Updated on 06.21.11

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Road Trip Edition

Trent Hamm

Our roadtrips tend to involve the following: podcasts, conversation, reading, napping, food produced from paper bags, increasingly frequent restroom stops, games that involve things we see outside the car windows, repeated askings of the infamous question “Are we there yet?”, and complete relief when we actually arrive at our destination.

Facing the Mistakes of Life This is actually an excerpt from The Crown of Individuality by William George Jordan. It’s incredibly worthwhile reading. We all make mistakes in life. The thing that separates successful people from others is how we handle those mistakes. (@ art of manliness)

A Powerful Guide to Active Listening Actually listening to what other people are saying rather than vaguely paying attention as you develop your own witty response can make your conversations go far better and enable you to actually connect with people rather than dazzle them with your “brilliance.” (@ pick the brain)

How to Save Money and Combat Lifestyle Creep The best tactic I know of for this is to be mindful of it. You don’t need to “upgrade.” You don’t need a steady flow of “splurges.” (@ frugal dad)

14 “Dubious” Personal Finance Moves It’s OK to Do. (Really!) Often, the obvious financial move is the wrong one. Sometimes, though, it’s not. (@ len penzo)

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  1. valleycat1 says:

    When I was a kid, with 4 siblings, our road trips also included endless singing of one song – usually Davy Crockett.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Really, food produced from paper bags? Sounds most unappealing. ;)

  3. Brittany says:

    I think it’s also worth noting that a little bit of life-style creep is OKAY. If you’re debt-free and saving for the future, it’s okay to splurge occasionally or upgrade your life. I think the best tactic for this is not an iron-clad “I will not spend money ever.” philosophy, but rather committing to living on a certain percentage of your salary and then keeping that percentage consistent (or reducing it, in the case of large raises) as your income grows–you can slowly build a higher quality of life while not getting in over your head financially.

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