little choices to spend money. Life hands you many, many opportunities for it. (@ being frugal)

My Favorite Guides to Frugal Living Are Not Guides to Frugal Living I often find some of my best ideas in places that are about as far from frugality as one might imagine. The New Yorker, for example, often inspires my ideas. (@ wise bread)

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  1. Lynnae says:

    I hope you feel better soon. Take it easy.

    And thanks for the mention!

  2. Chris says:

    Thanks for the links Trent. Hope you feel better!

    I don’t know if this is considered bad form, but I wrote an article last week that I think might some of the readers here may enjoy. It’s called “The Best Way To Save Money This Christmas.” Please click my link below to check it out.

    I’m only putting this out there because I feel passionately about what I have written. Thank you Trent for all of your writing!

  3. Sandeep Goswami says:

    Take care!

  4. I would like to mention one of my own posts for The Simple Dollar reader. 40 Ways To Save Money On Textbooks – http://adawnjournal.com/2008/11/26/40-ways-to-save-money-on-textbooks/
    A Dawn Journal

  5. Sharon says:

    Trent–I hope you feel better soon, but let me offer a piece of advice. Most illnesses will go away in a week or so. If you are having a series of illnesses…you need to go to the doctor. Your immune system is overloaded and you may benefit from anti-biotics and some serious rest. Extra sleep, vitamins, and a couple of days of vegging out reading or watching tv, EVEN if you are feeling better may be needed.
    Sorry for getting all big-sistery on you. I guess you are beginning to feel like family to all of your readers….

  6. Rahul says:

    We hope for a quick recovery to you. May you have a full recovery soon.

  7. jim says:

    Feel better soon man, I think I’ve come down with something too and my wife is still asleep having taken the day off (and she actually got a flu shot!).


  8. Hi Trent,

    I think you reviewed the book, “The Millionare Next Door” and it’s a great read in any economic period, but I think it’s especially important in today’s economy.

    The principles of:

    – living a middle class life (even if you resources beyond middle class living)
    – buying a reliable car (Honda or Toyota)
    – living in a house that is just right (3 bedroom)
    – living in a solid neighborhood (not ritzy)
    – and just living below your means in general

    especially important and I think are ggreat “frugal” bits of information!

    I wrote a “get your house in order for the economic dowturn” back in Oct and I think it has some good, frugal living tips, as well: http://www.scordo.com/blog/2008/10/get-your-house-in-order-for-th.html



  9. Get well soon!

    The first article was interesting…opportunities like that have presented themselves to me TWICE this week. The first one was a meat salesman, and the second was a furniture company with a truck full that they said they were selling at cost, due to a delivery problem. Mmmhmm. I resisted, but still, I could feel the temptation to buy without thinking.

  10. Kevin says:

    Anyone have any ideas on the best place to sell DVDs online? I thought of Craigslist but any other ideas?

  11. Marle says:

    I bought a magazine subscription from a door-to-door college student salesman once, too. However, the reason I regret it was not the magazine. It was the random $15 a month services they signed me up for. And yes, I know for sure it was them because I received a call thanking me for my magazine purchase, then informing me that I was now signed up for PrivacyMaxx and some shopping discount thing, both of. I told the caller I didn’t sign up for that, but she couldn’t cancel them since she wasn’t from their company. Fortunately I had one month free for both of them so I had time to cancel them without paying any money, but I have never been so angry at a company. I will never buy anything from someone like that again. I should have been skeptical when the guy told me that he got bonuses for selling to nurses, so he wondered if I minded if he put down I’m a nurse (I’m not). Yeah. Poor college students need to find legitamite ways to make money.

  12. Anna says:

    My standard response to telephone and door-to-door sales people and evangelists:

    “No, thank you. Not interested. Goodbye.”

    If the person is someone I know, or from a cause I respect, I soften the blow this way:

    “Thank you, but I have a firm policy about not responding to calls like this, even if I am sympathetic. I respond only to materials that arrive in the mail.”

    (Note that I say “response,” which doesn’t necessarily mean “purchase” or “donate” and leaves me free to make my own decisions in private.)

    This standard response does the job and saves me from having to think up something new every time. Anything I want to know about or purchase, I can research for myself. I owe nothing to strangers who intrude on my life. The probability that such a person is peddling something I want or need and can obtain in no other way is zero.

  13. Tori says:

    Trent, I’ve been in your shoes and I know how much it sucks. If you’re not satisfied with the response from your doctor, seek a second opinion. I hope you feel better soon.

  14. Shevy says:

    Sorry to hear you’re still not 100%. I’m wishing you a complete and speedy recovery.

  15. Carrick says:

    Oh man, hope it’s nothing more serious than a series of bad colds…. :(

  16. tightwadfan says:

    I hope you feel better soon Trent.

    I get a lot of invitations for multi-level-marketing parties (Stampin Up, Pampered Chef, Longaberger Baskets, etc). It’s kind of a social pressure situation – the stuff is overpriced but if you know the hostess or demonstrator you want to help them out. There certainly were a lot of exceptions to the 3-day rule but if you’re like me it’s good to know that most MLM party purchases qualify.

    A couple of years ago a young man came to my door selling magazine subscriptions to “raise money for his school”. I didn’t want any of the magazines but I wanted to help him out so I said I would like to make a donation directly to the school. He said he would get back to me with the information but I never saw him again.

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