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By Trent Hamm

Start an Automatic Appliance Replacement Fund (28/365)

Just a few days ago, Connie wrote in: It’s been a real challenge turning our financial situation around.

Another Frosta Side table

Materials: Frosta StoolDescription: We needed something to hold our drinks while on the couch. We live in a small apartment so we didn't want a coffee table that takes up floor space. But didn't want to pay $199 for the STOCKHOLM side table. I saw a few Frosta hacks on this site and I thought I'll do my own one.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2011 Unitasker Wednesday: BeanSlice It is rare that someone submits a unitasker and my first thought is, “I want that!” But this week, that was my response.

Coffee haters Zorb lampshade

Materials: RegolitDescription: Instead of gluing on coffee filters, I sewed on muffin cases. I used a running stitch around the support canes, quite loose. The muffin cases were scrunched up a bit, and I tried to avoid being precise. The only tricky bit was that I had to wear a t-shirt to avoid getting my arm stuck/ sewn inside the shade.

Review: The Money Saving Mom’s Budget

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. I’ve had the blog Money Saving Mom bookmarked for years.

DUKTIG bunkbed for dolls

Materials: DUKTIG doll bed, paint, metal brackets, material & stuffing optionalDescription: Name brand doll beds for the 18in dolls are expensive. I had already found the DUKTIG bed to be a great deal. As the doll collection expanded, so did the DUKTIG collection. Short on space in a room that the girls share, we decided the dolls needed bunkbeds.

Reader Story: The Money Fix

This guest post from Christine 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. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. This reader story is a little unusual.

Manvotional: Be Faithful

From Courage, 1894 By Charles Wagner Steadfastness is the indispensable quality of every man who one day does not wish to be obliged to say: “I have wasted my life.” A man should not incessantly change with every impression of the moment, but should remain steadfast when he has once determined upon what is right.

"The Longer I Stayed, The Larger It Grew."

Early in his career, artist Alberto Giacometti moved into a Paris studio that measured only about sixteen feet square. He didn't expect this to be a permanent situation, but he stayed for the next thirty-eight years. "The longer I stayed," he said, "the larger it grew." -- Alberto Giacometti, Giacometti: A Biography * I enjoy reading Jonah Lehrer's blog, Frontal Cortex.

Bunk Bed to Loft Bed

Materials: Tromso Loft Bed, HacksawDescription: The Tromso Loft bed was too tall for the kids room and I always loved the idea of have a loft bed over another bed in an L shape and then adding a dresser underneath, kind of like the bed from Room & Board that cost $1400. I decided to literally "Hack" the bed in half.~ chris dichiaro, brooklyn, ny

Invest in a Deep Freezer (27/365)

One of the most critical appliances in our home when I was growing up was our chest deep freezer. We kept it in the attached garage, just a few steps out of the garage door that opened onto the kitchen.

Sea Glass GRONO Lamp

Materials: GRONO Table Lamp, Sea Glass, Glue, GroutDescription: My wife has been collecting sea glass for a year or so. We go to specific beaches where the glass can be found and she spends hours sifting through sand and rocks to find all the good pieces. By far the most abundant sea glass is white.

How to Deal with Difficult People and Have Constructive Conflict

Life and relationships aren't always perfect. Take a minute to think of some difficult people you have to deal with in your life? These may be people you work with, the in-laws that come to town throughout the year, or your neighbor who can’t seem to take a hint. For whatever reason, you're just not jiving with these people.Do you flee?

Flying fishes

Materials: Titta finger puppetDescription: Some finger puppets, a peace of cord, branch and a lot of time to make it into decoration for babies. See more of the finger puppet mobile.~ Christine Koblizek

Automating Savings on an Irregular Income

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. One of the tenets of personal finance is to pay yourself first. And one of the most sure-fire ways to make sure you do that is to automate your savings: setup your checking account to make an automatic deposit to your saving accounts. Automation has been incredibly effective for me.