small change toward a rich life

October 2012

  1. Career advice for cats and foxes

    30 October 2012

    What do you want to be when you grow up? I spent a lot of time as a kid trying to answer that question — not in a casual way, but with an unchildlike level of seriousness and deliberation, including trips to the library to research esoteric details of my prospective careers. For example, at […]

  2. Setting up the Great Cash Experiment

    18 October 2012

    Having been convinced by numerous psychological studies that credit cards are causing us to spend more, on October first Jak and I began our Great Cash Experiment, in which we try to replace plastic forms of payment with cash — as much as is feasible, here in twenty-first century America. As you might expect, there […]

  3. Now Read This — clothesline paradox, tragedy of the credit commons, and cheaper smartphone bills

    13 October 2012

    Until now I’ve deliberately limited Pocketmint to original articles and avoided the more traditionally bloggish ‘lists of links’. But I’ve decided to experiment with a new feature which allows me to occasionally add annotated pointers to important content elsewhere. Tim O’Reilly on the Clothesline Paradox Tim O’Reilly is a champion of business that focuses on […]

  4. The credit card rewards system is gaming you

    8 October 2012

    Warnings against credit cards, while common, are almost always of the ‘don’t carry a balance’ variety. Over and over, we are told that as long as we pay off your balance each month and avoid fees and interest charges, we’ll come out ahead. I’ve noticed that bloggers in particular love to trumpet the advantages of […]

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