Sometimes when it’s quiet around here, it’s only because I’m working on other projects behind the scenes. Recording and transcribing my interview with Timothy Ferriss, for example, took a lot of work. I’m also experimenting with short video segments.

I’m pleased to announce that one of my largest projects from the past few months is finally complete. I’ve collated some of my key posts about Roth IRAs and created an e-book called simply The Get Rich Slowly Guide to Roth IRAs. All of this content is already freely available here on this site (and will remain so), but now it’s available in print, as well.

This e-book is part of a new project from my colleagues Leo (of Zen Habits) and Glen (of LifeDev). They’ve banded together to create Web Warrior Tools, a site devoted to publishing beautiful and helpful guides that empower people without calling them “dummies”. Here’s the complete line of Web Warrior Tools titles at launch:

Glen and Leo plan to bring you more great e-books in the future, including some original content from yours truly. Web Warriors Tools also offers an affiliate program through which bloggers can earn a little extra cash. Enough self-promotion! Here are some personal finance articles I’ve enjoyed over the past couple days:

Every summer, Nickel at Raising4Boys.com tracks down promotions from major American theater chains. He’s just published his 2008 guide to free summer movies for kids. If you have children who need entertainment this summer, you could find this useful.

I’ve been meaning to put together a list of investment tutorials, but Jim at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity has done the work for me! He’s posted a collection of resources to learn about stock market investing. I already have each of these sites bookmarked, and I use them often during my research.

Are farmers markets frugal or a luxury?” asks Carrie Kirby at Wise Bread. As I found in my price comparison project last summer, Carrie discovered farmers market prices are roughly the same as at her local grocery store. From my experience, farmers market produce tends to be higher quality, and much of it is grown locally, but for the best prices, I head to the nearby produce stand.

Finally, Richard at Richer and Better takes a look at how much you really get from your paycheck, breaking out the various line items. From his $50,000 salary, he brings home just $30,000 per year. Though he doesn’t mention it, that’s one of the reasons it pays to focus on frugality and saving money. In general, every dollar you save at the grocery store is two dollars you don’t have to earn.

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