Remember my fascination with Bacon Salt? Well, I’ve been e-mailing the Bacon Salt guys, and they’ve agreed to answer questions from GRS readers. Many of you have expressed an interest in entrepreneurship — now is your chance to interview two guys who are staking their future on a dream:
At one point, I walked into Starbucks, Microsoft and two other companies that I was doing consulting with and told them that I couldn’t finish their projects because I invented a bacon-flavored seasoning that was taking over my life (consulting and figuring out how to ship a box of Bacon Salt to Namibia at 2am in my pajamas wasn’t really working for me anymore).
Speaking of bacon, one excellent GRS reader sent me a link to these bacon-flavored lollipops: “The salty chunks of bacon make a delicious and unique counterpoint to the subtle sweetness of the maple.” Yum.
Enough about bacon. How about some personal finance links?
Another reader recently sent me an article from The New Atlantis about the decline of manual labor. This is a l-o-n-g piece, but it’s fascinating. This bit from the end is an apt summary of the author’s point:
The physical circumstances of the jobs performed by carpenters, plumbers, and auto mechanics vary too much for them to be executed by idiots; they require circumspection and adaptability. One feels like a man, not a cog in a machine. The trades are then a natural home for anyone who would live by his own powers, free not only of deadening abstraction, but also of the insidious hopes and rising insecurities that seem to be endemic in our current economic life. This is the stoic ideal.
At All Financial Matters, Meg ponders modern day food shortages and apparent investment opportunities. This reminds me of an article I read about a month ago about the end of cheap food. I want to believe this is simply alarmism, but I’m glad that Kris and I grow and can a small portion of our food supply, anyhow.
Finally, Bob at The Platinum Years Network recently shared his best personal finance tip:
When you feel like you want or need to buy something, put it on a list, but do not buy it right away. When an item has been on the list for a predetermined amount of time, say three or six months, feel free to buy it.
Astute readers will recognize this as a longer-term version of the 30-day rule to control impulse spending. I think it’s a great idea.
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