The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Volunteerism Edition

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, spring’s arrival means that my volunteerism goals are starting to kick into shape. My goal for the year is 200 hours of community service, which breaks down to about four hours a week.

This week, my volunteer hours are going to top off at somewhere around ten, making up for some of the slower winter weeks, and this should be a consistent number for the next several weeks (at least). The biggest piece of that time comes from coaching a youth soccer team, which means organizing and running practices, coaching games, talking to parents, and other such activities, which adds up to a lot of hours if you keep track of them as you go along.

Volunteerism makes your community and your world a better place. It’s well worth giving some of your hours to help others.

Nobody Cares What You Think Advice is useless unless the person is asking for that advice. Telling someone who’s broke how to change their money habits if they’re not interested in changing is a waste of time for both of you. (@ sustainable personal finance)

Ain’t Too Proud to Use a Big Bird Spoon Our “adult” plates are a matching set (still from a wedding gift, nine years on), but our children’s plate are a mishmash of various gifts and items found on sale. Matching plates and silverware are just not things that feel like a financial priority. (@ see debt run)

Active Investing or Passive Investing I think a passive investing approach works best for most people. After all, that’s essentially what most people do in their retirement accounts. (@ retire happy blog)

Shopping for the Sake of Shopping This was a hard habit for me to break. I used to go to bookstores just to wander, but it would inevitably result in buying more books than I had time to read – a real waste of money. I’ve often wondered if it’s an age thing, but I’ve also seen people in their fifties and sixties who are compulsive shoppers. (@ get rich slowly)

Making big decisions about money Instead of thinking about decisions in terms of dollars, think of it in terms of actions. You’ll have to put in 10 hours of overtime a week for the next year to afford that car, for example. (@ seth’s blog)

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