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By Leo Babauta

Thinking About Another (Temporary) Life Change

As most of you know, my wife and I have two preschool-aged children and a third one on the way. From April/May of this year to September of 2011, we will have three preschool-aged children in our home, which will be an interesting experience with a lot of unique challenges. Currently, my wife works outside the home as a teacher.

Weekly Round-Up: February 20, 2010

Around the Community This Week Community Feature of the Week: Myles wrote an amazing story about how his best friend lost his dad in World War II.

When Did You Stop Sniffing Glue?

A few days ago, Chris Brogan posed an interesting question on twitter: Then, the next day, another friend, Charlie Gilkey, asked: Now, I get that these two very wise guys were asking these questions on two levels…. One, because they wanted to see how you’d answer.

How To Never Get Into Financial Difficulties

Finance is a huge part of our lives yet it remains something that many people struggle with. Today, more than ever before, people are getting into financial difficulties and debt.The recession has been going on for a few years now and people's houses are still being repossessed. People are still losing their jobs.

Vertical laptop stands save desk space

If you use your laptop with an external monitor while working at a desk, you can use a vertical laptop stand to help conserve a limited amount of desk space. There are a number of sturdy and aesthetically pleasing vertical stands to choose from. Unfortunately, the companies that make these are all targeting Mac users. These models may work with some PC laptops.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: February 20, 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.

Happiness Is…A Great Conference, and Book Event, in Houston.

I just got back from a great trip to Houston. This morning, I was the keynote speaker at the terrific Mom 2.0 summit. I had so many interesting conversations there – lots of new people, a few people I already knew, and several “virtual” friends whom I’d never actually met.

A Little Bit of Blog Housekeeping

At long last, I’m officially finished with Your Money: The Missing Manual. No more writing. No more editing. No more nothing. The book is in my publisher’s hands, and they’re sending it to press on the 26th. It’ll be in stores sometime in March, but you can pre-order it now. Now that I’ve completed this Herculean task, it’s time for a break.

Making Retirement Savings Tangible

Monica writes in: The one financial thing I haven’t done for myself yet is start saving for retirement. The problem is that I don’t ever want to retire and if I imagine a situation where I actually am retired, I just don’t want to envision it at all.

Take Time for Projects and Keep a New Family Tradition.

I'm working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. Many of my resolutions are meant to push me to wander, play, experiment, and appreciate.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Turn Cheap "Choice" Steak into Gucci "Prime" Steak

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.

9 Ways to Wake Up Ready to Rock

“Never Wake Up” courtesy of Heiko Muller I bet you’ve had days when you just want to stay under the duvet. Maybe you slept badly, or perhaps you just can’t face dragging yourself out of bed and facing your to-do list.

Ask Unclutterer: Cell phone cleanup

Reader Erik submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: How do you keep your cell phone uncluttered? I occasionally realize I have contacts I don’t even know who they are or never call and aren’t sure whether to keep or delete them. My text message inbox also fills up quickly and I can’t delete all of them as I like to keep some. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Business Strategy: Innovating Without a Net

I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent – Thomas Edison Last week, in Part 1 of this series on business strategies, we saw how locking people into monthly memberships has the potential to smooth cash flow, BUT it can also very easily lead down the road to complacen

The Gradual Shift

When I hit my financial bottom, I realized that a lot of things in my life needed to change. I went through my closets and sold off a lot of my entertainment collections. I started trying out every frugal tactic under the sun. I created a debt repayment plan and hammered some of my debts with the money I made from the sales and from the frugality.