Category Archives: Fast Reads

Making Learning Stick: 1 Idea, 3 Facts, 5 Tips

Learning transfer is a hot topic among development professionals. Are people applying what they learn, in real time, when it matters most?

Center for Creative Leadership

Questions About Goodwill, Emergency Funds, Library Openings, Cheese, and More!

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. Roth IRA withdrawal question
2. Buy it for life: Goodwill
3. Year away from down payment
4. Retirement and disability
5. Having “a life”?
6. Making cheese at home
7. Can I afford this house?
8. Ames Public Library opening?
9. How to keep leftovers?
10. Unnecessarily large emergency fund
11. Donating time instead of money
12. Cheap video games
13. Home loan balance challenges
14. SNAP reality
15. Financial independence inspirational fiction

For the past four days, we’ve had guests staying at our home.

I love having houseguests, though I find it really exhausting. Spending quality time with people that I don’t get to see as often as I’d like is just wonderful and we often end up spending time doing things that we don’t usually do, like visit things in Des Moines that we often take for granted.

Best Cheap and Easy Dinner Recipes

If you’ve got a busy family, or are constantly on the go, you’re probably looking for easy recipes to make high quality yet cheap meals your family will love. At The Simple Dollar, we’re not only looking out for your pocketbook, but also your other precious resource – time. That’s why we put together a list of cheap meals that are also easy to put together. Not only are these recipes easy, almost all of them can be prepared vegetarian or vegan. If you need a few quick tips to make your meal prep easier, look for the additional resources towards the bottom.

Easy Dinner Recipes

Dinner is often the most rushed time for a busy family. Family members get home at different times from work, school or social activities. So, dinner is especially difficult to get the whole family together. Next time you want the whole family at the dinner table, tempt them with one of these great meals. Just don’t let them know how easy it was to throw it all together!

10 Ways to Keep the Learning Going

What can you do to weave learning and development into your work? And as a manager of others or a talent leader, how can you make learning accessible, applicable and ongoing?

Center for Creative Leadership

What today’s leaders can learn from Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was a strong leader who ignored her critics and fought relentlessly to help others and to promote the right -More

SmartBrief on Leadership

Our Path to Living Off Our Own Investments

The big financial goal that Sarah and I have in front of us is to reach a point where we can live off of the proceeds of our investments, allowing us to walk away from work.

In essence, that’s what retirement is. Between Social Security (which one can see as an investment built up over a lifetime of working) and additional retirement plans and pensions, people often live out their later years by using the proceeds of their earlier working years.

Our goal, however, is early retirement. We want to do it as quickly as possible. I thought it might be interesting to walk you through our game plan.


Questions about Leftovers, Hobby Hype, Dollar Stores, Convenience, and More!

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. Planning for disabled child’s future
2. Investing while in debt
3. Ethics of possibly stolen items
4. Overseas money transfer
5. Dollar store purchases
6. How young can investing start?
7. Used car valuation
8. Buying local
9. Convenience and frugality
10. Wireless rechargeable speakers
11. Medical uncertainty
12. Rental disaster
13. Remembering leftovers
14. Older personal finance books
15. Hobby hype

I’ve mentioned before that I play both fantasy baseball and fantasy football with various groups of friends. That makes September a particularly interesting month as the fantasy football leagues are having their drafts and starting up while the fantasy baseball leagues are on the home stretch.

I spend late August and early September looking at far too many Excel spreadsheets full of statistics, trying to figure out which players to pick and which trades to pursue.