Weekly Roundup

Groupon features a daily deal on stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in your city. They promise businesses a minimum number of customers so as to pass on the discounts to members. Sign up for a free account and click "BUY" before the daily offer ends at midnight. If the minimum number of people sign up, the site charges your card and sends you a link to print your Groupon.

In the mood to hit some garage and yard sales this summer? Make sure to check out Yard Sale Treasure Map. Enter your location, search radius and the day you will be out and the site will map all of the sales matching your criteria that are listed on Craigslist.

If you have any old German military items sitting around The Ruptured Duck could be a good place to get an idea of what your stuff might be worth. The owner, Bill Shea, has a massive collection for sale that includes belts and buckles, books, insignia, documents, daggers, swords, field gear, flags, medals and badges and much more. Make sure to visit his links page while there.

I read this article about when the benefits run out with mixed emotions. I have known people that milked the system and didn’t try to find a job at all, sitting around waiting for the checks to arrive. I have also known people who desperately tried to find work while on unemployment. As for how long the benefits should last…it was and still is a temporary solution, and that means by definition it must have an end.

DogFriendly provides nationwide city guides and travel guides for dog owners. If you like to travel with your dog this site is indispensible. While there take a look at their free online travel guide.

Some recent personal finance posts I enjoyed reading.
I liked this post on the luxury of frugal thinking. Take the time to read through the comments section as well.
This blogger makes a good point that personal finance success is not always in one form.

Weekly Reminder – A reminder of a useful article you might have missed. This is a quick little post where I list the best sweepstakes sites.

The Compost Bin Bonus

A few weeks ago I got to looking at our compost bin and realized I hadn’t turned it for quite a while. I grabbed the spading fork from the garage and dug into the top layer of decaying matter. A few more stabs and I was down to the rich, brown compost that made up the lower levels and, lo and behold, there were some of the longest, fattest night crawlers I have ever seen.

We started composting last year, keeping a small plastic bucket on top of the fridge that we add coffee grounds, vegetable parts, egg shells, etc. to until it is full. It’s then walked out to the compost bin and dumped. The paper from our shredder is also added to the pile, as well as an occasional sprinkling of dirt. We even kept this up over last winter so that we now have about a knee high pile ready to be spread out on the garden this fall after harvest.

Back to the worms…I had read they were part of the composting process but for some reason I conjured up an image of tiny worms quietly nibbling on garbage, not the huge things I found thrashing around like movie monsters from the 1950’s. A very pleasant surprise and one that will come in handy the next time I go fishing.

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