As you may have noticed, I’m taking a little time off for the holidays. I do have some posts planned for the next few days, including a review of The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches, but things will be sparse around here until after the first of the year. Here are a few articles I’ve collected, but will forget to share if I don’t do so now:

Ben Stein warns that all play and no work makes for a poor life. “Hard work is the single most important thing you can learn in life besides devotion to spouse and parents. One reason people become failures and/or criminals is because they never learned to work.
People who develop the habit of hard work don’t become bums or drug addicts, and don’t wind up in middle age with suicidal self-loathing.” While I think Stein overstates things, he has a point. It’s amazing what hard work can accomplish.

As a guy, I don’t post a lot of stuff that is specifically of interest to women. Many of my female readers have noticed that. One of them sent me an article from BellaSugar on how to keep your beauty spending under control. The tips here are great, and the discussion in the comments offers additional insight.

Finally, JLP at All Financial Matters asks should we say good-bye to cheap food? He discusses a recent article in The Economist about global pressures that may lead to higher costs at the grocery store. There are a lot of things to think about here, including our dependency on processed foods. If anything, this makes me even more eager for me and Kris to grow as much of our own food as possible. This is very interesting stuff.

While I won’t be around much for the next week, I encourage you to drop me a line with story ideas, or to join the discussions in the Get Rich Slowly forums. Most of all, have a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas!