Updated on 11.08.11

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Snow Edition

Trent Hamm

I woke up this morning to the first snow of the year. Thankfully, it’s going to melt away in the next few hours so I don’t have to pull out the snowblower, but I did get to have some fun teaching my one year old how to throw a snowball at his four year old sister.

7 Ways to Simplify Your Life The one that really works for me at this point in my life is “early to bed and early to rise.” If I get a good night of sleep so that I can rise with the children and still feel fully rested, I tend to have a very productive day. I think the key is simply knowing yourself well enough to know when you’re most productive during a day and rework your day so you can capitalize on that. (@ pick the brain)

Selling Thrift Store Finds for Profit on eBay I have profited several times from thrift store finds, but it was almost exclusively due to trading or due to finding something at a very inexpensive price that worked perfectly as a gift. Thrifting is really worthwhile, but you’ve got to be willing to walk by 999 pieces of junk to find the one gem. (@ minting nickels)

Manging versus Micromanaging Your Money I think that micromanaging can eventually grow into simply having very strong natural behaviors for conserving money. I believe that’s exactly what happened to me over a multi-year period. (@ broke professionals)

What good interview questions are actually trying to discover During the job interviews I’ve had and that I’ve conducted, I’ve felt that it was really valuable to know what traits the person asking the questions is looking for. This is actually a pretty good list. (@ seth’s blog)

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  1. Steven says:

    Selling on eBay has become more hassle than it’s worth. And as eBay continues to gouge sellers with a variety of ever increasing fees, it makes it difficult to come out ahead. Lately I’ve found that the deals to be had on eBay are few and far between, and as a seller, items aren’t capturing the prices they deserve (from a collector’s standpoint.) Maybe it’s a reflection of the overall economy, but eBay isn’t what it used to be.

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  3. valleycat1 says:

    I can see how micromanaging cash flow in/out for awhile can be helpful when getting started toward more fiscal responsbility. But long term, regular money management is healthier.

    What gets insane is when someone micro-manages their budget, to the extent that they’ve spent all the food budget & are eating generic cereal for all meals at the end of the month, but still have money in a discretionary category that they will only spend on the assigned category (clothes, pet, saving toward a trip, etc). I know at least 2 people who do this.

  4. Kristina says:

    Ok – I micromanage my money – in that I have a budeget for every penny and update my spreadsheets nearly daily. But I have no problem going in the negative in one category as long as the whole picture looks good – and you can transfer from one column to another to avoid eating ramen – this is not rocket science, it’s just keeping track of ‘gee I overspent on fun stuff this month, I should probably not buy that new dress, but move money from clothes to fun for next month’

  5. krantcents says:

    I am selling a couple of antiques I inherited which do not fit in with our house.

  6. Steven says:

    PS- A snowblower for a couple inches of snow? C’mon Trent.

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