Updated on 03.06.12

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Springing Forth Edition

Trent Hamm

On Sunday, we had a snowstorm that deposited several inches on the ground and left me shoveling the driveway.

On Tuesday, the temperature reached 70 F and I went on a long walk in short sleeves.

Spring springs suddenly.

Marginal Tax Rate VS Effective Tax Rate – What are They and How do They Affect You? I see mistakes made all the time when people publicly discuss income tax rates. Here you’ll find out how they really work. (@ free from broke)

How To Use Freecycle: Save Money, Reduce Clutter I constantly watch Craigslist and Freecycle for items, both to give away and sell as well as to post them myself. (@ christian pf)

How to choose your retirement investments in your portfolio What makes this post strong is how it explains in clear terms what a lot of the common terms used in investment writing actually mean. (@ sense to save)

How A Boring, Unfulfilling Job Accidentally Revealed My Passions And A Meaningful Direction For My Life A dead-end job doesn’t have to deaden you. (@ pick the brain)

How Much Should You Pay the Babysitter? (Well, That Depends.) We haven’t paid our last three babysitters. How? We participate in babysitting exchanges, plus our parents practically demand to watch our children sometimes. (@ len penzo)

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  1. Chris says:

    I wanted to join freecycle but was not “accepted”. :(

  2. Maria says:

    Sounds like winter in North Florida – minus the snow.
    Drive to work with the heater on , drive home with the AC on.

  3. Kai says:

    I got rejected from my local freecycle at first too. I sent them an email asking them to please take another look at my case and make sure I wasn’t being confused with someone else, since I had no freecycle history and no reason for rejection. I did end up getting accepted.
    But while the theory’s great, I haven’t been too impressed with the execution myself.
    Though I enjoyed the comments I received when I offered out a trebuchet…

  4. David says:

    If you’ve actually got a trebuchet I would gladly take it off your hands – just the thing to assist in my efforts to sabotage the London Olympic Games. If you haven’t… well, at least the freecycle admission policy was working well for a while.

  5. deRuiter says:

    Freecycle sounds like a good idea, but to have to JOIN to give away things, you’re kidding, right? Craigslist doesn’t demand a big song and dance to give things away to others. You put a quick listing under “garage sales” for the free stuff, post a photo if you feel ambitious, and voila! It’s gone. You can also do an ad if the item is useable and put a modest price on it if you want to recoup a little of your invested money and / or time while painlessly passing on the item. I’ve given away small trees and shrubs (the taker had to dig them), furniture, LP albums, mirrors, picture frames, a set of charis needing work. It’s so much nicer to know the things are taken to be used. This is an EXCELLENT way to get rid of bulky items the day after a yard or estate sale. There’s something about the word “free” on Craigslist which is like blood in the water to sharks, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. I WANT SOMEONE TO COME AND TAKE THE ORPHAN STUFF after the sale to save me from having to carry it to the curb or pay for a dumpster. Free is great, giving or getting! Free can be great fun!

  6. Kai says:

    I believe you usually join freecycle because you hope to collect some free things as well as get rid of your own stuff. If you’re just clearing out, there’s no reason to use it over craigslist or similar.

    I don’t have the trebuchet any more. It went *very* quickly. :D

  7. David says:

    Rats. Will just have to go back to work on the thermo-nuclear device disguised as a Big Mac. Oh, well.

  8. Kacie says:

    I was so startled to see a link to my own post here! Thank you so much (not that I expect you to see this comment, but if ya do…thanks. :)

  9. Kai says:

    The trebuchet was surprisingly simple. Should be fairly scale-up-able…

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