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By Brett Kelly

How to Ask for a Raise in a Bad Job Market

This is a guest post by Alexandra Levit, a formerly nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and Money Magazine’s Online Career Expert of the Year.

How To Discover the Greatness Within

Within all human beings, no matter what part of the world they’re from, what their environment has been, what culture they come from, what their religious tradition is, there lives a certain kind of greatness. Everyone knows that this greatness lives within them.

A Master Plan for Taking Back Control of Your Life

Our willpower is a highly limited resource, and it gets depleted by every act that requires its use. We outline 8 steps you can take to maintain peak performance.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Cooking Stock

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.

How to Read More: A Lover’s Guide

Post written by Leo Babauta. Reading a good book is one of my favorite things in the world. A novel is a time machine, a worm-hole to different dimensions, a special magic that puts you into the minds and bodies of fascinating people, a transporter that lets you travel the world, a dizzying exploration of love and death and sex and seedy criminal underworlds and fairylands, a creator of new best f

Last-Minute Holiday Saving Tips: How to Grow Your Christmas Nest Egg

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Autumn is here and the leaves are just starting to turn. Believe it or not, that means it’s time to start thinking about the holiday season. Holiday expenses can pile up quickly.

Modern to Traditional Chairs

Materials: Stefan Chair Description: What does one do when they love Ikea prices but have a very traditional home? Why whip up a slip cover to turn a $19 Ikea-modernish chair into something perfect in a very traditional home! Here's how: 1) Cut my standard 54" wide decorator fabric in half lengthwise. 2) Draped it over the chair and pin it tight along the back of the chair on both sides.

Can mise en place make your cooking more organized?

When cooking from a recipe, I usually: Read through the entire recipe to get a comprehensive idea of what I’ll be doing. Read through the recipe again, this time taking notes on the recipe that are helpful to me during the cooking process. Set out all of the equipment I’ll need to complete the recipe. Measure, chop, mince, etc.

Elegant and cheap selfmade canopy bed

Materials: 4 Dignitet, 2 curved Dignitet, 2 Dignitet steel cables, 6 Matilda curtains Description: Work on the ceiling: 1. Apply one Dignitet on both sides of the head of the bed. 2. Apply one curved Dignitet on both sides of the foot of the bed 3.

Reader Mailbag: Scheduling Events

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. Student loan payoff or Roth? 2. Should we refinance? 3. Discrimination and temp rights 4. In college and in debt 5. Exhaustion 6. Debt and disability 7. Multi-level marketing 8. Fixing an iPod battery 9.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 1, October

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

How to Deal With a Job You Hate

Do you dread Monday mornings?It’d be great if we all had creative, fulfilling jobs with fantastic bosses and brilliant colleagues. The truth is, though, that an awful lot of people – some figures suggesting as many as 80% - are dissatisfied with their jobs.Maybe you’re one of them. You might have once enjoyed your job – but either you’ve changed or the work environment has.

FADOnet

Materials: FADO lamp, HTC Diamond package Arduino UNO and Arduino Ethernet Shield from Arduino. Description: I have the pleasure to present you the FADOnet. This concept is based on the FADO Lamp, the packaging of the HTC diamond and is enriched with electronic system. Click to read more>>

A Meeting of Minds: Financial Blogger Conference 2011

I spent the weekend in Chicago, meeting and talking with 279 other financial bloggers. After years of saying we should all get together, we finally did (thanks to the hard work of Phil Taylor from PT Money). For three days, we talked about writing, marketing, and monetization.