It’s been a l-o-n-g time since I posted a batch of links. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I’ve been so wrapped up in my personal life lately. Speaking of which: What am I actually doing nowadays, anyhow? I’ve been kind of quiet about that, haven’t I?
Well, I’ve been focusing on the things that I most enjoy. That means learning Spanish, of course. I’m now eleven months into this project. I continue to take 4-1/2 hours of private lessons every week. I’ve also been volunteering in a second-grade dual-language classroom, and I’m volunteering to teach English to a native Spanish speaker. (I meet with her between two and four hours each week.) Plus, I do lots of other little things to accelerate the learning process. I love learning the language and believe I’m a solid intermediate speaker now. My lessons are becoming increasingly esoteric. And yesterday I found myself thinking in Spanish without any reason to be doing so! Love it!
Meanwhile, I’m still focusing on fitness. This month, I’ve been to my Crossfit gym in Portland every single day. (And my body aches because of it!) I’m also writing tons, helping to plan this year’s World Domination Summit, spending lots of time with friends, and, yes it’s true, I’ve begun dating.
I have a good life.
But this isn’t my personal blog. This is my finance blog, and you come here to learn about money. To that end, here are some articles I’ve been collecting from around the web.
To begin, I liked this recent question at Ask Metafilter: What’s like a Brooks Brothers shirt, only cheaper? As you know, most of my wardrobe is based on clothing from Costco and thrift stores. That’s begun to change with time (hello, REI and Icebreaker!), but I’m still trying to figure out how to dress like an adult — frugally. This thread was useful for me.
Another question: How much will it cost to live to 100? If Smart Money is to be believed, you’ll need $3.5 million: $1.5 million for your first fifty years of life, and $2 million for your last fifty.
And another question: Will driving a Prius save you money? Not unless you own it a hell of a long time. If your goal is to save money, you’re better of walking, biking, or taking mass transit — or buying a cheap fuel-efficient car. (There are other reasons to own a Prius; personal economics isn’t one of them.)
Elsewhere, friend-of-the-blog Scott Dinsomre recently published a five-minute test designed to answer the question “Should I quit?” In his e-mail to me, Scott wrote:
This is a 3-minute yes/no test that calculates a score to help someone understand how healthy (or unhealthy) their work situation is, and whether they should quit. Depending on your score, you get access to a bunch of free tools to make the transition. My goal is for it to be a wakeup call and ideally something where people share and compare their score with friends and coworkers and create some real change.
Finally, another friend-of-the-blog, former staff writer Adam Baker, is in the midst of his next mad project. He’s producing a feature-length documentary film on complacency — what it is and how to overcome it. Here’s the trailer for “I’m Fine, Thanks”:
Adam and his crew are funding this project (in part) through a Kickstarter project. Not familiar with Kickstarter? It’s a “crowdfunding” website where average folks can contribute a few bucks to make big dreams come true. If you’d like to support Adam, go check out the “I’m Fine, Thanks” project page at Kickstarter.
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