America's Cheapest Family… And Our Money Assumptions

This morning, America’s Cheapest Family, the Economides (real name!) were supposed to be on the Today Show again. As I’ve been thinking about how we earn and spend money, I’ve been poking around a bit on their website and checking out their advice, because I think it highlights a few money assumptions that many of us hold… but could… read more »

Random Acts of Microphilanthropy

One of the ideas I’m advocating in the Book Currently Known As Plenty is to create a small fund of charity fun money. I think the bulk of our giving should go to 1-2 causes we strongly support and with which we will also volunteer extensively (like your church). But in the context of buying happiness, there’s nothing quite like going through life on… read more »

Childcare, TV and Children's Time

I am a big fan of center-based childcare (i.e. daycare). Jasper started when he was a few months old, and though the first year was tough with illnesses, by age 15 months they had started a pre-school type curriculum. I love that we don’t have to constantly schedule activities and play dates to keep him entertained. Instead, he’s learning music,… read more »

Last Week's Round-up: Fantasies and Weekends

Over at BNET last week, I tackled two issues: daydreams and weekends. Yes, it was that kind of week. A bit crazed, but a lot of fun. I was in Chicago Thursday through Sunday, singing at the American Choral Directors Association conference with my choir, the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. We did the full-on college-style choir tour, making this the first tim… read more »

10 Ways to Stretch The 167-Hour Week

Yes, we are springing forward this Sunday. That means that this week is a wee bit shorter than most. But there’s no reason it has to feel like it. Here are a few ways to get that hour back:

Watch an hour less of TV. Commit this week to watching only shows you love and absolutely nothing else.
Do one thing at a time. When you try to check email while writing an essa… read more »