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By Trent Hamm

Reader Mailbag: Sick Child

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. Upromise 2. Low interest debt payoff strategy 3. Costs of raising a child 4. Lawyers and starting a business 5. Introducing yourself to neighbors 6. Pet health insurance 7. Converting 529s 8.

Getting Your Book into Print

Credit: Kirstypargeter on Photodune There was a time when getting one’s words into print and out to the reading public was time-consuming and expensive. If you were going the conventional route and seeking publication with one of the major houses, you wouldn’t have been considered unless your project was submitted by a literary agent.

Food Fight: Does Healthy Food Have to Be More Expensive?

This post is from staff writer April Dykman, who recently wrote about taking apple turnovers to the next level. Last month a food fight erupted when Anthony Bourdain, chef, author, and host of the Travel Channel’s “No Reservations”, was asked by TV Guide to give his opinion of a handful of celebrity chefs and cooks.

6 Ways to Minimize Interruptions When You Need to Focus

You’re racing through your work, totally in the zone, when… … the phone rings. You stop, and answer it. Wrong number. After a few minutes, you manage to get back into your work. You’re back in the zone when… … a colleague wanders past and strikes up a conversation. It takes you ten minutes to get rid of him.

Selling Your Idea: How to Give an Effective Pitch

The entrepreneur who needs venture capital. The writer searching for an agent or publisher. The manager who wants to convince higher-ups to hire an unlikely job candidate. The screenwriter looking to get a studio interested in his movie idea. The financial planner trying to attract new clients. The husband who wants to convince his wife to take their family in a new direction. No matter what line

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Juicing and Blending

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Get it now: LinkedIn & Lovin’ It!

Rockable Press is very proud to announce the launch of our newest book, LinkedIn and Lovin’ It! Why a LinkedIn book?

Unitasker Wednesday: The Coneivore

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! For the second week in a row, I’m a little stumped about the intended purpose of the device we’ve chosen for the Unitasker Wednesday feature.

5 Mistakes I Continue to Make in My Marriage.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List or Quiz Day. This Wednesday: 5 mistakes I continue to make in my marriage, and how I try to address them. One of the main themes of my happiness project is marriage.

LACK Hack + RIBBA + ANTONIUS in my closet = Organized Sewing Room!!!

Materials: Lack, Ribba, Antonius Description: Long before I ever discovered IKEAhackers.net, I actually did some IKEA hacking of my own in my sewing room. (I've since seen similar hacks but not exactly the same.) And this is how I did it: I bought 12 white LACK tables and my husband and I assembled all of them according to the instructions.

Free Webinar: Engineer Habit Changes

Post written by Leo Babauta. Most people are unaware of why it’s so difficult to create lasting changes in their lives. Here’s the secret: it’s all about the mechanisms of creating new habits. Most people try to exercise, or become more productive, or start meditating … only to give up a few days or a couple weeks later.

Importance of Community – Part III

Welcome to Part III of our series on civic mindedness. Previously we’ve heard from the head of the Northwest Freelancers Association in Washington State and a freelance public relations manager in Ohio.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Readjusting Sleep Edition

During the summer, Sarah and I tend to stay up until 11 or so, then sleep in until 7:30 or 8 AM (usually when the children wake us up). During the rest of the year, most of the family has to get up early for school or work, requiring alarms at 6:15 AM (or so). The problem is that for the first month or so, I don’t adjust my evening bedtime.

LACK tables lack creativity

Materials: LACK tables x2, denim fabric, thumb tacks, staple gun. scissors and double sided tape Description: Initially, I had the wooden LACK table painted and transformed into a BLACK LACK table. But as you can see in the picture, it has started to create big, ugly bubbles and the RED LACK table has started to disintegrate and peel, so I decided to hack them once and for all.

How to Deal: A Freelancer’s Guide to Coming to Terms with a Gig Gone Bad

Credit: v4 on Photodune When I began freelancing, I was open to anything. I would take just about any job, at just about any pay. I’m still like that, sometimes, although my standards have grown. Still, I don’t buy into the “I’m above that” mindset that many freelancers have.