After caring for my daughter, my wife and then my son, it was my turn to fight off the flu of 2008. He won the first four days, but I’m battling back. This flu virus is the real deal – I’ve never felt so down and out in my life. The only time in my life I can remember being so tired was at the end of two-a-day football practices in high school, and this was probably three times as bad. I am happy to report we are all on the mend and should hit the new week full steam ahead!
One of the benefits of being home is that I got to catch up on reading, and here are a few nuggets I found over the last week:
Cheap Toys ARE BETTER for Your Kids (@The Digerati Life) was a great reminder for me this week that sometimes it is the cheap presents that get the most playtime from kids. While I was waiting for prescriptions at the pharmacy I passed up tons of little pricey toy gadgets and remembered that my kids would be just as pleased with a notebook and a pack of crayons.
Eating Our for Five but Paying for One (@The Wisdom Journal) is something we plan to do when we all return to feeling human again. Currently, anything other than chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese sandwiches evokes waves of nausea in at least half the family!
10 Ways to Reduce Paper Use in Your Home or Office (@The Good Human) gave some practical tips on reducing paper consumption. I used my time at home to organize the office area a bit and put a couple of these tips into practice.
Buying a New Car? Skip the Negotiations (@My Dollar Plan) reminded me to check out existing discounts available before I haggle with the car salesman. My wife and I have been discussing a long-range plan to upgrade her vehicle and let me drive her current one. My beater is getting pretty old, and its demise is inevitable.
Things I’ve Learned Living on a Budget (@My Super-Charged Life) is a great read for anyone currently living on a tight budget, or planning to head in that direction. My favorite nugget from the article was the lesson on library books. As a recovering bookstore junkie, I can say that I find the ability to check out and read books for free really appeals to the frugal side of me.
Why I Think P2P Lending is a Bad Idea (@Gather Little by Little) presents an opinion against peer-to-peer lending, something you don’t hear much of out in the blogosphere. I happen to agree with the author, and have long thought the position of holding debts over others should be reserved for banks. Remember, the borrower is slave to the lender, and I don’t want to “own” anyone!
Christians and Debt (@Christian Personal Finance) presents biblical-based reminders of why it is smart to live debt free. Like Dave Ramsey frequently says, there is no single positive mention of debt in the bible.
I hope everyone has a great week – and stay clear of that flu bug!