Last Week in Browsing – Third Delayed Edition

Apps vs the Web (via Daring Fireball)

Bluelounge Mini Dock adapter – clever. (via Minimal Mac)

The Birdy – great way to track spending. Simply respond to one email each day. I use Evernote to do the same thing – but I do it live – as soon as I spend it, I email my Evernote account like this: 2011 Taxes – Expense – Software – App Store – $9.99 – but that doesn’t give me pretty charts.

The Birdy would go great with SassyCents, a new “how to be smart with your money” blog from Tammy Thorn.

Viva La Vida, Lego Edition

1.8 Zettabytes – wow.

Meetings are death, death to meetings – YES!

Time is precious

It is for this reason I refuse to spend even one moment too many in a job I do not like or doing something that I do not enjoy. The work we do should add value to our lives in the form of growth, compassion or fulfillment.

- Patrick Rhone » My Manifesto: Time is precious

Oldie but a goodie. Spend more time with your friends, family or yourself this week. Be good. Enjoy the moments. Think you’re “too busy”? Get over it. Try to remove that phrase from your vocabulary.

Then, remove the tasks/jobs that are making you too busy to enjoy a few meaningful moments.

Spanning Sync Update, Discount Coupon and Easy Money

Spanning Sync, which I’ve been using for over a year now to sync my Mac and iPhone with Google Calendar and Contacts, has some really great updates over the last couple of months. I’m just getting around to posting about it.

First off, their Save $5, Make $5 program is still going strong. It’s easy money folks. Use code D8BYCM when you sign up for the subscription, and you get your own discount code. Find four people who need this sync functionality, and you’ve made your money back. Find more and you’re making money for using a tool that you’ll use anyway. Pretty sweet.

In addition, Spanning Tools are available, and they’ve recently announced a Spanning Backup service that is looking for beta testers. They also helped Postbox develop their referral program. Pretty sweet. It’s a Save $10, Make $5 program. For $10 off Postbox, use coupon code R7AJZ. Postbox is a mailbox manager for Windows and Mac.

If you’re on a Mac, and you use Google tools, or if you just want to make some easy money, you need Spanning Sync.

**These links are affiliate links. As always, 50% goes to charity.**

Repay Your Debt

I was thinking about this the other day, thought I’d share. We owe money, like most people. We have generous friends and family that have helped us out throughout the years. We have student loans, we have a mortgage, and we have car payments. We’re lucky that we have minimal credit card debt.

Anyhow, I’ll get to the point. Don’t be a chump. Don’t wait for a bailout. Pay back your debt, and do it in this order:

  1. Friends: because you don’t want to be “that” guy.
  2. Family: because you may need them to loan it back in the future.
  3. Credit Cards: because they are brutal.
  4. Automobile: because car payments suck.
  5. Other (mortgage, student loans, etc.): because they are, typically, fair and manageable investments.

“How do I do this?” You might ask. Easy:

  • Buy a used car. (And join a credit union so you’ll get a better rate).
  • Go out to eat (or, especially, drink) one or two fewer times per week.
  • Quit with the Starbucks (or variation). Brew at home, and buy a nice to-go cup. Like the specialty drinks? Have you seen the flavors the creamer companies have come out with recently. Buy some.
  • Drop the gym membership. Be honest, you don’t really use it, anyway (if you’re in the 5% who actually do, kudos to you). Do some pushups and crunches, jump rope, ride a bike. Do yoga at home.
  • Get a cell plan that fits your usage. One should never EVER pay overage fees or excessive texting fees.

Keep it simple. There are plenty of ways to save a few bucks here and there so you can take care of that pesky debt. Get creative. Most importantly, do it. However you have to. Do it.