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By Tim Ferriss

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Multi-Christmas Edition

My family and I often load up the few days before and the week after Christmas with a lot of visits with extended family, either at our home or theirs.

Getting Started with White Paper Marketing

A powerful way to build trust and rapport is to develop authoritative and informative white papers. Learn what a white paper is, several techniques for marketing with white papers, and tips for getting a white paper published. With a little work, you can connect with customers on an entirely new level than a blog or website article, even if this is only due to the perception of white papers

Detecting and Preventing Lifestyle Creep

This is a guest post from freelance writer Jessica Ward. For three years, I’ve been patting myself on the back. The household expenses remain the same every month, and we’re getting out of debt. In spite of increases in costs, we’ve found efficiencies and made room. But, as they say, after pride comes the fall.

Padded headboard of the bed with bedspread Alina

Materials: bedspread Alina color red size 260 cm x 280 cm Description: I used the bedspread Alina to make a padded headboard for the bed: I made two resealable bags with straps inside of wich I put two pillows as padding and I have set them on a curtain rod (wich I fastened to a wooden head angle, but you can also set the stick on the wall).

The Frugal Way to a Healthier Diet

One of the more compelling reasons for adopting a frugal lifestyle is, lets admit it, scarcity of resource. Whether it be an altruistic effort to preserve the resources of the planet or to get by on a smaller budget resulting from reduced income, frugality is rapidly becoming the norm rather than an option.

Best of 2011: Our Most Popular Tips, Interviews & Think Pieces

Need insight on how to make better decisions, get rid of bad habits, or just plain maximize your creative potential? Dive into our year-end roundup.

The Parable of the Modern Farmer

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non-Conformity. Once upon a time, there was a farmer. This farmer lived in a different age than his forefathers, who were also farmers. Instead of specializing in tomatoes or cotton as his ancestors had done, our farmer was gifted with the ability to decide every day what to plant and nurture.

X-mas Street lighting

Materials: RATIONELL VARIERA, LED lights, car bateries, cables Description: This year my home town's (Lisbon, Portugal) city hall had a very nice and cost effective idea for street lighting! Instead of spending the usual bundle of money in x-mas lighting they did a little hack of their own!

Computer desk into livingroom coffee table in a Moment?

Materials: IKEA Moment table (not available anymore), silver coating spray, new threaded rods Description: Never buy new sofas and and new PC at the same time. Never. This will only create problems. Except you're an IKEA-hacker.

Change for a Dollar

Every once in a while, something just appears out of nowhere and strikes the perfect chord in your life. Yesterday, a friend of mine sent me a link to a short YouTube film, Change for a Dollar. Here’s the video. Please, take the time to watch this. For me and for a lot of us, December is filled with spending money on things for others.

Do Freelancers Put Work Before Health?

In a recent story in Toronto’s The Globe and Mail, small business owners are putting work before their health. Forty percent of small business owners who responded to a survey conducted by Manta, an online community for small business, say that this year’s business climate took a toll on their personal health. One in three — 33 per cent — said they are working out less, 2

How to Throw an Awesome Holiday Party Part IV: A Primer on Being the Ultimate Host

This post is part of a series brought to you by Heineken.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Inflatable mealIn this holiday season, we wanted to invite all of you to join us for a (virtual) meal.

Resizing BESTA chromed underframe to fit BESTA Shelf unit with 7 7/8" depth

Materials: BESTA chromed underframe Description: My plans were to cover all the wall with a BESTA TV/storage combination with Besta shelf with 15 3/4 depth, but I have the fireplace at the right. So I had to use a Besta shelf with 7 7/8" depth at the right. Obviously, I decide to use the shelf unit with the same depth on the left of combination too, near the door.

How to: Install caster wheels to Ikea Vika Amon Desk

Materials: Vika Amon, Washes, Nut, Caster Wheels with brakes Description: Bought this fantastic Desk from Ikea here in Stockholm, Sweden for the lower price of approximately 30 euros. The desk was great but I really wanted something on wheels so I thought I would try to add wheels to this desk. Click to read the rest of the post >>