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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Cabinet to hide the boiler and fuse box

Materials: Pax Wardrobe Description: I had an ugly, 1970's cabinet that hid our boiler and our fusebox. I wanted the cabinet to match the kitchen just a few feet away. before The challenge was that there's lots of pipes and electrical wires that can't be moved. I purchased one 100cm wide and two 50cm wide Pax wardrobe cabinets with doors that matched my ikea kitchen.

Reader Mailbag: Impromptu Travel

What’s inside? Here are five word summaries of the questions answered inside this mailbag. Click on the number to skip straight to that question. 1. Co-signing with bad credit father 2. How many people read TSD? 3. Removing stains from cloth diapers 4. Percentage for emergency fund 5. Personal loan for adoption 6. Gloom, doom, and e-funds 7. Difficult job search 8.

Features and Benefits Are So 2009. Sell To Driving Emotion

A famous marketer once said said, “sell the hole, not the drill.” Translation—for the most part, people don’t care a whole lot about the vehicle that gets them the benefit they want…they’re simply looking for the faster, easier, most enjoyable way to their desired end. So, if you were selling drills, you could focus in on the features of the drill or you could focus

Ditch Performance Reviews? How About Learn to do Them Well?

"Yes, performance reviews can be dysfunctional, but they need not be."

The best vacation ever

How should you spend your time off? Believe it or not, science has some answers.

Freelance Freedom #162

Uncluttering: One versus many

In my quest to live an uncluttered life, I’m reminded from time-to-time that convenience and efficiency don’t always coincide with fewer physical objects. An example of this, at least in our home, can be explained with scissors. In theory, we only need one pair of scissors. We could begrudgingly survive with just one pair, and having seven pair likely seems excessive to a minimalist.

Beyond Credit Card Debt

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. I made my last credit card payment this week! That final payment ends more than ten years and $20,000 of credit card debt. Getting out of credit card debt is a familiar story to readers of Get Rich Slowly.

The Cure for Creative Blocks? Leave Your Desk.

Everyday between 8:00 and 8:30am writer Stephen King arrives at his desk with a cup of tea. He turns on some music, takes his daily vitamin, and begins to work – exactly as he began the day before. Using this routine, King has produced well over 50 books, averaging 1-2 novels a year since 1974 when he published Carrie. Clearly, daily routines can be incredibly valuable.

How to Deny the Devil of Procrastination

A couple of days ago, sadly, shockingly, one of my dear friends took her own life. I will miss her largely, and will treasure her joy, laughter, incredible energy, savory jokes, smile, and her love of people.

Motivational Posters: Founding Fathers Edition

Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is a week away for those of us in the United States. So we thought it would be most appropriate to make a “Founding Fathers” edition of our motivational posters series. We centered in on three of this illustrious group’s most influential men-George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.

Review: Voluntary Simplicity

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. For many of us (myself included), one of the biggest motivations for getting our personal finances in shape is to give us more control over our lives.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 It’s All Too Much Workbook has insightful tips for keeping your cool when talking to others about their clutter His suggestions get to the heart of the matter without antagonizing or assigning blame. Unitasker Wednesday: Meatball Grill Basket Wow, I wonder how many of these Meatball Grill Baskets Williams-Sonoma is going to sell? Electronic invitations save time and money A new player

Paying Down the Mortgage or Investing for the Long Term? What Shall We Do?

As I mentioned a bit last week, we’re currently debt free except for our mortgage and a student loan with such low interest that it would be financially reckless to pay it back early.

Linkswitch #24

The Ultimate Guide To A/B Testing A/B testing isn’t a buzz term. A lot of savvy marketers and designs are using it right now to gain insight into visitor behavior and to increase conversion rate. And yet A/B testing is still not as common as such Internet marketing subjects as SEO, Web analytics and usability. People just aren’t as aware of it.