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Weekly Article Roundup

Good morning – I’m doing my interweb perusing for a Sunday morning and came across some good little nuggets to share with all of you.

This article is from the New York Times and is a profile of sorts on a personal organizer for the extraordinarily wealthy. (This line is a particular cue that I would never hire this woman … “It is hard enough opening your underwear drawer to someone without having them gasp at the price of the contents.”) But what was interesting about this article to me – and what particularly resonated with me as I try to sift through the immense amount of paper and STUFF that seem to be part of my life – was this line: “Stress is clutter, and clutter is stress.” How true is that?

Also in the New York Times today is an article from the Practical Traveler which includes “11 Tricks to Cutting Travel Costs in 2011.” There are a couple of trips I would like to take this year, so I’m particularly keen on saving on airfare.

And finally – coupon clippers rejoice! There is a TV show for you on TLC. “Extreme Couponing” looks at the lives of a few hardcore couponers who rake in some serious savings by combining coupon deals. I think that couponing is a good thing, but when I look at the picture that accompanies this article, I feel something of a disconnect to the products that I see stockpiled on that person’s shelves. I’m not into processed foods as a rule and does anyone really need that many disposable plastic containers? On the flip side, I’ve heard that lot of folks have taken advantage of couponing to collect goods for their local food shelves and shelters. There is a lot of good that can be done shopping the deals.

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Today’s going to be a good day … I have a list of stuff that needs to be accomplished, my husband and I are going out to dinner with some friends tonight and the world is my oyster. I hope that you guys have a great Sunday and a wonderful week!

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2 thoughts on “Weekly Article Roundup

  1. I agree with you on the disconnect between how we live and what extreme couponers buy. They buy out the stores, so people who could actually use a product can’t get it, and yes, you can say I saved 75% or more on my groceries if all you buy is stuff that’s on coupon, no fresh or organic things. What’s the price of those things in the long run? Even just in quality of life, not to mention health!

    I do, however, pick up things to donate if I can get them free or almost free, even if I wouldn’t use them, like cat or dog food, for example. I only ever have a couple of coupons for any given item, so I don’t buy out the shelves, but it’s an easy way to give to food pantries and the like with just a very small amount of extra work and practically no money.

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