(I love this time of year! It’s the middle of summer… which means the kids are swimming and playing outside, the garden is growing, and I’m not having to where five layers of clothing!
I’ve been able to do a little bit of garage sale hunting and I’m already thinking ahead to Christmas shopping.
And of course, it’s my favorite time of year to catch up on reading. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been reading lately:
How to Spend Money (Even if You Think You Shouldn’t) is like it was written from my soul… but it was written by Donna at Get Rich Slowly. If you want a glimpse into how my mind thinks about money sometimes, this is it.
Budgets are Sexy had a great post on Why Smart People Make Bad Spending Decisions. I’ve been guilty of a few of these bad decisions in my life.
Farnoosh Torabi is right on the money with her article, Extreme Coupons: TV Show Draws Extreme Backlash. Retailers are already tightening up their coupon policies and it seems like there have been fewer rebates, too.
The Consumerist asked its readers to share what the most frugal thing their dads have done. The 16 Tales of Frugal Fathers is an amusing excerpt of the 226 comments they received.
J.D. Roth has an excellent post at Get Rich Slowly this week. Read Every Purchase is a Trade-Off. I just realized my latest car repair was the equivalent of three iPhones. Sniff.
Jenn at Frugal Upstate has written an excellent Tutorial: Hot Water Bath Canning that you really should bookmark for future reference. For the record, I’m still trying to get up some courage to try this myself!
I don’t know about you, but I love finding money! Read A Found-Coin Moment at Surviving & Thriving and you’ll view coin cashing machines a little differently.
And finally… this has nothing to do about personal finance, but I thought it was interesting. Read Mashable‘s 10 Fascinating Facts About Phone Numbers.