Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: How to do things faster, why you should chase your dreams, why you should hang out naked, why you shouldn’t hire help and where to find cheap cigars.

1. Buying Cheap Cigars Online Without Breaking the Bank

[Save Outside the Box] “Several years ago, smoking a cigar that wasn’t purchased at a gas station or local pharmacy was, for me, a rare occasion. I loved good cigars, but, as many of us, my budget simply could not afford to keep a humidor stocked with them.”

I’m not a cigar smoker, but I am aware how expensive a good stogie can be. For you cigar aficionados out there, this post reviews three sites to get your fix for less.

2. The Cost of Outsourcing

Stapler Confessions “… I don’t know about you, but I hate cleaning. I also am not a huge fan of raking and mowing the lawn. Come to think of it, I’d prefer to hire a plumber to fix our toilet and a handy person to help install a sump pump. Yet, I resist.”

If I’m paying someone $15/hour to clean my house and I make $50/hour, it pays to hire help, right? Not so fast. According to this article, that’s not a fair comparison, largely because of taxes and other expenses that reduce my take-home pay. Interesting article: Check it out.

3. Frugal tip: Get naked!

[I Pick Up Pennies] “As soon as I got home, I stripped down to my skivvies and turned on the ceiling fans in the dining and living rooms. I had cooled down within a couple of minutes. Despite our thermostat sitting at 80.”

While it’s common sense, this is the first article I’ve seen that suggests shedding clothes to save money. The less you wear, the less air conditioning you need and the less laundry you need to do. And that’s not all the available savings: See the post for more. Then quit that grinnin’ and drop that linen!

4. Taking a (Careful) Leap of Faith

[Surviving and Thriving] “When I met Dana Stabenow she was at the tail-end of a carefully chosen yet potentially disastrous decision: to quit her lucrative job, get a master’s degree in creative writing and become an author. She went broke in the attempt, but that’s not the end of her story.”

This is the inspirational tale of someone who was making good money, but chucked it all for a chance to make a living at something she really wanted to do. Spoiler alert: The ending is a very happy one.

In addition to inspiration, this post also has some good advice to follow before you tell the boss to take this job and shove it.

5. 24 Little Things You Can Do Faster

[Wise Bread] “In a hurry? Let’s speed things up!”

This one tells you how to do things like tie your shoes faster (don’t untie them in the first place), throw things away faster (put your trash in the corner so you can throw stuff), leave places faster (back your car in) and plenty more ideas guaranteed to transform you into a blur of motion.

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