I don’t know about elsewhere, but here in DC the weather is finally cooling down and I’m thrilled about it. I think that the banging radiators are affecting my sleep cycle, but I’ll get used to it. We get ours fixed by maintenance, but apparently others in the building don’t care as much.
This Sunday’s Frugal Hacks post is a frugal tip for replacing lost library books. I’m convinced that every serious library patron has lost or will lose at least one item in their lifetime. I’ve already lost two, but then I’m a heavy user. I also saved money on replacing them, and not because I work there!
And here are some other lovely posts I discovered this last week:
- Frugal Trenches tells the story of why she downshifted so young. Brought tears to my eyes.
- Paid Twice reflects on sunk costs and letting go. I have such a hard time throwing something out if I paid for it, even if I know it’s going to sit around and be junk for years. But I’m learning to give myself permission.
- Deepali shares a technique she found useful for getting a grip on her debt. Sometimes looking at numbers just doesn’t bring it home. Sometimes you need a little more.
- Plonkee writes about house prices, bubbles, and investments returns. In some ways, a house is an investment. But there are limited ways to collect your returns and the returns may not be as good as you think.
- With another hurricane past (and let’s not forget Katrina either), Patrick of Cash Money Life warns us to beware of flood-damaged cars. Yes, they’re being sold and they may take a little work to identify. He has pointers. Also, some financial news I found interesting this week, the Lending Club is now open for business but Prosper is going quiet. I’m not getting involved in P2P lending, but I do find it fascinating.
- Dough Roller offers tips on thriving during the recession. Or at least surviving.
Radiator courtesy of cwbuecheler.