Today was the day: my first official day at home, beginning my transition from box salesman to full-time writer. For the present, I’m spending every Tuesday at home working on this site. (Yes, I know today is Wednesday.) My first task was to get some back-up entries written for when I’m too busy to generate new articles. Also, I’ve been digging through the 650 e-mail messages that need answered. I made it through about 100 of them before my eyes began to melt.

Here are some recent articles of interest at other sites:

  • At The Simple Dollar, Trent shared how he talks himself out of frivolous purchases. Though I’m not as methodical as this, I’ve begun practicing some of the same techniques. They make a difference. (The 30-day rule rocks.)
  • W.C. Varones believes that the new Roth 401(k) is a miracle of modern finance. Yahoo! has a guide for choosing between traditional and Roth 401(k)s. From what I can tell, these new accounts are a great choice for high-income earners, especially if they have many years to go until retirement.
  • Speaking of all things Roth (like me, for example!), Free Money Finance recently pondered the question, “Is a Roth IRA really better than a non-matched 401(k)?” Standard advice is to invest in a 401(k) to get the full employer match, then to shift to a Roth IRA. But some believe this is wasteful, that putting your money into a 401(k) is a better deal. This kind of argument simply highlights the fact that nobody can predict the future.
  • Finally, at MSN’s Smart Spending blog (to which GRS is a contributing partner), Donna Freedman suggests that you should change your own car battery. It’s not as difficult as she thought it would be. I had to do this last summer, and can vouch for the simplicity of the task.

Here’s a last-minute addition. Kevin M. pointed me to a cartoon from this week’s issue of The New Yorker: “So this is debt-free living.” Funny stuff!

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