It’s time for bed, but there’s no sense sleeping. Our neighborhood is crazy about fireworks, and this year the guy next door has purchased an arsenal of illegal — and very loud — explosive devices. The bombs will continue bursting in air for several more hours. Kris is staying up to read Harry Potter; I’m using the time to share a few links that Get Rich Slowly readers have forwarded.

  • Writing for Newsweek, Robert Samuelson argues that the biggest threat to the U.S. economy is a steep rise in the personal savings rate. That’s right — he believes that the country’s negative savings rate has bolstered the economy, and that consumer fiscal responsibility might have a damaging effect. Is he crazy? [via The Tim]
  • Nina at Queercents asks: “Would you risk your life to get out of debt?” She writes about Nick, a young man who volunteered to serve in Iraq “because of the extra money I earn while here. I’m using that money to get out of debt and get a new start on my financial future.” Nick keeps a blog in which he describes how he’s gone from $70,000 in debt to $14,000 in debt in just six months. (But he’s had to dodge mortar shells to do it!)
  • Over at The Simple Dollar, Trent has ten frugal tips for a great grilling experience. Kris and I use our grill all summer long, but I’ve never bothered to compare costs between grilling and cooking indoors. I suspect there’s little difference. But Trent has some great tips for good cooking, whether the grill saves money or not.
  • Finally, Vincent forwarded a Los Angeles Times article about frugal weddings. There are lots tips here, including advice on inexpensive flower alternatives, and ways to save on the wedding dress. If you’ll be walking down the aisle sometime soon, you should check this out.

Now it’s time to head out on the back porch to watch the show…

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