I got back from BlogHer 2011 late in the evening on July 9. Since then I’ve been hitting MSN Money and Get Rich Slowly deadlines pretty hard, and spending time (including a day in Vancouver, B.C.) with an old friend who’s here in town.
Just before midnight tonight I get on a plane for the East Coast, where I’ll be spending just over a month:
- Being in Philadelphia for about a day and a half (in a hostel, of course)
- Taking the Megabus to New York City for the three-day Affiliate Marketing Summit
- Hanging out for a few extra days (again, in a hostel) to do free tourist stuff in NYC
- Taking the Megabus to Washington, D.C., where I’ll stay in yet another hostel and do free/cheap tourist stuff
- Taking the Megabus back up to Philly, and then a New Jersey Transit bus down to where my dad lives
- Spending a couple of weeks hanging out with family and friends
To make a short story long (a trick that came in really handy in college), that’s why I haven’t been writing much lately. I needed to meet deadlines up through Sept. 7 in order to make this trip, and to set the wheels in motion for additional deadlines.
So all I have for you today is a series of linkages, and a reminder.
My current column at MSN Money, “Survive a disaster — in your condo,” addresses the need to be self-sufficient in case of disaster, vs. waiting for the U.S. government or the MRE Fairy to set everything right after earthquake, flood, pandemic or civil insurrection. Even if you’re in a tight space on a tight budget, you can do this.
Just FYI: One of the experts interviewed wrote a book called “The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do To Ready Your Home For a Disaster.” That book will be a giveaway some time in the next couple of months, along with a prep-worthy lagniappe donated by the author herself. (You’re going to love it.)
Despite the attention-getting headline, “How to get cheap drugs” is not about making connections. For illegal pharmaceuticals, anyway. It’s my latest piece up at Get Rich Slowly, and it addresses the high cost of chemistry and how you can reduce the price of prescriptions.
My recent article, “How to complain,” is an Editor’s Pick in this week’s Carnival of Personal Finance. As always, these carnivals are great ways to find new sites and info you might otherwise miss. Check it out.
Finally, MSN Money columnist Liz Pulliam Weston asks the musical question, “Can frugality be a cult?” on her website. To answer it, she talked with me, Ramit Sethi of I Will Teach You to Be Rich and J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly. Apparently we’re the “left, right and center” when it comes to frugality.
Oh, and remember: You have until 9 p.m. PDT today, Aug. 17, to qualify for an Amazon gift card drawing by joining Swagbucks from my website. I’ll draw the winners while waiting for my plane at SeaTac. Hint: I originally promised up to eight prizes, but am giving away more.