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Reader Mailbag: Winter Hands

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Splitting up retirement contributions 2. Surveys at retail shops 3. Investment or debt? 4. Gum as impulse buy 5. Outsized medical bill 6. Breadmaking tip 7. Avoiding Christmas 8. Savings bonds and student loans 9.

Why Most of Us Won’t Change Banks

This post is from staff writer Sarah Gilbert. Did you ever look at a bank’s website and think to yourself, “Why would they give you free bill pay when they charge for everything else?” Even with the super-restrictive accounts that limit ATM deposits and withdrawals; put holds on most of your checks; and demand monthly fees or regular savings transfers; bill pay is usually offered

Make Your Tax Preparer Happy This Year

Want to make your tax preparer the happiest person on the planet? By spending a few minutes on your financial paperwork now, you can make your life easier, as well as theirs. As a freelancer, it’s easy to tell yourself that your financial paperwork really isn’t that complicated and that you can put it off indefinitely.

Expedit (Computer) Desk

Materials: 1 x Expedit Shelving Unit (2x2; 601.352.99); 1 x Expedit Desk (601.160.69); Opt.: 1 x Besta (401.021.48) + 1 x Inreda (= drawer for Besta; 701.050.27) or some 'Expedit-Stuff' like drawer or something... Description: I was looking for a low-priced Computer-Desk.

Don’t Go it Alone: How Other People Can Help You Reach Your Goals

Do you have a tough time accepting help? A few years ago, I thought that achievements only really “counted” if I did everything alone. I was afraid that accepting help would make me look weak.

The Ultimate Squat Guide: 35+ Squat Exercises

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joel Ohman. Ah, the squat. Certainly one of the manliest exercises around, and for good reason. You can make a strong case that the squat is the best exercise you can possibly do. In the old school weightlifting classic, Super Squats: How to Gain 30 lbs of Muscle in 6 Weeks by Dr.

Zigzag Fullen Bar

Materials: Fullen Sink Cabinet, Metrik Handles Description: We have a nook in our apartment that's too small to fit a bar cabinet. My husband and I are classic cocktail fans and we needed a place to store some of our bottles and a place to display our tiki glasses. The Fullen sink cabinet was small enough to fit in the space. 1.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 2010 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Organized gifts for kidsA list of practical gifts for kids that they can unwrap, which help to keep their lives more organized. Being organized before a doctor’s visitDoctors can be intimidating, even those with amazing bedside manners.

Ladder into steps

Materials: Kura, Trofast, bits of wood railings Description: I needed to figure a way to save space in my girls bedroom but the problem with the Kura bed we had was that my daughters could not climb up or down the ladder to get into or out of the bed. We bought a Trofast storage unit as a replacement for the stairs. It worked great!

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Hot Tub Usage

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Art of Manliness x Huckberry Holiday Gift Shop Giveaway

In our Holiday Gift Guide that we published on Monday, we mentioned that we’ve collaborated with membership deal site Huckberry to create a holiday gift shop just for Art of Manliness readers. I picked the items to include in the store and the gents at Huckberry worked with the companies to get a special discount just for AoM readers who sign up as a member of Huckberry.

Metal night stand

Materials: Helmer, Capita, drill, grinder Description: We stumbled onto the Helmer and thought it would be perfect as a night stand with 6 drawers for all out stuff. However, with our bed being so high off the ground and the lowest drawer being pretty much on the floor, it didn't seem like it would work.

The Eight Splendid Truths of Happiness.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. In my study of happiness, I've labored to identify its fundamental principles. Because I get a tremendous kick out of the numbered lists that pop up throughout Buddhism (the Triple Refuge, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths, the eight auspicious symbols), I decided to dub these fundamental principles as my Eight Splendid Truths.

Do Not Deprive Yourself: How to Eat Healthy For Life

Diets do not work. Period. They often eliminate whole food groups (which is unhealthy and dangerous) or they eliminate your favorite foods (which makes them hard to stick to!) You can’t live on a restrictive diet for the rest of your life.

Unitasker Wednesday: Puzzle Sorters Puzzling Made EZ

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! While on a recent trip inside Barnes and Noble, reader Megan had reason to stop and pause. It wasn’t a book title that caught her eye, nor was it a glossy magazine cover.