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Round-up: Hotter than a two-dollar cookstove edition

We’re having a little heat wave here in the Valley of the We-Do-Mean Sun. Night before last it was 105 at 8:00 p.m., sunset having brought the thermometer down from a bone-baking 114. Arizonans have a summertime equivalent of Michiganders’ snowbound: I am not sticking my nose outside my air-conditioned box today…no way, no how. Instead, let’s catch up with the blogosphere, an entertainment I’ve allowed to slide a bit over the past couple of weeks.

First, two really neat new-to-me sites: Correr es mi destino, despite the title an English-language production emanating from Canada, and SmallNotebook.org, featured on Get Rich Slowly for the proprietor’s “Month of No Spending” and blogging about a subject dear to my heart, simple living. I love the design on each of these things! Both authors write gracefully and engagingly; don’t miss them.

Speaking of GRS, J.D. is taking time off to deal with an illness in the family, and so some guest writers are filling in for him. Appropriately enough for a Sunday, today’s post comes from an Oregon pastor, Steve Ross, who contributes a thoughtful–even profound–essay on how his congregation is dealing with a financial crisis and what money and work really mean.

Mrs. Micah and the Mr. have taken off for Michigan. This week I really enjoyed her response to a remark a commenter posted at The Simple Dollar, which she crafted into a lively discussion about whether it is unethical for banks to charge interest.

Be This Way mourns the loss of an innocent child to the unholy combine of vicious parents and a craven child welfare system. We as taxpayers have a moral obligation to see that our state child protective services are fully funded to hire enough competent caseworkers to deal with the huge workload social workers face, and to eliminate the temptation to cut corners. Pay more taxes? Yup: if that’s what stands between a child and the forces of unbridled evil.

Speaking of taxes (and on a lighter note) this is extremely good: Plonkee figures out what her taxes would be if she lived in the U.S. and then compares U.K. vs. U.S. costs and services. Awesome!

Paid Twice recommends tracking the per unit price of goods in your price book. This is an excellent idea, since items are packaged differently by different retailers. It also allows you to get a better handle on prices advertised in the weekly flyers.

Five-Cent Nickel reflects on some of the hidden hooks in great deals. Be sure you read the fine print and understand all the details before grabbing a bargain.

Jim at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity won the free copy of Break Down Your Money in the Alpha Consumer challenge, edging out Funny by a percentage point. Because the contest was so close, he has graciously offered to share the book with me after he posts a review of it.

GLBL has posted a thoroughgoing discussion of how to create your own online store at Gather Little by Little. Looks suspiciously like work to me. Dang. Another source of “passive” income gone to seed.

Much, much more out there…my system has started to run with the speed of a stampeding snail, meaning the Mac wants me to close out Excel, Quicken, Word, Safari, iWeb, and the printer, shut down, and reboot. Time to stop. Enjoy all the great posts above!

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Rachel

Thank you so muchyfor including my site. I appreciate it.