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By Jules

Optimizing Your Grocery List

A few weeks ago, I went to the grocery store in the afternoon to take care of grocery shopping for the week. Sarah had written a list for me (in all fairness to her, it was actually closer to a set of notes for a meal plan rather than for grocery shopping; it wasn’t really a complete and finished list), but I hadn’t looked at it very carefully.

The American Dream According to My Father

Image courtesy of Andy Warhol My father is my hero.  The greatest man I know.  Honestly.  As I have matured through the years, I realize this more every day.  And I am more and more grateful for him every day. He is a quiet and reserved man… a hard worker, and very successful in most facets of his life.  He spent his entire 45 year career at one company, starting out as an intern making 7

A Culture of Obesity

I hadn’t heard of Kevin Smith until reading in the news that he had been asked to deplane a Southwest flight because he was too big.  Evidently, he directed and acted in some movies I haven’t seen. For those of you who missed all the “excitement,” here is what happened. Due to his ample girth, Mr.

Poll: Are You Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions?

It’s now mid-February – which means that about 80% of New Year’s resolutions have been abandoned. I started keeping my Resolutions Chart as a way to do a better job of sticking to my resolutions.

Can your stuff pass the red velvet rope test?

In last week’s post “Discover your style to keep clutter out of your closet,” I introduced the concept of thinking about your wardrobe as an exclusive club that only the best of the best can get into.

Olympics as uncluttering inspiration

Back when I was an avid knitter (a.k.a. before parenthood), I participated a few times in the Knitting Olympics. The idea of the Knitting Olympics is that you begin a large project at the start of the actual Olympic opening ceremonies, and you work diligently to finish the garment by the end of the closing ceremonies.

Business Strategy: The Recurring Income Trap

So many individuals and businesses see innovation not as an opportunity, but a burden. People are always asking me about business strategy and business models… “What’s the best one?” they ask.

Why Work?

A few days ago, my four year old son came into my office when I was finishing up an article for The Simple Dollar. “What are you doing, Dad?” he asked. “I’m working,” I told him. “Why?” he asked. “Well, I have to work so that we can make money, and we use that money to pay for our house and for our food and our clothes,” I told him. He thought

Are You Quick to Ditch?

One of my favorite shows on television is called “Flipping Out,” and it’s about a California house flipper with obsessive-compulsive disorder named Jeff. He drives everyone nuts and is, let’s just say, extremely detail oriented.In one of the episodes, his assistant talks about dealing with Jeff’s ups and downs.

Ikea snow boots

The blue bag halter dress must have inspired some to put the scissors to the hardy bag. Here's a raincoat featured on the Ikeahacks group on Instructables. (We have some amazing projects there, don't forget to check it out.) And now, we have snow boots! Megan faced over two feet of snow in Pittsburgh and no snow boots for Superboy. That's when Ikea hacking creativity kicked in.

How to Get the Best Rates on Your Savings — Safely

Over the past year, one of the frequent questions I get is: “Where I can safely invest my money to get a decent return?” For example, Joseph wrote in November: Around February/March I should have $5,000 to invest. My debts are under control and my wife and I have lowered our monthly expenses. I was wondering if you had any advice on ways to invest $5,000?

What if there is no human-caused global warming?

A long time ago, someone wrote to me and asked me what I would do if I was wrong about climate change? I answered him like this.Just the other day someone else wrote to me. He went on about liberals and how they complain and a bunch of other things he doesn't like about them. Then he said:"But you're right about one thing. We need to take care of our planet.

Email Sanity: How to Clear Your Inbox When You’re Drowning

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. The beauty of an empty inbox is a thing to behold. It is calming, peaceful and wonderful. An inbox that is overflowing with actions, urgent calls for responses, stuff to read … it’s chaos, it’s stressful, it’s overwhelming. A friend recently posted: “Help!

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #17: The Code of Chivalry with Scott Farrell

Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast! In this week’s episode we talk to Scott Farrell, director of Chivalry Today. We discuss the history of chivalry and how modern men can apply the code of chivalry to improve their lives. For more information about chivalry, check out Scott’s site, Chivalry Today.

For Valentine's Day, Two "New Traditions." Also, the Weekly Video.

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, which gave me the opportunity to keep one of my favorite resolutions, to Keep a new family tradition. This resolution works alongside some of my other important family-related resolutions, like Be a treasure house of happy memories and Take time for projects. Family traditions are an important way to build happy memories and to do fun family projects.