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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Reader Mailbag: Discarded Post Ideas

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. Bank ignores me! 2. Gold digging or thinking ahead? 3. Encouraging others to think frugally 4. Why saving, not investing? 5. Budgeting software 6. Finding my loans 7. Reordering checks 8.

Mandal Nightstand Hack

Materials: Expedit shelving unit, saw. Description: If you have ever purchased the IKEA Mandal bed with its really cool storage drawers, you know that they only offer the Mandal wall-mounted headboard combined with the adjustable shelves as a possible nightstand. I prefer a nightstand where I can discretely hide things away.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Mini Cupcake MakerAfter using this confection-specific appliance, store it in your cabinet next to your Muffin Magic, your cupcake batter dispenser, and your Perfect Brownie pan. Unclutterer goes shopping with The New York TimesErin is featured today in The New York Times — “Ending the Reign of Chaos“ Ask Unclutterer: Messy mailCould you please do an ar

Conscious Spending in Action

Kris and I pulled the plug on our television last week. We canceled cable, gave our DVD player to her sister, and moved the television to the workshop until we can find a buyer. We’re now officially TV-free. Sort of. We haven’t given up TV shows and DVDs entirely — we’re just consuming this entertainment via other methods.

The 4 Positive Price Points of Leadership

‘The price of leadership is responsibility…to stay positive whether you feel like it or not.’ Sir Winston Churchill Some amongst us are born leaders, but it is my observation that most leaders are made.

22 Manly Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin

Altoids have been freshening bad breath since the turn of the 19th century.

Are You An Armchair Creative?

It turns out that armchair creatives actually get MORE done. Find out how alternating intense "desk focus" with a relaxed setup can increase productivity.

Review: Bait and Switch

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of my first book reviews on The Simple Dollar was of Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed.

"Nothing So Fatiguing as the Eternal Hanging On of an Uncompleted Task."

"Nothing [is] so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task." --William James * I always find a lot of interesting and beautiful material on Swiss Miss. Curation! * Is your book group reading The Happiness Project? I've prepared a one-page discussion guide for book groups, as well as a guide tailored for church groups, spirituality book groups, and the like.

7 Tricks to Write Faster, Better, And More Insightful Articles … Right Now

I finished . I looked up at my friend sitting across from me. I was in school. It was 1st grade and I had just finished writing a story in my small, blue and white notebook.

How to Finally Get Better Sleep

When it comes to being healthy and living a vibrant and energy filled life, sleep seems to be one of the most elusive aspects to conquer. Certainly we know that getting a good night’s sleep is important - crucial, even, to good health. But it’s not as simple as just deciding that you are now going to start sleeping better.

5 Lessons That Professor Failure Taught Me About Success

Failure has become a faithful friend throughout the years. Early on in my life I thought failure was my mortal enemy.

Some Deeper Thoughts on Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Lending

A few weeks ago, I gave a somewhat negative opinion of P2P lending sites such as Lending Club and Prosper.

Linkswitch #54: Freelance Jobs & Raising Your Rates

The Monster List of Freelance Job Sites – 2011 Edition The second edition of our Monster List of Freelance Job Sites has been valuable and much visited since April 2009. With over a hundred comments from our fantastic readers which has really added to its value.