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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Ozzie and Harriet’s Halloween Party

Every few months, I browse over at the Internet Archives to see if any new public-domain money movies have been posted.

My Ten Biggest Money Savers Since Starting The Simple Dollar

Today is the four year anniversary of The Simple Dollar.

Why You Need to Pick Up Your Tortoise (and Run With It)

Most of us live complicated lives and are constantly juggling several tasks at once.

20 Things I’ve Learned From Traveling Around the World for Three Years

Gary Arndt is the man behind Everything Everywhere, one of the most popular travel blogs in the world, and one of Time Magazine’s “Top 25 Best Blogs of 2010.” Since March 2007, Gary has been traveling around the globe, having visited more than 70 countries and territories, and gaining worldly wisdom in the process. Today, I’ve asked him to share some of that wisdom. Enter

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 30, 2010

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.

Assorted Links for October 30, 2010

It’s been a fun Halloween week here at Unclutterer, and we hope you have a terrific time celebrating the holiday officially tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy these links related to uncluttering, simple living, and some randomly cool things: Recent bride Naomi Selden wrote about how to create a clutter-free wedding registry on D. Allison Lee’s Organize to Revitalize blog.

Money Magic That Really Works

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. It’s Halloween, the season of ghosts, ghouls, and witches! To celebrate, I thought I’d share a little money magic with you that really works. It’s an old Southern folk magic spell called Money Stay With Me.

Chest of Dreams

Materials: Fira Boxes, legs, etc. Description: For two different classrooms, I did an auction item called a Chest of Dreams. I interviewed each of the kids to find out what they were interested in when they grew up and created a box for each of them. The item did really well in the auction and here is the finished product.

How To Feel Great Every Time You Get Dressed

Did you know you can instantly feel a lot better about your body simply by choosing clothes that fit and flatter you now, rather than putting it off until you reach some ideal weight? Or that the best way to exude sexuality and confidence is not by squeezing into skin tight clothes but finding outfits that work with your body? Perhaps you feel like it would be shallow or frivolous to worry too mu

Can’t Keep Up? 10 Reasons To Take A Well Deserved Time Out

Are you feeling like your wheels are spinning out of control and going nowhere? If your work time is tipping the scales toward WAY TOO MUCH!, it’s time to take a time- out and find a meaningful way to balance your energy. 1.  You’re running on empty. Sleep is an essential part of life. Accept it. The only time your body will restore itself is while you are sleeping.

Frustrated? Stuck? Put Yourself in Creativity Boot Camp.

Happiness resolution: Put yourself in creativity boot camp. A few days ago, I posted some mental exercises that are meant to boost creativity and flexibility in thinking.

Homemade Gift Series #7: Crocheted Hat and Scarf

My wife, Sarah, loves to make homemade functional items, particularly ones that give her hands busywork when she’s doing something like watching a movie or rocking a baby. Thus, it’s not surprising that crocheting is a natural match for her. This year, she elected to make a crocheted hat and scarf set for one particular relative (and is considering making a second set).

How to fit a Samtid floor lamp in a corner

Materials: Samtid floor lamp Description: Not much to describe actually, since there's not much of a hack, but still - you can see everything on the photos - in order to put the lamp in the corner get rid of the footing, drill several holes, and attach the stand to the wall with perforated interconnect tape. ~ Denis, Moscow, Russia

Ask Unclutterer: In-home safe or safety deposit box?

Reader Dawn submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Do you have any thoughts on whether it’s best to have a safety deposit box vs. an at-home fire/water-proof safe? We have a fire/water-proof safe mounted to the floor in our master bedroom closet that stores all of our super important documents, as well as some valuables. Maybe that’s not the best idea?

Billy rat cage

Materials: Billy bookcase, some shelves, hinges, ... Description: The cage of our rats became too small and we had problems with the old cage because of litter falling all the time.