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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm

The Big Problem with Money Courses

Many financial “gurus” are in the seminar, coaching, and classwork business. They come up with course materials and attempt to sell them at a very high price to individuals who are scared for their financial future. Some of these coaching programs are reputable ones. Many of them are not.

Book Review: The Simple Dollar

My colleague Trent Hamm from The Simple Dollar may have started his blog six months after I did, but he’s ahead of me in books. He published his first, 365 Ways to Live Cheap!

Interview with Featured Freelancer: Stef Gonzaga

For today’s featured freelancer, we are going to meet Stephanie Gonzaga.  You’ve probably seen her comments of your favorite posts.

Snowwhite playkitchen from Hungary

Materials: Grundtal rail, Grundtal S hook, Lansa handle, Panna black coaster, Svep knob Description: Our two year old daughter was crazy about cooking and acting like a real cook lately. She was a great fan of the Ikea playkitchen, and although we thought it was very cool, it was a bit expensive for us. So we decided to make one for her just by ourselves.

Rich, Happy and Creative: Interview with Tim Brownson

It’s easy to associate creativity with being dirt poor. The term “starving artist” seems to play more often than “creative bajillionaire”. (This could be because I just made the term up. Not sure.) Regardless, it seems there is a stigma in the creative community that you can’t be Rich and Happy and Creative at the same time. Or can you?

The link between personal responsibility and an uncluttered life

All while I was reading Chris Guillebeau’s book, a quote from Orison Swett Marden kept running through my mind: The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself.

Video: What Has Been YOUR Most Helpful Resolution?

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- last month’s focus was Fun, and last week's resolution was Start a collection. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Staring Out Over the Bridge

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non-Conformity. Follow him on Twitter here. When you were a kid and wanted to do something your parents or teachers didn’t like, you may have heard the question, “If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?” The idea is that it’s not good to do something stupid, even if everyone else is doing it.

Drive By Book Review: UnMarketing by Scott Stratten

It’s been a while since I’ve done my drive-by book reviews, but I’ve been reading so many great new books, it’s time to bring them back. For those who’ve never experienced a drive-by review, they’re short, sweet and to the point, answering 3 basic questions: what’s is about, what makes it different, who should read it.

The Anatomy of Determination

How do you predict success in a start-up? Not by intelligence, but determination.

7 Customs Stifling Marketing Creativity

Seven "sacred cows of marketing" challenged, starting with "all ideas are good ideas."

Finding New Challenges (and Saving)

Reading For a long time (about two years), I got in a rut of reading very generic horror and fantasy novels. I would go to the bookstore, pick out two or three, and blow through them in a week, enjoying the rush but completely forgetting about them within three days after finishing. This routine was fairly expensive.

Book review: The Art of Non-Conformity

When I learned Chris Guillebeau had written a book, I begged him for an advance copy. In person, Chris is charismatic with extra doses of magnetism, practicality, and kindness thrown into the mix.

From Freelancer to Thought Leader in 5 Easy Steps

Why would a freelancer want to establish herself as a thought leader in her industry or client niche? Well even for the most bashful of us, the day often (and quickly!) arrives when pushing hours for dollars or pounds just doesn’t quite cut it anymore. I’m not saying everyone will be interested in this path.

7 Must Read Success Lessons from Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher, poet, lecturer, and essayist. Emerson is most noted for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.