May I direct to a new blog that I've been following? Jonathan Degani's Shomer Shekalim provides a wealth of information about how to live on an Israeli budget. He doesn't assume that you are independently wealthy, doesn't assume you have an American salary, doesn't assume your parents are supporting you; he assumes that you are an average Joe, making an average Israeli salary, trying to live within your means while saving for that proverbial rainy day and big ticket items (homes, college, weddings, that fabulous trip to the Far East).
And while some of his posts are specific to us Israelis (eg how the tax system works here--that was an eye opener), others are more general and include advice that would be helpful to anyone who needs money.
While you're there, look closely at his blogroll. Maybe you can gently tell him that my mother-in-law doesn't have a blog. Or at least hasn't told me about it...(hat tip to Mother-in-Israel for giving me the head's up on this, and making me smile).
In other news, today is Veteran's Day in the US. I think that over the past few years, probably since September 11, more Americans take this day much more seriously, which is of course proper and right. I doubt if any actual veterans ready my blog, but if you do, I want to thank you for your service. You and so many other men and women have sacrificed much for America's freedom, and it's appreciated by Americans all over the world...
The Stuff That Lasts, Part Deux
3 months ago