The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Summer Planning Edition

During this coming summer, I’m departing on a ten day trip to the West Coast, as well as a few other long weekends at various locations around the Midwest.

This happens during most summers for me, so spring is usually filled with writing posts in advance to cover the periods when I am traveling. Travel with three young children makes things particularly challenging, so I often don’t even look at the site or my email for days during these periods.

Anyway, this does also include reader mailbags. So, I am in the process of selecting some of the questions I get for reader mailbags over the next week or two and putting some of the more timeless (or less urgent) questions in mailbags that will appear at various points during the summer.

Just thought I’d let you know. I do receive roughly 250 reader mailbag questions per week, so I have to trim them down as best I can (removing similar questions, removing excessively long ones, removing ones that are heavily negative, etc.).

Surround Yourself with Passionate People You reflect your friends. If your friends are passionate people who are excited about life and are always wanting to get out there and achieve something, you’ll quickly feel the same way. (@ zen habits)

Do Programmable Thermostats Really Save Money? They absolutely do if you don’t fuss with them. The problem is, people seem to fuss with them a lot. If a programmable thermostat doesn’t save you money, it’s not the thermostat’s fault. (@ get rich slowly)

Does Education Matter for Freelancers? I think it matters a bit, but the person involved matters more. (@ freelance switch)

The Gift of Zero Just a fantastic story, from start to finish. (@ minting nickels)

15 Things People Forget to Budget For Many of the items on this list boil down to irregular bills. I know that, among many people I know, irregular bills (like insurance) can be really painful if they don’t have their ducks in a row. (@ accumulating money)

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