The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Ticket Edition

This past week, I received my first automobile ticket in years.

No, it wasn’t for a traffic violation. It was for a complete mental lapse on my own part. I had failed to renew the tag for my truck, so it was sporting an outdated sticker. Boom – immediate fine that was substantially higher than the cost of just renewing it.

Lesson learned. I added the renewal to my calendar so that, even if I don’t happen to receive a renewal notice in the mail for some reason, I know to contact them and make sure it’s renewed. After all, another $85 ticket isn’t really something I need when it can easily be avoided.

Magazines (and Websites) About Homesteading and Self-Sufficiency Growing up, Mother Earth News was a mainstay around our house. I remember leafing through it quite a bit when I was a kid and being often astounded at the kinds of projects that were described in there. (@ get rich slowly)

Turning Spenders Into Savers: Understanding Sales Pitches I usually find sales pitches thoroughly amusing from a purely entertainment perspective, mostly because I don’t understand why people would buy into it. For example, there was a way over the top “Sham-Wow” salesman at the Iowa State Fair last year – it came off like a scam, yet people were buying them by the armload. (@ queercents)

Recession-Proof Your Debt Snowball Some interesting thoughts about how a debt snowball might work a bit different during an economic downturn. (@ frugal dad)

10 Essential Money Skills for a Bad Economy I tend to think that these are essential skills in a good economy as well. (@ zen habits)

Lifestyle Diseases and Personal Finance Obesity, alcoholism, smoking, drug abuse, depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes – all of these are preventable, all of these are expensive, and all of these are often interrelated. Get healthy! (@ personal finance advice)

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