Now that I’m back to writing full-time after a couple weeks off, I’m overwhelmed by the things I have to share. I don’t know where to begin. And while I was busy with other priorities, you folks kept sending me great story ideas.

I’m not going to be able to highlight all of them, of course, but I’ll try to feature some of the best. Meanwhile, I’ll mention a few others in upcoming link roundups. Here, for example, are some recent articles from around the web that made me think:

“A four-year college degree, seen for generations as a ticket to a better life, is no longer enough to guarantee a steadily rising paycheck,” writes Greg Ip for The Wall Street Journal. I hate stories like this. They’re sensationalist, and that’s all. The data Ip cites in his article puts the lie to his thesis. He notes:

The average American with a college diploma still earns about 75% more than a worker with a high-school diploma and is less likely to be unemployed. Yet while that so-called college premium is up from 40% in 1979, it is little changed from 2001.

That’s it? That’s the panic? Salaries for college graduates aren’t continuing to increase over those without a degree? Forgive me for not being sympathetic. I think the real story should be that, on average, those with a college education still make nearly twice as much as those without a college diploma. But what do I know? I’m not a financial expert.

Bob at Christian Personal Finance recently asked a number of bloggers (including yours truly), “If you needed to make $200 in two weeks, how would you do it?” He was hoping for more varied responses. Most of us said the same thing: sell stuff. A few people suggested finding more work, but most of us agreed that selling stuff is the quickest way to generate cash.

Meanwhile, a recent National Public Radio story asked, “Are you sure you own your stuff?” The piece profiles members of The Maker Movement, which is “about reusing and repairing objects, rather than discarding them to buy more. On a deeper level, it’s also a philosophical idea about what ownership really is.” Interesting.

Finally, Andrea Dickson at Wise Bread compiled a guide to grocery shopping for the cheap and lazy. I like Dickson’s article because it’s not the same old advice that you usually here. (Not that there’s anything wrong with the same old advice.) Her approach is all about flexibility.

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