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By The FLS Team

Ask the Readers: How to Retire Early?

Though many readers of this site have modest financial goals, others are more ambitious. Many want to get rich. (That’s not surprising; after all, this blog is called Get Rich Slowly.) But I think most GRS readers are aiming at something in between. For instance, Charlotte wrote recently to ask about a goal that many of us have. She wants to know how to make early retirement a reality.

The Top 10 Fiction Books for Non-Fiction Addicts

The dunes that inspired Dune: Agate beach sand dunes. (Photo: Kevin McNeal) For a mere 20 years or so, I refused to read fiction. Read something that someone just made up? I can do that myself, thanks. That was the attitude at least. My time of reckoning came when I needed to fix insomnia, and non-fiction business books before bed just compounded the problem.

10 Tips to Prepare for a Good Night of Sleep

Getting a good night of sleep might seem like a luxury today but it’s very important for your energy level the next day. When you get enough high-quality sleep you’ll be more energized and productive. Here are ten tips to help you to doze off and to get a good night of sleep. 1. No Screens Avoid looking at a screen within the last thirty minutes before you go to bed.

A Man’s Guide to the Scarf: How and Why to Wear One, and 7 Ways to Tie Yours

Most men’s scarves are approximately 10 inches wide, 70 inches long, and made from either a solid or patterned cut of cloth designed to wrap around the neck. In a nutshell, a scarf is a simple rectangle of fabric. Yet most men are baffled as to how to properly wear one, and worse, many feel the wearing of a scarf is somehow effeminate. The purpose of this article is to tackle these problems hea

Chair pads as wall decor

Materials: NEDDA, PORTIS, RAMSTA, GLÄNSA, RIBBA Description: NEDDA chair pad (14 x 0,49Cent). Makes interesting wall decor. PORTIS shelf  (1 x 19,99 Euro) ~ EDDY, Germany

Opt Out of Courtesy Overdraft Protection (53/365)

A lot of banks offer what they call “courtesy overdraft protection.” On the surface it seems like a good program.

Daily routines: What time of the day works best for you?

In my experience, routines are an essential component to an uncluttered life. Without a few minutes of dedicated work each day, housework and clutter quickly build up and create stress.

Pantone Light

Materials: Ikea PS Maskros Pendant lamp / Custom Pantone Chips / Hot Glue Gun Description: We are always looking for unique items that can excite and personalize our studio, and this lamp is a perfect canvas. This project was super fun, but we also faced some challenges. It was important to get the right proportion throughout the piece, as a whole.

Varde island with stainless Vika Hyttan desktop hack

Materials: Drill, screwdriver Description: This one is a relatively simple hack with a stylish final product. My wife and I were planning on using a Varde kitchen island in our kitchen, and decided on a four-door Varde base cabinet, which didn't come with a counter top. Click to read the rest of the post >>

Custom built kitchen for tall people

Materials: IKEA Kitchen Description: Because of my height, we wanted a kitchen higher than IKEA allows. Secondly, we wanted it to be proportionate to the space, and we didn't want too many cabinets. So we came up with a design that was: - 100 cm high - 90 cm deep - 420 cm wide Click to read the rest of the post >>

The Benefits of Working in Short Time Blocks: Part 2

Yesterday I began to discuss ways in which freelancers can tackle projects using a list and short time blocks to reach your goals. To reiterate, here’s what my example list looks like for a day of work: Tasks Transcribe tape from Interview X Start writing feature story on Y Edit freelance stories for health section of magazine Work on calendar of events for next month Find stock photos to

"I Try To Envision How I Would Be Behaving I Were Happy."

Happiness interview: Gabrielle Blair. I've admired Gabrielle Blair's blog Design Mom—"at the intersection of design and motherhood"—for a long time.

Reader Mailbag: Hair Cutting

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. When to dump a car 2. Comparing home features for energy 3. 401(k)s, IRAs, and taxes 4. Cultural events, cheapness, and children 5. Blogging for money 6. An accountant for taxes 7. Trent’s spending traps 8.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Hosts with Bad Design Services and Freelance Skill Levels

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at boycotting hosts with automated design services and how skilled you need to be to start freelancing. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Want to Save on Groceries? Cook like a Peasant

This post is by staff writer April Dykman, who just discovered the wonders of walnut sponge cake. Ever notice how most cultures have their own take on rice?