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Roundup: Living Without Money

Posted By Jim On 09/12/2010 @ 7:12 am In Personal Finance | 11 Comments

The last few weeks, the frugal world has been buzzing about how Mark Boyle lived an entire year without cash [3]. It’s was more about sustainability and reducing waste than living without cash, but I think it’s was a pretty valuable social experiment. It reminded me of a more “important” Super Size Me type of experiment.

If we grew our own food, we wouldn’t waste a third of it as we do today. If we made our own tables and chairs, we wouldn’t throw them out the moment we changed the interior decor. If we had to clean our own drinking water, we probably wouldn’t contaminate it.

Interesting stuff… here are a few more interesting things I read the last few weeks:

  • Briana at Bargain Briana shares some tips on how to freeze peaches [4], something we did right before our Lake Tahoe trip when we realized we weren’t going to be able to eat our Costco-size box of peaches. We just cut them in half, removed the pits, and froze them, Briana’s way is much better.
  • Mike at Oblivious Investor talks about the new Vanguard Target Retirement 2055 [5] and wonders why there’s a $3,000 minimum. It seems a little silly but there has to be a reason behind it… I mean the thing has an expense ratio of 0.19%, how do they make any money?
  • With used car prices up 10%, some are now calling last year’s Cash for Clunkers [6] program a clunker. Perfectly good cars were shredded or crushed… you gotta love unintended consequences.
  • GenY Wealth asked a few financial planners for advice for Gen Y’ers [7] and received a lot of good responses that almost anyone can use.
  • Kiplinger looked up a bunch of freebies [8] in a bunch of categories from free car repair to treats to a diamond ring inspection!
  • 25 Things Chefs Never Tell You [9] is a fun and educational read.

Have a great weekend!

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[3] Mark Boyle lived an entire year without cash: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/green-living-blog/2009/oct/28/live-without-money

[4] how to freeze peaches: http://bargainbriana.com/how-to-freeze-peaches/

[5] Vanguard Target Retirement 2055: http://www.obliviousinvestor.com/vanguard-target-retirement-2055-why-the-minimum-initial-investment/

[6] calling last year’s Cash for Clunkers: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/09/01/clunkers_a_classic_government_folly/

[7] financial planners for advice for Gen Y’ers: http://genywealth.com/advie-from-financial-planners

[8] bunch of freebies: http://kiplinger.com/tools/slideshows/slideshow_pop.html?nm=freebies_2010

[9] 25 Things Chefs Never Tell You: http://green.yahoo.com/blog/guest_bloggers/67/25-things-chefs-never-tell-you.html

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