Weekly Roundup: When You Were A Kid Edition

Short on time again this week as my company goes through its fiscal year end. It’s a busy time, which makes the days go by fast, but I’m finding out I don’t do 12-hour days as well as I used to! When not working I did manage to find a few great articles around the web, including an intriguing video.

I occasionally share small business (or side hustle, as I like to call them) ideas here with you, and found the following video inspiring. Remember when you were a kid? What did you want to be when you grew up? What got in your way? Yourself? It’s never too late to chase your dreams. And it is never too late for the spirit and ingenuity of the American entrepreneur to right this ship. It’s not up to the government; it’s up to us.

Video: Entrepreneurs Can Change the World

The Roundup

We’re In Debt: $150,679 To Be Exact. I admire the writer’s honesty by revealing their debt load, and after reading the post felt anxious for them. I, too, remember being deep in debt, thought not quite that bad. Still, anyone who has lived with significant amounts of debt knows the pressure it adds to every area of your life.   I tell people it’s like being pinned to the ocean floor by a two-ton anchor.  (@ Your Money Relationship)

The Pros and Cons of Joining a Local Food Co-Op. We never got around to starting our garden this year because of family issues and a hectic work schedule. Because of that we are missing our summer vegetables we enjoyed last year. This article presents some pros and cons of joining a co-op, something that can provide lots of local, fresh food, but at a cost. (@ Generation X Finance)

How to Combat Dread and Welcome Adventure Into Our Lives.  This is one I really need to work on. I tend to dread anything out of my routine, rather than looking at these new experiences as “adventures.” (@ My Super-Charged Life)

See How Far Your Salary Goes in Another City. Think you are paying too much for your home, or not earning enough to survive in your hometown? Check out this article which links to a CNNMoney.com tool where you can compare the cost of living in two cities. (@ Life Hacker)

Spending Moratorium Starts Wednesday. I really wanted to join Bargain Babe on this one, but unfortunately July snuck up on me too quickly. It will be interesting following along to see just how many days she can go without spending and money, save the few essentials she mentions in the post. (@ Bargain Babe)

The Cheap Garbage Bag Dilemma. Spending a lot money on garbage bags is hard for me to do. I mean, after all we are simply using them to collect stuff to throw away. But my experiences with cheap bags ripping half way to the garbage cans, or leaking and leaving a trail of rotten food juices all the way through the kitchen and garage. Nope, I’ll pay for my name-brand garbage bags. (@ The Simple Dollar)

The Basics Behind a Budget That Works.  A budget that works in the best kind of budget, which means your options are fairly open.  We budget for major household expenses with every paycheck, but keep things pretty loose when it comes to tracking smaller expenses. (@ Simple Mom)

What Your Moving Company Won’t Tell You Until You Sign the Paperwork. About five years ago we completed an out-of-town move. After making a number of trips ourselves with boxes and small furniture, movers came in to haul away the big stuff. They loaded up the truck on afternoon, and the next morning the stuff was being moved into our new house. I couldn’t help but wonder where my stuff stayed overnight, and I can related to the worries over movers holding your stuff hostage. (@ My Two Dollars)


  1. Thanks for linking to my post about going on a spending moratorium! Yesterday I rode my bike to free yoga on the beach – so far the moratorium is great!

  2. Heh heh… I read the link about the spending moratorium so quickly that I thought it said “speeding” moratorium. That made for an interesting thought about how cutting out unnecessary risks could contribute to a frugal lifestyle, but when I read it the second time it was clearly a “spending” moratorium. Maybe I’m the one who should slow down a bit; that second cup of coffee might not have been a good idea.

  3. Thanks for linking to Chris’s first article. I also think it’s great that he is sharing their journey with our readers. It’s going to take them a long time, but with the support of the great readers of PF blogs, I think they will get there. It will be exciting to see that debt slowly dwindle down!

  4. The spending moratorium sounds exciting. I managed to have 8 “no-spend” days in June without feeling too much of a pinch and without even trying really hard. I’m not ready to try it for a whole month yet, but I’m looking to see how Bargain Babe does!

    Have a great holiday weekend!