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By Brett Kelly

An Introduction to Off-Roading

A special thanks to the folks at Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, and Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO for bringing me out for an off road adventure behind the wheel of Toyota’s new off road lineup. If you are in the market for a capable off road machine, Toyota is legendary in the off road world and a good place to start looking.

What I have to remember

Yesterday, President Obama, speaking in Tucson, Arizona in the wake of the recent shootings, said: “At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other

Reader Mailbag: Thanks

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. Selling jewelry 2. Auto loan refinancing 3. Rolling over a 403(b) 4. Next generation’s big mistake 5. Gift for newborn 6. Handling personal injury settlement 7. Not caring about future 8. Off-topic topics 9.

The Power of Asking for What You Want

Getting what you want out of life isn’t always easy. You can spend weeks, months or even years working on your goals. That’s a lot of effort and planning just to get from point A to point B. Worse still are the people who do nothing but wait around hoping that what they want will just appear in front of them.There’s a better way to get what you want, just ask for it.

5 Mistakes to End Your Freelance Career

Credit: doobybrain on Flickr Please learn from my mistakes. First, who is this guy? I’m Allan and I started as freelance designer six years ago. After a few months I started hired developers because I started taking increasingly larger web projects. Within two years of starting freelancing I took on a business partner and we started to build web applications.

Lay-away your endless cardboard!

Materials: 5 Gorm 1'x3' shelves, hand saw, mallet, workbench vise, electric screw driver, 14 drywall screws, 4 'dowel' screws, 2 wall anchor screws, wood glue Description: Shelf Your Recyclable Cardboard... with this quick, fun project: Storage and binding station for your pantry, mud room, or garage.

Danielle LaPorte: 20 personal money practices that got me to a place of grooving prosperity. (part 1)

9. Pay someone to do it. This flies in the face of some theories: “Why work an extra week at your job to afford to hire someone to paint your living room? Work less and paint the living room yourself.” Um, no thanks.

Uncluttered benefits of learning people’s names

Have you seen the “What’s That Name?” sketch from the Paul Rudd-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live this season? If not, go watch it, it’s pretty funny. SNL writers got this sketch right when they poked fun at the way people routinely dehumanize each other.

All Value is Perceived Value

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. A lot of folks hate advertising, and it’s hard to blame them.

Life Awash: 5 Principals I learned At Sea

I have grown up near the ocean my entire life and I have learned much about the strong currents, rough surf, and powerful nature of a storm at sea. As a long-time diver, I have recently begun to notice that the nature of the sea is much like the nature of the land.

The Fastest Path to Happiness

By Tina Su “Happiness belongs to those who are easily contented.” — Aristotle Here’s a gentle reminder that Happiness is a state of mind within us. It is a chemical reaction based on where we put our focus, and which perspective we choose to experience the world from. We are the ones who hold the key to lasting happiness.

Rainer Maria Rilke: Trust In What Is Difficult

Our new "Creative's Bookshelf" series recommends essential books that inspire and instruct. We start with Rilke's timeless work, "Letters To A Young Poet."

14 Tips for Holding a Productive Meeting.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 14 tips for holding a productive meeting. Nothing drains happiness faster than a long, unproductive meeting. You’re bored; you’re not getting anything done; emails are piling up while you sit, trapped.

GRS Blogger Profile: Robert Brokamp

Get Rich Slowly started as a place for J.D. to write about money. Over the past five years, it’s grown beyond that. It’s now a multi-author blog. Two weeks ago, the staff writers shared brief bios to give readers a little background. Today, contributing writer Robert Brokamp does the same. Enjoy! Hello, GRS’ers.

Some Notes on Filing for Bankruptcy

A reader who asked for anonymity wrote in: I’m visiting a lawyer next week to get started on filing for bankruptcy. I have no way to pay my debts or even make the minimum payments each month. My problem is that I simply can’t find a place online that actually explains what the different kinds of bankruptcy are and how they work in any terms I can understand.