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Dumb Little Man

By Jay White

Review: Willpower

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 the biggest keys to personal success is found in the title of this book. Willpower.

Making a Virserum look expensive

Materials: Virserum frame, wood molding, glue, tape, fabric, ribbon, paint Description: First, you start with an Ikea Virserum Measure the width of the top profile to decide how much of a reveal you want for your trim Test the trim to confirm that you LOVE it!

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Asparagus PeelerThe Orka Asparagus Peeler is for all those times you peel your asparagus, which, at least for me, is never. Unclutter your wallet by keeping a second wallet in your glove boxTo avoid the symptom’s of “Costanza wallet,” keep a second wallet for loyalty cards in the glove box of your car. 2009 Unitasker Wednesday: Chef’n Garlic Zoo

Super Bowl!

Materials: SOLBRÄND + HEMMA Description: A table lamp made out of plastic cups, plates, bowls and salad bowls: Drill a hole through the plastic plate, the cups and bowls in order to be able to stick the table lamp base through. Cut a circle out of the biggest salad bowl in order to make space for the light bulb.

Help! I Don’t Know What Retirement Plan You’re Talking About!

Connie writes in: Roth, IRA, 401(k), 403(b), FERS, TSP – what on earth does it all mean? I know they all have to do with retirement savings, but it’s all just a word salad to me. This is going to be something of a “dictionary” post where I spell out, as simply as I can, what these terms mean and what it means for you.

Six Ways to Become More Self-Motivated

Do you find it tough to work towards your goals – even when you know they’re worthwhile? Perhaps you’ve tried to push yourself forwards with willpower ... but it hasn’t worked.Instead of willpower, you need more self-motivation.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 3, October

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Home office from an old PAX cupboard

Materials: PAX cupboard, wallpaper, wallpaper glue, drilling mashine, jigsaw, SKURAR plant pot, slide, MDF or plywood board Description: I've transformed an old PAX wardrobe into a home office. Before putting up the wallpaper, the doors have been dismounted. I've used one of the shelves as the desk, fixing it on 75 cm height.

Reader Story: Using Small Income Streams to Fund Big Goals

This guest post from Julie Mayfield 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. In 2006, Julie hired herself to save her family money, make extra money, and pay down debt, all while creating a life she loves.

"Let Us Try To Strew That Path With Flowers."

“Let us choose for ourselves our path in life, and let us try to strew that path with flowers.” -- Émilie du Châtelet, "Discourse on Happiness," Selected Philosophical and Scientific Writings * Want to get my free monthly newsletter? It highlights the best of the month’s material from the blog and the Facebook Page. Sign up here.

Starting Something From Nothing

I mentioned a while back that I had some big plans in place for 2012 with regards to some projects for The Simple Dollar. I thought I’d share part of these plans with you today. One of my big goals for 2012 is to find a publisher for my fantasy novel. The novel is mostly written at this point and I’m pretty happy with it.

Kitchen turntable

Materials: Skala, Snudda Description: So simple, so cheap and so useful for the kitchen corner that I can't believe Ikea doesn't sell anything like that. I have the sink place in the corner of my L-shaped kitchen and I couldn't waste that space. As you know, specific corner racks are quite expensive but I just wanted something movable under my countertop!

Everyone is a Philosopher: Mindset Matters

“Success is dependent on effort.” –Sophocles “We are what we repeatedly do.

Retro Varde spice racks

Materials: 2 x Varde Description: I snagged the last 2 Varde's in Toronto before they were discontinued. I only had room for 4 of the 6 shelves on each side of the stove, so first I cut them down. My previous experience with all the Ikea connect-from-the-back shelves is they sag over time, no matter what you do.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #43

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1.