Lots of links to share, so I thought I’d do the shotgun approach to blogging tonight.
What The World Eats, Part 1. This is a cool piece that shows what 12 different families from around the world eat in a week, and how much it costs. In Time magazine, based on the book Hungry Planet, via Bogleheads.
Speaking of eating… what about the incredible shrinking Doritos bag “Big companies are protecting profits with subtle repackaging, putting a little less into boxes of cereal, containers of ice cream, rolls of paper towels and other products. Guess who’s paying for it.” One thing I’ve also noticed is that means generic packages often hold more product despite the outside box being the same size. This makes store brands an even better buy these situations.
ChaCha is a service where you can call or SMS text a question and a human will text you back the answer. Currently free. You can also apply to be one of those humans (“Guides”) and get 10-20 cents per query answered. Thanks to Frank, who says you can earn a flexible $6-8/hr. Use his e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as referrer when signing up.
A related site is Mahalo Greenhouse, where you get paid to research and write up results for the Mahalo search engine. Pay rates unknown, and you only get paid if accepted.
AishCafe is paying college students $250 to take an online course to learn more about Judaism. Interesting idea. Seems like a decent time commitment, must go through interviews.
Frugal Freedom has shared her early retirement budget, and it’s only $600 per month! I’m worried that her healthcare costs are too low, but she is living in an paid-off RV so her housing costs are minimal.
Is tipping really so hard? The Freakonomics blog notices that “out of 59 apps in the finance section [of the iPhone App website], at least 15 of them help you calculate a restaurant tip.” Seriously, what’s wrong with using the built-in calculator?