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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Ask the Readers: Methods for Effective Money Management?

On Monday I confessed that since I stopped tracking my spending, I’ve actually had some trouble paying my bills. It’s not that I don’t have the money — I have plenty! — but that I no longer have a system in place to remind myself to take care of routine financial tasks.

Change Takes Passion

‘Intensity’ courtesy of of Julie Pflanzer/FineArtAmerica It’s not enough to desire to change. Even shutting your eyes, gritting your teeth and repeating “I will change, I WILL change, I WILL CHANGE” won’t do the trick. Some people say “just make a decision” to change.

Boxing Basics-Part I: How to Wrap Your Hands

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse who will be doing a series of posts for AoM on the basics of boxing. Thanks Chad! Boxing has been around for thousands of years in some form or another.

Upside down Billy bookcase

Materials: Billy Bookcase Description: I needed storage on my very deep, very large fireplace. I took a half height billy bookcase flipped it upside down and attached basic crown molding to the top. I know it's nothing spectacular but it works well for us. ~ Ashli M, Vancouver, BC

The 10 Best Web Apps for Freelancers

Web based applications are overflowing the internet these days, but to short down the humongous list of several thousands – I thought it would be best to showcase 10 of the Best Web Based applications a freelancer needs. These are all great apps, some might work for you, some might not. It all depends on who you ask, me for one, have found these to be the best for what I need.

Buying Things You Wish You Had Time For

Not too long ago, I traded in my Nintendo DS and the games I had accumulated for it for a Playstation 3 and a handful of used games. I did this for two reasons, mostly. One, I don’t play the DS much at all since I’m not traveling (when I am out and about, I usually use my iPod Touch).

Bathroom to Computer room using Kitchen Cupboards

Materials: Adel (cabinets) and Lagan (countertops) Description: Our computer room started it's life as a first floor powder room. We used an Ikea upper corner cabinet for a lower cabinet because we didn't have room for the depth of a lower cabinet. We used Ikea uppers for the two upper cabinets with adel glass panel doors.

10 Extremely Simple Tips To Eliminate Stress in Your Day.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Ten extremely simple and easy tips to take stress out of your day. When I was little, I was always puzzled by the maxim, "A stitch in time saves nine." I couldn't figure out what that meant. Finally, light dawned: a single stitch, made in good time, saves the trouble of making nine stitches later.

The Marginal Utility of Money

This is a guest post from Mike Piper, who writes at Oblivious Investor, where he explains such thrilling topics as 401k rollovers and Roth IRA rules. I know I’m taking a risk by starting an article by defining a term from economics. But please, stick with me.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Your children can have toys and you can have an uncluttered homeHaving children and being uncluttered are not mutually exclusive endeavors. Cordotz clear cable confusionCord identifier buttons and straps are a colorful way to get rid of the mess of cables under your desk or behind your television. 2007 Rid your shower of bottle clutterYou shouldn’t be distracted by a multitude of con

Unitasker Wednesday: The Krustbuster

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! When did knives become too difficult to use? When did crust become something you don’t eat? When was using your fingers or a chopstick ineffective for pinching two pieces of bread together?

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Money Is Time Edition

Everyone says that time is money. Well, there’s truth in the reverse, as well. If you spend your money wisely, money becomes time.

11 Creative Ways to Avoid Becoming a Workaholic

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens. Our culture celebrates workaholism. We hear stories of people who “burn the mid-night oil” at the office, or about individuals who never take vacations.

Practicing simple living

I recently led a three-day workshop titled “The Practice of Simplicity.” When choosing the name for this program, I specifically chose the word practice for the title because of its broad meaning. People who ascribe to a life of simplicity often consider themselves practitioners — in the sense that a doctor might say she practices medicine, an unclutterer might say he practices s