Yesterday, I had an opportunity to do something I very rarely do – spend time with my son during the day. While his sister was in school, and the rest of the world was out working, we snuck away to a small lake and brightened the day for a few ducks. Before leaving for home we rounded up slices of bread that were past their prime, but not yet molded. We spent an hour or so tossing small chunks of bread to a group of ducks, including a mama duck and her babies.
It was a great timeout from the daily grind, and a nice reminder for me about what is really important in this world. My son didn’t care that we drove to the lake in a twenty year-old truck, or that the lake was surrounded by homes four times the value of our home, or that we passed up a dozen restaurants on the way home to enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. All he remembers is that his dad took a couple hours out of a busy schedule to enjoy some one-on-one time to feed those ducks.
The Secrets of Financial Freedom: An Interview with the Millionaire Next Door. I find stories like this so compelling because they serve as examples that people really can reject our consumer debt-driven society and experience financial freedom on their own terms. (@ Get Rich Slowly)
How to Prepare for a Power Outage – Without a Generator. Severe weather is starting to crop up here in the south (there is a brilliant lightning storm occurring as I type this), and it won’t be long before hurricane season. That means we’ll probably have to spend some time in the dark in the not-s0-distant future. Take note of these tips for making life without power a little more bearable. (@ Five Cent Nickel)
How Much Do You Need to Save for Early Retirement? I’ve been pondering this very question here lately. And on a related topic, I’ve been wondering if I should do more investing outside of retirement accounts so that I can access the money before the IRS says I’ve hit “retirement age.” (@ Million Dollar Journey)
No Credit Cards – Here’s Why. A very convincing argument against using credit cards. I know this argument will never go away, but the more antics credit cards pull the less I want to use their product. (@ Gather Little By Little)
Ways To Save On Mother’s Day. I urge anyone with a fracture in the relationship with their mom to take this Mother’s Day as an opportunity to reach out and make the first move towards healing that relationship. After nearly losing my mom this past year, I am even more appreciative of the special relationship we enjoy to this day. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! @ Free From Broke)
Best of the Rest
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- Announcing the New Money Tips Network
- Financial Confession – I Don’t Budget
- Save Money on Cell Phones
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- An Auction Experience to Remember
- How to Save Money on Life Insurance
Site of the Week
No site of the week this week because honestly, I just haven’t had much time to look around. Perhaps you could share one of your favorites in the comments below.