The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Strep Edition

Over the last week, everyone in my house (except me) has been sick with strep, diarrhea, a severe cold, a severe flu, or some combination thereof. My wife, my two year old son, and my infant daughter have all been down and out for days and are just now recovering. I wound up taking two days off simply to care for the children, and my wife took a day off just to rest while I was herding the sick kids.

Somehow, I’ve not been sick. I had a slight sore throat one morning, but it was gone by mid-day. How come? I contribute it to two things: I’m eating somewhat better and I’m getting more exercise than I have in years. Both, interestingly enough, are the result of moving in July. We live in a three story home with our family room on the lowest floor and our bedrooms on the top floor, which means that many times a day, we buzz up and down multiple flights of stairs, naturally increasing the level of exercise we get in a day, plus I now have more room and privacy to do my own exercising. Even more important, we now have a full sized and fully functional kitchen, which has caused our home food preparation to skyrocket and a lot more vegetables to find their way into my diet.

The end result is that, for the first time in many years, I’ve gone through an Iowa winter without getting a severe cold (so far). Most winters, I get two or three bad colds, but nothing so far this year. My only explanation is the diet and the exercise.

Anyway, on with some posts of interest.

You’ve Got Money: Invest It All or Dollar Cost Average? One big value-add to dollar cost averaging that’s left out here is that it takes no effort once you start it. You can just set up an automatic investment plan, sit back, and just let it happen. Other strategies require continuous effort or else a large lump sum at the start. (@ the digerati life)

Is Your Work Getting in the Way of Your Life? It depends on how engaged I am at work, truthfully. There are times when I can’t wait to get to work and it’s practically the highlight of my day – at other times, it feels like an obstacle. (@ pick the brain)

The Character of Thrift A collection of interesting musings on the character traits that lead a person down the road of frugality. (@ queercents)

Sustainable Consumption’s “Double Dividend” This takes an interesting perspective on the idea that sustainable living has extra costs – it’s much like buying a stock that pays dividends over the long haul. (@ no impact man)

When Bargain Hunting Is an Addiction I think this is more of a spending addiction than a saving addiction. The moment you buy something that you wouldn’t normally buy just because it’s on sale, you’ve got a problem with spending. (@ moneycentral via mighty bargain hunter)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Twelve Tactics for Defeating the Starbucks Habit A reader is badly addicted to Starbucks, so I suggest how to get off the train.

A Simple Follow-Up Formula One of the biggest failings for most people when trying to build professional relationships is a lack of follow-up. This article has some excellent tips on how to take that next step in building a valuable connection with someone. (@ freelance switch)

Handling a Bank Error in my Favor? The best solution is to just pretend that money isn’t there. Hopefully, the bank error put that money into an interest-bearing account, so you can at least recoup that. (@ my money blog)

What Warring First Graders Taught Me About Perceived Value I couldn’t help but think about my own experiences trading baseball cards on the playground when I was in first grade. (@ jonathan fields / awake at the wheel)

How to Get a Great Deal on a New Car, Parts I, II, and III This is an excellent series on the process of getting a new car. I’m fairly sure we’re going to go through this process in the near future as we replace my wife’s car with a van, so this is good info to have and to think about. (@ gather little by little)

Green Shopping Bags Recently, I’ve been hearing rumors that a local grocery store chain will start reducing your bill if you bring your own bag, and now Whole Foods is dropping plastic bags altogether. Here’s a good article on bringing your own bag when you’re shopping, and whether/how it saves money. (@ birds and bills)

The Simple Dollar Retro: Ten Steps To Financial Success For A Minimum Wage Earner Many of you have seen comments from “Minimum Wage” on The Simple Dollar, complaining about his (or her) minimum wage job. Here’s my response.

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