Wednesday Compilation of Interesting Reads

I spend a lot (too much) time reading blogs and websites, so I thought I might as well share what I find especially interesting each week. This is a feature I enjoy on other blogs, because it leads me to more blogs and more information. I want to say that it helps me save time, but it probably doesn't. Use this feature at your own risk. 

That being said, here's what I enjoyed reading this last week. 

Sorry, blender, but I'm already making plans for your replacement. 

Sorry, blender, but I'm already making plans for your replacement. 

5 Things to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Vitamix - Now that we're making two smoothies a day, I'm thinking about replacing my old Hamilton Beach blender, purchased approximately 20 years ago while I was in college. It sounds like it could die at any moment. Vitamix may be the best, but I don't necessarily want to spend hundreds of dollars on a blender. However, I do want something good that will last, and I'd like to get something made in the US. 

How to Find the Perfect Hotel Room - Brian and Shannon, "fulltime wanderers" at Everywhere Once, share their techniques for finding places to stay. I've used some of these, but not in such an organized way. Next time we plan a trip, I'm going to try their methods. 

When Can I Retire? - A calculator for figuring this out. But also take a look at...

Extremely Early Retirement - It's Just Not Working - ...for some thoughts on why the results that calculator gives might be inacurate. 

A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans - This sounds like a great plan for someone who doesn't change sizes from year to year. It did get me thinking about how I care for my jeans, though, and it inspired Eric to set aside one pair as his good pair. 

"We Are Rich Because They Are Poor" - Sam at Frugaling posted some interesting thoughts about a reality show featuring Norwegian fashion bloggers who spent a month in Cambodia with garment industry workers. It matters where you buy those three pairs of jeans.