Lately, I’ve been reading the very enjoyable book Stop Getting Ripped Off by Bob Sullivan of The Red Tape Chronicles (a full review will come in a week or two).
The first section of the book discusses at length how people are often stymied at personal finance due to basic math skills.
Last Thursday, a favorite artist of mine passed away. Arnold Friberg was an American artist and illustrator who was famous for his paintings depicting religious, western, and patriotic scenes. Some of his most well-known work include the movie posters for Cecil B.
Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. I call it … the Time Machine.
One Year Ago (July 4 – July 10, 2009)
How Low Can You Go?
"True life is lived when tiny changes occur."
* A friend told me to check out The Blah, Blah, Blahg (love the name). When I went there, I saw why -- the writer was writing about her thoughts about a happiness project.
* There's been a lot of interest in the one-page discussion guide for book groups.
I have a dirty little secret. I hate ecommerce design.
In my history as a designer I’ve always found ecommerce design equivalent to trying to wrestle with a five-hundred-pound greased gorilla. At best it is a big hassle, and at its worst it is blood and carnage flowing down the streets.
My biggest complaint is usually how unwieldy and annoying it is to work with most ecommerce backends.
Is budgeting a hassle? Do you sometimes forget to make your Roth IRA contribution or to transfer this month’s installment for the new car you’re saving for? Do you wish there were some way to make the process easier?
One way to reduce human error is to set up a separate savings account for each of your goals.
This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen.
Today’s meal looks like a simple pasta…
… and it is, except that we do something a little different than most people seem to these days.
You see, we’re pretty picky about our sauce.
I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.
I'm in four book groups, if you can believe it, and one recurring challenge for each of the book groups is picking the next book.
Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jeffrey Tang of The Art of Great Things.
When we think about simplifying, we usually think about subtraction. Getting rid of excess stuff. Clearing away obligations. Deleting old emails.
We simplify by paring away the layers of something until we find the core. Too many books on the shelf?
If you could go back in time to the moment you first started freelancing, what is the single most important piece of advice you would give yourself?
Would you spend more time developing a specific skill set?
Would you tell yourself not to take on that CFH – Client From Hell?
Would you ensure that all clients pay 100% upfront – before any of the work starts?
Would you suggest that you read Fre