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By Gretchen Rubin

Think You Can’t Afford an Emergency Fund? Think Again!

Once upon a time it was enough to have a three-month emergency fund; now I hear we should aim for enough to cover a year’s worth of food, shelter, and other basics. A swell idea in theory, but this could actually discourage saving. Many people feel they could never set aside that much money, so why bother trying. Why?

3 Proven Ways To Once & For All Defeat Procrastination

I nearly put off writing this article because of an insidious disease that strikes all of us from time to time, and that disease is called procrastination. That was a joke, if you missed it. ‘Roundtuits’ are the friends of the mediocre because they are always saying that they will get around to it – somewhere into the never never future of nothing ever getting done. So allo

Limiting Beliefs

By Tina Su I never know what I’m going to write until I actually sit down to write it. Actually, the less I think about it, and just allow myself to relax into the flow, the better the writing usually takes shape. My state of mind has everything to do with the quality of the final result.

99% Conference 2011: Speaker Announcement

Creative minds from FuseProject, Pixar, IDEO, Google, and more will be speaking at the sold-out 2011 99% Conference.

Using Grocery Flyers to Plan Meals

As I’ve mentioned many times on The Simple Dollar, one of our most frequently-used methods for saving money on food is to simply create a meal plan each week based on the sales found in grocery flyers.

Traditional Firestarting-Part II: Fire from Friction

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Darren Bush. Today we continue our discussion of traditional firestarting with a primer on making fire from friction. Last time we talked about using flint and steel which is a really cool method and actually useful in real life situations.  Fire by friction is more temperamental and requires more technique and more patience.

Finding the Elusive Work-Life Balance

Post written by Leo Babauta. How do you find a balanced life when you’re overloaded with work? How do you switch off work when you’re away from the office? The answers to these very common questions are elusive. It’s never an easy thing.

9 Lies Unhappy People LOVE To Tell

We all know somebody who seems bound and determined to be miserable.

Vacation Inspired Coffee Table

Materials: (2) x Billsta table tops, 1 pack of (4) 6" Capita, 1 pack of (4) 8" Capita NON-IKEA - (4) 2"x 1/4" sunken machine screws, nuts, and washers Description: On a vacation to Sweden (yes, the motherland of IKEA) I ran across a coffee table (pic, right) that I'd been looking for.

Skill vs. Better Tools

I have been doing quite a bit of programming over the past few months.  Last night I took a few hours to see if I could find some better tools. I tried out a different programming environment and tested some tweaks to Eclipse (the program I currently use for programming).

Meet Mark McGuinness: Biz Coach To Creative Pros and Artists

This is the third post in my BS-Free Business Masters series, where I introduce you to a small gathering of people who specialize in getting you and your business where you want to go.It bears repeating, one of my key criteria in selecting and sharing each of these people is that they’ve succeed, often many times over, at creating their businesses, before turning to the business of helping o

How to Keep a Conversation Going

It happens to the best of us: we’re talking to someone we’ve just met, and the conversation is stalling. We don’t know where to take it, how to keep it going and the silence is making us feel awkward.

SimpliFried round-up

It’s difficult for me to believe, but our sister site SimpliFried has been live for two weeks now.

Savings Under the Kitchen Sink

Yep, under the kitchen sink. Like a lot of people, the cupboard under our kitchen sink is chock full of all sorts of household items. A few days ago, I was searching for a replacement water filter, as we have an under-the-sink water filtration system and the filter was due to be replaced.

Accelerated Design: Streamline Your Workflow

Credit: Gamma-Ray Productions/Flickr Two weeks ago, in Part One of this article were tips on how to assess a rush job and when it might be a good idea to turn one down. Some of this season’s Layer Tennis contestants also shared thoughts about how they work under the strain of a tight deadline.