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By Gretchen Rubin

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we get you ready for the new Credit Card Act, share an awesome recipe for peanut butter power bars, and help you shop for disability insurance.  Top 5 Articles 3 Ways to Prepare for the Card Act — We’ve known about it for some time, but is there something you should be actively doing to get ready?

George Washington: Simplicity seeker

Today is Presidents Day in the U.S., and over the past week I’ve been re-reading James Flexner’s Washington: The Indispensable Man in preparation. I’ve been fascinated by George Washington since I read his first inaugural address my junior year of high school. It was his desire not to be president that captivated me then and continues to interest me today.

Reader Mailbag: Big Challenges and Business Cards

Welcome to the week-opening Reader Mailbag! What, in your estimation, is a comfortable (or perhaps average) salary for a young family? Assuming both parents are college educated. I am in a relationship that is leading to marriage. My parents are concerned that we will not have enough money to live comfortably, and will always be struggling. Currently, combined, our salaries equal around $80,000.

Freelance Freedom #143

Ikea chalkboard magazine box

Here's one from Jackie of Lovehome.co.uk. Notches up the "organisationability" (well, you know what I mean) of the wooden magazine box. "At Lovehome.co.uk, we've come up with a cute way of hacking Ikea's wooden Knuff magazine storage boxes (£2.99 each) to make them both pretty and practical.

How to Be Happy in Retirement

The March 2010 issue of Consumer Reports Money Adviser has an interesting article on how to avoid regrets during retirement. The article, which draws on a survey of nearly 25,000 subscribers, is simultaneously comforting and cautionary.

5 Ways to Laugh When You Want to Cry

Image courtesy of Roy Lichtenstein Life is wonderful! Life is a miracle! Life is awesome! Life is in fact all of these things. Unfortunately, reality being what it is, life can, from time to time, suck beyond the telling of it. Every so often life comes along and metaphorically kicks you in the gut. During these times it is perfectly normal to want to cry.

Review: The Retirement Savings Time Bomb… And How to Defuse It

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or related book of interest. For a long time, I avoided reading this book. The title seemed unnecessarily fear-mongering and apocalyptic to me and that’s a subgenre of personal finance books that I really have no interest in.

"No Man Knows How Bad He Is Till He Has Tried Very Hard to Be Good."

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good…Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.” -- C.S. Lewis * In a book group? If you'd like a copy of the reading-group discussion guide for The Happiness Project, just email me at grubin [at] gretchenrubin [.com].

Reader Story: How I Saved Hundreds of Dollars on Insurance

This guest post from Rich is part of a new feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Every Sunday will include a reader story (in the new “reader stories” category). Some will be general “how I did X” stories, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success. Today’s is a romantic story of saving money on insurance. (Okay, no romance.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Creating a central binder for your homeA central home binder offers a safe haven for important paper, vital contacts for anyone to access and a receptacle for health information. Unitasker Wednesday: Tootsie tannerDo you know any foot models? How about a friend with unsightly foot tan lines?

When Living Cheap Catches Up With You

Julia writes in: What do you do when frugal living catches up with you? As a family we had a much lower income from 2002 to 2007 (layoffs in the IT industry led to trying to survive on short contract work). We did not move home as that would have cost a fortune in fees here in the UK. Instead we bought nothing beyond the essentials. No holidays, outings, clothes, entertainments, etc.

Manvotional: Activity Is Not Always Energy

To Monday’s post on hustle, I’d like to add just one more thing: It’s not enough to just be busy all the time. You have to direct and focus your energy on a clear goal!

What We Know, Don’t Know, and Never Knew

One of the toughest parts of writing Your Money: The Missing Manual (and writing Get Rich Slowly every day) has been the constant feeling that I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m an accidental personal finance “expert”.

Four Small Things You Can Do To Be An Exceptional Communicator

After spending 25 years in the FBI as a special agent in the area of counterintelligence (catching spies), you learn a thing or two about dealing with people. You learn that what motivates people is not your words but your body language. You can't get someone to trust you just because you say so, you have to demonstrate it.Actions are powerful but they have to be timely.