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This weekend’s awesome article roundup

Regular readers of this blog know that I have a second job on the weekends – working a 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift at the local cab company. One of the reasons that I like this job (since I’m not entirely fond of waking up at the buttcrack of dawn) is that the eight hours I spend at my job are spent in front of a computer, answering phone calls and setting up cabs for people in my fair city. At $9.50 an hour, this job isn’t the most I’ve ever made as a gainfully employed member of society, but I can show up in my pajamas (which I’ve only done ONCE in the two years I’ve worked here) and it gives me time to catch up on the emails that tend to pile up in my inbox during the week.

Along with the zillions of cooking newsletters I subscribe to, I am an avid reader of Get Rich Slowly and Wise Bread. I cannot emphasize how much these blogs and resources have helped me – while I don’t do every singe thing that I read, I’ve received a ton of ideas from reading the various posts by the writers featured.

Here are the awesome articles I’ve read so far this weekend:

Living in a one-car household. This one comes from Wise Bread. Last summer, my husband and I carpooled for a few months when gas prices were at their worst. Aside from a few arguments about where the radio should be set, we made it work. And then gas prices went back to normal again and we went our separate ways in our individual cars. It might be time to reinvestigate carpooling.

Thrifty kitchen tips – I actually got this one from the Oprah magazine. And bonus? The author of this article is Judith Jones … for those of you who aren’t having an a-HA! moment right now, she’s the publisher who originally gave Julia Child and her “little” tome “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” a shot.

J.D. Roth had a post this week entitled “Happier” that reviewed the book “Happier” by Tal Ben-Shahar. This post – especially J.D.’s intro – really resonated with me. I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately and although I would like to think that once I have all my debt paid off, that’s going to be an instant key to happiness – I was almost “happy” to hear that being debt free wasn’t going to be a magic wand that fixed my problems (i.e. – weight, job, lack of time, etc.). Now I need to find a (used) copy of Tal Ben-Shahar’s book.

And finally – this one was probably my favorite article. This one came from and was called “6 Tips for Lazy Workers to Get Ahead.” To be honest – I’m my own weird hybrid of a workaholic slacker. When I’m working, I feel like I contribute value to this world, however, that phrase: “I’ve known my share of slackers, and most of them are intelligent people who could easily upstage everyone else’s efforts if they applied themselves a bit more” seems to apply to high school, college and even my current working situation.

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