Weekly Roundup: Dear Readers, You Inspire Me

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I started the week off sharing a few videos that fire me up, but after reading the comments from yesterday’s guest post I no longer need any additional motivation to keep doing what I’m doing here at Frugal Dad.  One comment in particular caught my eye.  It was from a reader named Lauren, who posted a comment about making her first deposit in an emergency fund–$530.  She went on to say, “I thought to myself, ‘Who can I tell that will be proud of me?….FRUGAL DAD OF COURSE!’

Well, Lauren, I certainly am proud of you!  And while I’d like to think I played a part in inspiring such a smart financial move, it is you that has inspired me!  Every time I read about someone getting out of debt, or starting an emergency fund, or “stopping to smell the roses” I get fired up all over again.  Thanks for taking the time to share your successes with me–and keep’em coming!

Now, for the Roundup

How to Make Early Roth IRA Withdrawals.  Who hasn’t thought about early retirement?   One of the biggest obstacles is finding a way to fund your exit from the rat race. (@My Dollar Plan)

35 Ways to Kick Start Your Debt Snowball.  I’m happy to report that we are already doing most of these, but I still love lists like this for positive reinforcement.  I’m still working on kicking the sodas.  (@Think Your Way to Wealth)

How to Be Rich.  A great “how-to” on becoming rich.  Hint:  It has very little to do with money. (@Gather Little By Little)

20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday.  The key to living intentionally is to take time to stop and reflect on your accomplishments, and plan for the next ones. These questions will point you in that direction. (@Marc and Angel)

Lost Money:  How Money Drains Add Up to $175,000 in Ten Years.  Lots of discussion taking place these days on those little daily expenses adding up–from lattes to vending snacks.  This thought-provoking post includes a giant table of “money drains” and calculates their annual cost, and their ten year future value costs.  (@The Digerati Life)

How to Choose Your New Boss.  Many people don’t think they have much control over who they work for, but as Ron points out in this post, we ultimately decide who our bosses are.  (@The Wisdom Journal)

How to Totally Mess Up Your Kids When It Comes to Money.  I thought the best point in this article was the one related to substituting money for love.  Many absent parents try to make up for their absenteeism by showering kids with money and gifts, when what they really want is to spend time with you.

5 Ways to Calm Your Thinking and Deal With Adversity.  “Surrender, but don’t give up.” This was one of the more powerful lines from this article. Accepting our inevitable fate is tough to do, but when we are at peace with it there is certainly a calming effect.  (@My Super-Charged Life)

How to Become a Millionaire.  Patrick just wrapped up a fantastic series on becoming a millionaire.  Follow his five steps and one day you might just joint the seven-figure club.  (@Cash Money Life)

Enliven Everyday Life with an Inspiration Board.  I am not very crafty, but I think this is something even I could do.  I’d like to hang one up in my makeshift office, which is really just a folding table and a laptop set up in our utility room.  The inspiration board would be a nice place to collect things that inspire me to write.  (@Simple Mom)

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