try something new, and links

I’ve been working on something with my son.  It’s “try something new”.  I have made an effort to convince him that he should try something new, and if he likes it, great, if not, fine.  I’m mostly applying this concept to food but it’s relevant to things like trying new sports or ideas or so on.  I realized this morning – while I was talking to him about the concept of trying something new – that it should apply to all of us.  None of us should ever settle for stopping learning, trying, tasting, etc.  But it’s easy to do.  I quit REALLY trying new things years ago.  Hopefully I can shake myself out of that pattern soon…

Here are  a few of my favorite reads this week:

A Frugal Daughter’s Guide to Back to School Shopping: Always interesting to get a different perspective – like a daughter’s, for example.

Should You Refinance Your Mortgage? Rates Are Low, But It Is Still a Tough Decision: I’m leaning towards doing a refi. I’ve got a good rate but the rates are so low now that the benefits to refinancing seem almost too good to believe.

To mini-retire or not to mini-retire? Escaping the Mundane: Great tips on how to break out from the “ordinary” life.

New UK Kindle a tax on literature?: Interesting take on the Kindle. My Dad LOVES his Kindle. I plan to get one soon – basically once the WiFi version hits $100.

7 Habits of Highly Frugal People: I’m working my way through this book for the second time (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People). I didn’t like it so much the first time I went through but now I appreciate it more.

Why 99% Of Financial Advisors Should Be Shot Out Of A Cannon Need Extra Cash? There Are Only 4 Ways To Get It: The fours ways to make money are: * Start a business * Work more * Passive income * Spend less This is a great summary to clarify your thinking. Alternative income won’t just materialize. YOU have to DO something.

And a few more links that are worth reading:

  • Money Obedience

    This is one of my mantras, “try something new.” Trying new stuff is risky and as we get older we want to avoid risk more and more. I hope that I will never get “older”. Not only do I ask my kids to try something new, I also use my kids to make me try something new. When my oldest sun got into hockey, I learned how to ice-skate which I would have never done had it not been for his interest.