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By Colin Beavan

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 6, 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.

There Lies A Great Marketer

Nothing quite like the power of a good funeral… My Valentine’s Day started with a funeral this year. My wife’s 93 year old great uncle left us. He was a lawyer, one of the good ones, passionate about the process and the people he served. He was at Normandy…and came home. An inspiration. A beacon of quiet strength, he helped people without reservation.

Interview Notes

Earlier today, I did a lengthy interview with Dean Voelker on his Improving Your Financial Health radio show.

Six Simple Factors for Successful Goal Setting

It feels good when a goal is achieved.However, the commitment and patience it takes to stick with a goal and then see it all the way to the end is not trivial. It takes courage, faith and a little goal setting know-how to keep the good feelings coming.Achieving your goals can provide the energy and the confidence needed to continue setting more goals.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: MasterCard Acceptance Guidelines

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.

Ask Unclutterer: Food storage containers

Reader Carla submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: After too many episodes of struggling to find a top to match a Tupperware in my mother’s kitchen I’ve decided to buy her a new set of food storage containers. Can you recommend the best type of food storage containers?

Workspace of the Week: A revamped work room

This week’s Workspace of the Week is VincentVega77’s streamlined office: I think it was the task lighting on and above the desk that initially caught my attention with this office. When you have multiple lighting options, you can adjust the illumination to fit your mood and keep you on task.

Use Up What You Have.

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.

How to Reclaim Your Attention

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. Awhile back I (a bit ironically perhaps) tweeted this message: Consider what you give your attention to each day. It’s a precious resource, & determines the shape of your life. This seemed to strike a chord with many people, who I think are feeling overwhelmed these days.

Frugality and Moving On to New Values

Over the last few days, I’ve had several interactions with readers who are heavily concerned about the healthiness of their food and other chemical items they bring into their home. In general, these people subscribe to the “five ingredients or less” school of eating, meaning they don’t bring home any food item that has more than five ingredients in it.

"McQueen" play kitchen

Michele gave her boy a McQueen kitchen. It's a fabulous alternative to the fairy tale play kitchens we've seen so far. "I got the idea after seeing so many inspiring play kitchens on the Ikea hacker website.

The Perils and Plusses of a Persistent Project

As a freelancer, I’ve tackled plenty of projects. Not all have been enjoyable, naturally, but I’ve been able to keep a steady flow of work.

Living Like No One Else

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a quote from J.D.’s review of The Total Money Makeover: Printed on the bottom of every page…is the book’s motto: “If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.” My husband and I recently made an unusual decision, and I’m in need of a motto that I can repe

Maximizing Your Productivity Throughout the Day

“Into The Bloom” courtesy of PopArtMachine I’m sure you’ve noticed that a lot gets said about productivity – not just here on Pick the Brain, but around the web.


The Guggenheim Museum in NYC asked me to write something on progress for one of their exhibitions:2009 had cooler cell phones than 2008. 2010 has cooler cell phones than 2009. 2011 will have even cooler cell phones than 2010. That won't be progress. Year in, year out, we have cooler cell phones. If it's the same year in, year out, how can it be progress?