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By Leo Babauta

Reader Story: My Year Without Clothes Shopping

This guest post from Jill Chivers is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Hi. My name is Jill, and I’m a recovering shopaholic.

Sir, Please Put the Phone Down. 5 Tips to Free You From The Shackles of your Phone

Are you similar to many other people and a little too attached to your cellphone? Does it seem only appropriate that when your cellphone rings you should answer it the vast majority of the time regardless of who you are with or what you are doing? Are there Twitter or Facebook alerts popping up every three seconds?

Manvotional: Habit

Habit From Ethics for Young People By Charles Carroll Everett, 1861 In speaking of the influence of companions, I said that a man tends to imitate the persons by whom he is surrounded; and we saw that while this tendency may work harm, it may also work much good: and that in fact the development of civilization has been largely dependent upon this tendency. Most of all, a man tends to imitate hims

Out With The Old, In With The New: Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 11. Make your home more energy efficient. Almost everyone who has a roof over their head has an energy bill that they have to face. Electricity. Heating oil. Natural gas.

Engineering a “Muse” – Volume 2: Case Studies of Successful Cash-Flow Businesses

The “LapDawg” earns $10,000-$25,000 per month for Tonny Shin. In the last four years, I’ve received hundreds of successful case studies via e-mail, and more than 1,000 new businesses were created during a recent Shopify competition, but I’ve presented only a handful of a case studies. In this post, I’ll showcase three successful muses inspired by The 4-Hour Workweek, including l

7 Things Your Body Needs Right Now

How many hours of sleep did you get last night? Chances are, if you’re like most people, you probably didn’t get enough. In our efforts to do it all and have it all, combined with our ever-increasing responsibilities, most of us aren’t taking care of ourselves. Not only are we not getting enough sleep, but we’re also short-changing ourselves in other areas in our lives. Be

Greek Pi shelf

Materials: 3 Lack shelves, glue, saw. Description: Building this small book shelf requires three Lack shelves. The first step is to decide the height of your book shelf. Keep in mind that books and magazines are 25 to 30 cm tall. Cut one of the Lack shelf (starting from both ends) the two pieces that will form the pillars of the book shelf.

Simple steps to save you time

These tips aren’t revolutionary, but they’re simple ways to save time when working around the house. Open kitchen cabinet doors before putting dishes away, and then close all of them when you’re finished. You won’t waste time opening and closing doors. If you have a dishwasher, wipe crumbs off the counter into the open dishwasher.

In Praise of Work-Life Balance

I went running with my friend Dan the other day. As we ran, we chatted. “You know, J.D.,” he said. “It seems like you have the perfect life.” I laughed. I think that Dan seems to have the perfect life — funny how the grass is often greener on the other side of the fence. “My life is good,” I said, “but it’s not perfect.

Multiple Rast Trofast substitute

Materials: Seven Rast bedside tabels, wood panels, glue, screws, drill, wood dowels, paint. Optional: Trofast boxes, Mackis drawers. Description: With our two young kids, we needed storage for toys, books and art supplies. I wanted to match a high and narrow built-in bookcase on the opposite wall. Unfortunately the size of the Trofast cabinet wasn't ideal, and I though it a bit too expensive.

Healthy Eating During the Holidays: Yes, It Can Be Done!

Did you have great plans to stick to a healthy diet – until the holidays came along?As Christmas draws near, it's harder and harder to stick to sensible eating habits. Your boss brings in a box of donuts. Your friend invites you round for drinks and nibbles.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: December 11, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Financially Conscious – an Oxymoron?

I often use the phrase financially conscious when discussing money concepts in my book, The Problem With Money? It’s Not About the Money! The reaction I usually get is, “those are two words that don’t often go together”. Why?  Because we think anything financial is contradictory to being conscious.

Child's Play Kitchen Set

Materials: RAST nightstand, GRUNDTAL towel rail, RIGEL hook, ATTEST knobs, ATTEST handles, LINDSDAL knobs, CAPITA legs Description: I used two RAST nightstands with multiple other Ikea items to make a child's play kitchen set - a stove/oven with a sink, and a separate refrigerator. See Becky's blog for detailed list of materials and instructions. ~ GTown

The Big Bang: Blow-out Launch Party in NYC, Next Tuesday

It’s time to celebrate! Three years in the making, The 4-Hour Body debuts next Tuesday. I’m throwing a blow-out party in New York City that evening to thank readers who can attend. I hope to do more parties around the world in the coming months to thank you all.