Cinco de Weeko

by Shawanda Greene

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Aah. What a week. I’ve been looking forward to writing this roundup all day. Although not totally related to personal finance, I recently discovered two great resources. They’ve made it so much easier for me to consume all the interesting information I come across.

First up is Snackr. It’s completely revolutionized how I organize my RSS subscriptions. There’s no point in trying to explain what it does when I can just copy and paste a blurb from their website.

It’s an RSS ticker that pulls random items from your feeds and scrolls them across your desktop. When you see a title that looks interesting, you can click on it to pop up the item in a window.

See. Easy peasy. If you choose to use it, I hope it’s as good to you as it is to me.

Next up is Instapaper. Like you, I can’t always immediately drop what I’m doing to read a blog post or article that interests me. Instapaper has proven to be an extremely simple and useful tool for bookmarking the stuff I want to read later.

What’s most appealing is that Instapaper allows you to install a bookmarklet at the top of your web browser. You see something you like. One click on the Read Later bookmarklet and all that nerdilicious goodness is saved for future reading. You can do the same with Delicious, but I find Instapaper’s site is a bit cleaner.

Now that that’s out the way, let’s get to the meat of what’s truly important.

After reading Why the hell do guys have to pay for everything? by Fabulously Broke, I wanted to puke. The post tells of a chick who sought alimony from her ex-husband after 25 years of divorce. And the judge granted it to her. To the tune of $1,600 per month. Come on!

I don’t buy Christmas gifts. I don’t believe in it. Gift giving that is. Christmas is cool. But if I change my position between now and the actual holiday, I’m referencing Money Funk’s Christmas Gifts Under $10.

Some gentle urging from Whitney at Thanks for the Food led me to a decision to acquire a slow cooker. If I can’t find a free one on Freecycle, borrow one from a friend, or practically steal one on Craigslist, then I’ll buy a new one. I’m looking forward to Black Friday. It’s a glorious day to pick up deeply discounted toys for yourself. Squawkfox’s How to Buy a Slow Cooker or Crock Pot is right on time.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to read as many non-You Have More Than You Think blogs as I would’ve liked. I was too busy writing five posts a week and wasting time on Twitter.

Now, it’s time to relax.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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ctreit November 7, 2009 at 9:08 PM

Read later is part of my tool bar, but I forget that I put something there sometimes. When I actually look at the sites I bookmarked, I forget why I thought this was so important. It is like collecting magazines that I want to read later. Eventually I just throw out a stack of 20 magazines without having read them now or later…


Shawanda Greene November 7, 2009 at 9:37 PM

I know what you mean, but Instapaper is so easy to clear. If you don’t read an article in a couple days….delete.


Money Funk November 8, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Oh hey, thanks for the link luv. ;)

I want to check out Instapaper. That sounds like a great blogging commodity to have on my desktop.

Okay, you have to try some of these delicious slow cooking recipes from A Year of Crockpotting. I highly recommend the lemon chicken or the cranberry-beer roast. Yum! Serious yum!


Jason Menayan @ Dyalogues November 9, 2009 at 3:29 PM

I’ll heartily second Instapaper, esp the iPhone app!

It’s a godsend when you want to read something later on your iPhone when you don’t have internet connectivity. I will save stuff while at home or at work, and then read them when commuting on the train. :)


Shawanda Greene November 9, 2009 at 11:42 PM

I had trouble installing Instapaper on my iPhone. I don’t know why it can’t be easier. Maybe I’m just dumb.


Jason Menayan @ Dyalogues November 10, 2009 at 9:00 PM

You got it via the App Store directly over the air, right? (I’ve never been able to successfully download an app to my computer and sync it…)


Shawanda Greene November 10, 2009 at 10:24 PM

Yep. Actually, it wasn’t the Instapaper app that gave me trouble. It was the Read Later button. I eventually got it to work last night. The whole process just seemed a bit awkward.


FABULOUSLYBROKE.COM November 15, 2009 at 12:23 PM

*HUGS* Thanks for the link!


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