The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Edition

Over the past year, I’ve been experimenting a lot with my personal website, Should it just be a puff piece that promotes me? Should I have some long essays or short stories on there?

What I eventually realized, though, is that the thing I enjoy doing the most is simply sharing interesting links on all kinds of stuff – sports, science, politics, personal growth, religion, books, and so on – and then adding my own comments. I realized this because I often find that putting together these weekly roundups is my favorite post I do on The Simple Dollar all week, because it gives me an excuse to read what others are writing and add a bit of my own thoughts.

So, if you go to now, that’s exactly what you’ll find. You’ll find little bits of stuff – mostly links to things that interest me, but also quotes that inspire me and other things here and there, including updates on my life. In fact, that’ll probably be the first place I say anything when our upcoming baby arrives sometime later this month.

Check it out. I hope you’ll visit it every once in a while.

Beware of the Expensive-Gym-Membership Effect This is something of a video-ized version of this older post. I tend to agree that buying something in itself won’t make your life any better – it can only serve to heighten something you already enjoy. If it doesn’t do that, then it’s almost always a waste of money. (@ happiness project)

21 Best Pieces of Money Advice This is a really solid, though-provoking, diverse list of ideas. (@ cnn money via free money finance)

Letting Go to Succeed In order to truly succeed at life, there are a lot of things that a person has to let go of. Past failures. Self-doubt. The list goes on and on. (@ pick the brain)

How to Design Your Circle of Friends I’m a big believer in the idea of choosing friends that bring out the best in who you are rather than bringing out the worst. Such friends will always help you walk the path to a better life. (@ dumb little man)

Would You Rather Receive a Refund or Owe More Taxes? I would far, far rather owe more taxes (as long as there were no extra penalties for doing so) than to receive a refund. Owing more taxes means I kept more money in my own savings throughout the year, whereas receiving a refund means I gave a free loan to Uncle Sam. (@ consumerism commentary)

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