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By The FLS Team

20 Favorite Dirt Cheap Meals

A few days ago on Facebook, I asked the fans of The Simple Dollar what their favorite dirt cheap meal was. The responses poured in, so I decided to pull out 20 of my favorites and share them with you. Sticky rice, peas, and soy sauce (shared by Leslie) is pretty simple and not altogether different than something I used to make in college.

Living Like a Millionaire on Pennies a Day

This is a guest post from Sean Ogle, a former portfolio analyst who is now pursuing his goals of starting a business and seeing the world. You can read more from him at Location180. You can also follow him on twitter @seanogle. Last fall, I quit my job.

Dream tree night light

Materials: Utensil holder used as lampshade, reclaimed tree stump Description: My friend Nick Lombardo and I have started a company called Evolving Habitat. Our philosophy is "Reclaim. Reuse. Relive" designing and creating furniture and housewares made from reclaimed goods,wood and found treasures.

Unclutterer giving away two Wi-Fi Amazon Kindles

Unclutterer readers are the most amazing readers on the internet — at least in our (unabashedly biased) opinions.

Reader Mailbag: National Novel Writing Month

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. Living on less 2. Retirement or debt? 3. Strategic foreclosure 4. Help partner or yourself? 5. Which retirement plan? 6. Paying student loans early 7. Exceptional Microsoft Office deal 8.

The Truth about Burning Bridges

You’ve no doubt heard that expression, “Don’t burn your bridges.” And, yes, it is a good idea to stay on good terms with former employers. After all, they could become clients. Well, I’m here to tell you that burning bridges does not deal a fatal blow to one’s freelance career.

Focus: My new book on simplicity in the age of distractions

Post written by Leo Babauta.

Unclutter your wallet by keeping a second wallet in your glove box

Almost every retail store or restaurant I frequent has some kind of loyalty program. The benefits are usually compelling enough to convince me to join, even if it means I’ll be stuck with yet another club card. In the past, I’ve tried consolidating bar codes on a single card.

Tray table

Materials: Ikea Stockholm tray, Hutten wine rack, paint, double adhesive tape Description: In Sweden it's very popular with tray tables (= Brickbord). The price is about 100 EUR/140 USD or more. My tray table cost 25 EUR/34 USD. (I already had the paint and the tape) Instructions: Paint and assemble your wine rack. (I left out the middle shelf).

Why Are There No Ads Urging Us to Save?

This is a guest post from Rob Bennett, a long-time GRS reader. Bennett created the first retirement calculator that contains an adjustment for the valuation level that applies on the day the retirement begins. The Cat in the Hat and the Grinch. Who’s the miser? Who’s the spendthrift? Nearly everyone is going to say that the Cat in the Hat is the spendthrift and that the Grinch is the miser.

8 Great Mind Mapping Tools For Effective Brainstorming

A mind map is considered a great way to brainstorm and generate more ideas. It helps you create a number of small ideas from one big idea, see how different ideas could be connected together and create a plan of action.This article talks about eight mind mapping tools to help you brainstorm effectively. Almost all of them have free versions available.

Is Commitment Out Of Fashion?

A few weeks ago one of my kids moved back to Phoenix from L.A. I agreed to help her with last minute packing and driving the rental truck. It was good father-daughter time and I looked forward to it. She is her father’s daughter.

A Man’s Guide to the Trench Coat

An English Officer and his Trench Coat Perhaps no garment is as romanticized as the trench coat; from South Africa to France to Casablanca to London, it has remained functional and almost unchanged for over 100 years.  Look closely at the pictures in this article and you’ll notice the trench coat of a century ago is almost identical to those sold in shops today.

James Victore: Don't Be A Design Zombie

It's not about pushing pixels around, it's about making people think. We chat with iconic image-maker James Victore about getting out of the office and into trouble.

Quiz: Are You a "Tigger" or an "Eeyore"? Plus a Few Points to Consider.

Every Wednesday is Quiz Day, or Tip Day. Quiz: Are you a "Tigger" or an "Eeyore"? Plus a few points to consider. I can't stop thinking about the difficult dynamic between Tiggers and Eeyores. This is a major insight for me! I'm excited! Having an original idea is a rare treat. (As so often happens with an original idea, once I have it, I'm struck by how obvious it is.