Updated on 04.05.09

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Thank You Edition

Trent Hamm

On behalf of myself and my family, thank you to the hundreds (perhaps thousands) of readers who directly sent us messages of condolence – and a few small memorial gifts as well. It is truly, truly appreciated.

How to Make Money with a Blog Ever wondered how exactly a blog makes money? This is perhaps the best one-page description of how to do it that I’ve yet read. (@ christian pf)

Personal Finance Hour J.D. Roth from Get Rich Slowly and Jim Wang from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity have started a weekly radio show. You can download the older episodes at their website – they’re pretty good.

Clothing Swaps: A Twist on “Girl’s Night Out” Having social support for frugality is key, but many people have a hard time finding that support. This is a brilliant idea for making a very fun, social, frugal evening. (@ seattle times via unclutterer)

How to Survive (and Perhaps Thrive) on a Teacher’s Salary Excellent advice for the millions of teachers out there, particularly those who have suddenly found themselves as the sole breadwinner in a home where their partner is newly unemployed. (@ wisebread)

How to Build Your Social Circle I’ve repeatedly discussed how valuable a social circle can be, but it’s often difficult to build one from scratch, particularly if you live in a new area. This is some great advice on getting started. (@ dumb little man)

Daydreams: Living Off the Grid I often dream of this very thing – getting a little piece of land out in the country, setting up a big garden and some small-scale organic livestock farming, and getting as off the grid as possible with things like a wind turbine for our electrical needs. (@ frugal dad)

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  1. Mule Skinner says:

    Re living off the grid: To me this is funny because I have long thought that I could live anywhere so long as I had electricity coming in. That makes other things possible, like a pump to pull up well water, like a block heater to help get your car started on a cold morning, like instantaneous illumination wherever you want it. That grid would be hard for me to give up.

  2. ChristianPF says:

    Thanks for the mention Trent – I appreciate it!

  3. Jules says:

    One of the things that keeps me from wanting a farm with livestock is that I’d have to kill something at some point (even if it’s not for food–an animal gets hurt, or sick, to the point where recovery is impossible and the most humane thing is a quick death). I’m sure I could–I’ve sacked my fair share of lab mice and rats–but it’s something that would seriously hinder my ability to enjoy the simple life.

  4. viola says:

    Thanks for the how to make money on a blog post and how to build a social circle. Great for introverts like myself

  5. Battra92 says:

    Maybe it’s my bias working for a Util co. (Not Electric) but I don’t think that it’s really all that possible for long stretches of time. Sure you can make enough to supplement the grid but honestly, I think it’s more of a pipe dream unless you want to live like a Hillbilly.

  6. Linsey Knerl says:

    I appreciate the mention, Trent! I also find it interesting that you linked to a great grid piece. We’ve been slowly but surely getting into “homestead” mode here in rural Nebraska, and living off-grid would be icing on the cake. Keep up the great work!

  7. Anna says:

    Living off the grid does not mean giving up electricity. I grew up in a house powered by a windmill, and I have cousins who did the same.

  8. Georgia says:

    I have lived in large and small cities and the country, and I have loved them all. Each have wonderful benefits. Luckily, the small town I live in now is 1-3 hours away from larger cities-Quincy, IL; St. Louis and Kansas City, MO-where I can get the benefit of things I cannot get in a small town. Last month I attended a Symphony Choral concert in a city one hour away. This town is too small to have one. But, hey, I’m a good driver and can go when needed.

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