Part of the fun of Get Rich Slowly is writing about a variety of topics, basic and advanced. Though I’m an advocate of financial literacy, I’m not certain that I want to devote the entire month of April to it in the future. Instead, I’ll focus on financial literacy week perhaps, as well as sharing general information on the subject throughout the year. Just two days left and we’re back to a regular schedule around here.

Meanwhile, here are some interesting pieces from elsewhere on the web:

First up, a couple of readers pointed me to the financial planning toolkit, a free resource from CCH. This site has a financial planning guide, some financial calculators, and a variety of financial tools.

At Slate, Jennifer Reese wonders how cost effective is it to make homemade pantry staples? “Although I love to cook, I’ve always secretly, darkly, suspected it is costlier to craft at home what you can buy at [the supermarket].” She comes to the same conclusion that many GRS readers have: it’s not always cheaper to make things at home, though that’s often the case. But generally the quality is much better!

Every so often, I get e-mail from somebody who is eager to tell me the good news: there’s no law that says we have to pay income tax in the United States! While it might be nice to think so, it’s just not true. For more information, check out this great tax-protestor FAQ from Daniel B. Evans. It counters dozens of fallacious arguments. It’s your right to be upset at your income tax burden — just don’t try to pretend there are no laws that say you must pay.

Finally, here’s a story from Sweden about an eccentric man who turned empty cans into gold. Curt Degerman collected tin cans for the deposit money, visited the library to read about investing, and used these resources to build a fortune of over a million dollars — some of it in actual bars of gold!