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Make Your Own Playdough (73/365)

Our children have several small tubs of playdough, both the name brand Play-Doh and other brands of similar material, that they’ve received as gifts over the years. The contents of those tubs have been played with, sculpted, mashed, combined, and used in countless different ways. It’s actually a toy that Sarah and I quite like as it encourages our children to make whatever they want from it. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Daylight Savings Time Edition

I consider the switches to and from Daylight Savings Time to be largely useless in the modern era. It disrupts sleep patterns, causes people who forget to adjust clocks to miss appointments, and adds something else to worry about to our hectic lives. I understood the need for it in the past, but as the economy changes, the case for the switch gets worse and worse. […]

Extend the Life and Value of Crayons (72/365)

For Christmas, my children received an interesting gift: a Crayola Crayon Maker. It’s a cute little device. All you do is break up some crayons (they come with the crayon maker) and put them on a little tray in there, flip on the switch, and wait for a bit. The crayons melt, then you tip the tray over and the melted wax pours into some crayon molds. […]

A Frugal Man’s Thought Process when Considering a Tempting New Purchase

I don’t play video games that much at this point in my life because, frankly, I don’t have very much time for them. I perhaps play for four or five hours a week. Usually, it’s when the children are about to nap or drifting off to sleep, and I play so I can be within earshot of them. […]

Encourage Art Skills with an End Roll of Newspaper (71/365)

Two or three times a week, our dining room table turns into a giant art project. We cover the table with paper, crayons, markers, safety scissors, glue, watercolor paints, and other items and our children get down to the important business of creating something. One time, it might be paper snowflakes. […]

Reader Mailbag: Basic Manners

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Bills in collection 2. First steps toward reading 3. Freelance work and being assertive 4. Network marketing thoughts 5. Bedtime reading 6. Finances, style, and a relationship 7. Premarital money to-dos 8. […]

Participate in Babysitting Exchanges Instead of Hiring a Babysitter (70/365)

Within walking distance of our home lives another couple that’s about our age. They have two children, both of which are in the age range of our own children, and the older ones have become friends due to interacting at the same preschool. Over time, we’ve developed something of a babysitting exchange with them. […]

Golden

One of the basic guidelines that I try to live my life by is the Golden Rule. It’s a simple statement that pops up in almost every world religion and many significant works of philosophy. Simply put, treat others as you would like to be treated. All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. […]

Focus on Buying Open-Ended Toys (69/365)

Yesterday, I wrote about the advantages of buying fewer toys, but focusing on higher-quality toys. This makes sure that you’re not replacing toys because they’re cheap, you’re not filling your house up with clutter, and the toys have resale value when you’re finished. If you’ve spent time around children, you’ll quickly notice a few key things about how they play. […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #63

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. I spent some time this week planning a family trip this summer to Yellowstone. […]