January 29, 2011

Coffee & Clicks | January 29, 2011, Edition #5

Welcome to Coffee & Clicks, my weekly roundup of posts from my Google Reader that caught my eye, that made me think, and that just made me laugh. 

Using Google Reader saves me oodles of time; with a few clicks, I can hop through all my fave blogs to get the critical coupon & deal info I use to save big $$.  But whenever I find myself with a few minutes to spare in the kitchen (which is where my laptop sits on the counter), I also like to scroll through and read for pleasure.

Coffee & Clicks is my way of sharing those interesting posts with you.  If you find yourself with a few minutes of leisure to surf on the weekends while you sip your coffee (or whatever fills your mug), feel free to wander through this list of posts and spend some time reading, reflecting, and relaxing.

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:: I liked this Reader Question about Coupons and Health over at $5 Dinners because it really touches on both the misperception that you can only buy junk food with coupons (while processed foods are a big category of coupons, you can also get a lot of household necessities for free or nearly free with coupons and sales; many produce/organic/fresh meat coupons do exist as well) and the need for each person to define how they will use coupons to stretch their family's budget.

:: I like the Daily Money Tip about Learning Some Stockpiling Rules over at Common Sense with Money. Coupons help you stockpile the high-use items that your family uses/needs but you can certainly adopt a "stockpile mentality" without coupons by waiting for those items to go on sale. Check out some of the other Daily Money Tips from Common Sense with Money right here - good stuff!

:: Have you seen all the brouhaha (in both the MSM and in the blogosphere) about the recent book release, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother? Get Rich Slowly has an interesting take on it this week, wondering if We're Preparing Our Kids For a Better Financial Future. I'm no Tiger Mother but I certainly do believe in raising kids who know how to work hard in this life. Interesting post!

:: The Simple Dollar talks about The Fundamental Ingredients for Financial Success. Are you willing to work hard, learn new things, and take the blame for your own mistakes? Then you're more than halfway there, peeps!

:: I really appreciated this post about Windfalls over at Frugal Hacks because we all have windfalls in our financial lives. Some are big - like a fat tax refund or an inheritance - but most of those windfalls are of the small variety. Maybe it's a $20 rebate check or maybe it's a $15 savings on a bill this month or maybe it's something as simple as a $10 gift card on your birthday. How we choose to use/designate our windfalls - both big and small - speaks volumes to our financial priorities.

Enjoy your weekend!

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