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Dumb Little Man

By Jay White

Japanese Skala

Materials: Skala Tray Description: I liked the design of the tray, but I thought it was a little boring and I didn't think the finish was very durable. I often eat at the coffee table especially when Glenn is gone so I thought a tray would be useful for carrying my dinner and glass of wine.

Reader Mailbag: Vacation Monday

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. Help an unlucky friend? 2. Are rent-to-own homes worthwhile? 3. Maximizing value of college 4. Post-graduation options for teachers 5. Secured loan or credit card? 6. Used swimsuits 7.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Unitasker Wednesday: The Beaba Babycook Simply by using a pan, a steamer insert, and blender (or potato masher or food processor or even the back of a sturdy fork) that you already own, you can make your child’s food without this contraption. Control cable-clutter with a monkey braid A clever nautical knot can be used to shorten excess length in cables for consumer electronics devices.

Dispatch #1: Hong Kong, Karaoke Consulting, Coinus Interruptus and Dead Relatives

1. More location independent workflow realities… “Hey man, can you hear me?” I asked. “Yeah, I can hear you along with a really loud karaoke version of Justin Bieber or something.” Thus went my first experiment in location independent skype-based consulting. I was sitting on the mezzanine overlooking the lobby in the Sheraton, Hong Kong.

Freelance Freedom #163

4 Things You Must Do To Get Things Done!

Getting things done is a topic of many websites out there these days, and they all say different things.  How is a person supposed to get anything done when there are so many sites to read on how to get things done?!?  I don’t subscribe to any specific guru out there, but here are a few ways that I have stayed productive for the last several years.  These methods might not be ground breaking

Reader Story: Debt-Free by 30 — Including the Mortgage!

This guest post from Jesse (who juggles) is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general “how I did X” advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

Review: The Investor’s Manifesto

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. The Four Pillars of Investing, an earlier book by William Bernstein, was one of my favorite books I’ve ever read on investment topics.

Nine Thoughts on Personal Finance from America’s Founding Fathers

Let’s celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence by celebrating some of America’s founding father’s thoughts on personal finance. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin One thing that I feel is never wasted is money and time spent on purposeful education.

Linkswitch #25

Charles Bukowski and the Secret to Immortal Writing Henry Charles Bukowski, Jr. was arguably the greatest American fiction writer of the last half of the 20th century. Fortunately for his book sales, most think of him as the archetypal drunk, misanthropic male pig. Don’t let the hype fool you, though.

Happy Independence Day!

Tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States, and that means time with family and friends. I don’t have any financial tips from the Founding Fathers today. Instead, I have a couple of old videos (you know how I love these). First up is a very short clip shown in movie theaters on July 4th, 1940.

Your Money: The Missing Manual — Now Available for Kindle!

Just a quick note from the book front. Many of you have asked for a Kindle edition of Your Money: The Missing Manual.

"No Man Ever Found the Happiness of Possession Proportionate to That Expectation which Incited His Desire..."

"It is generally allowed, that no man ever found the happiness of possession proportionate to that expectation which incited his desire, and invigorated his pursuit; nor has any man found the evils of life so formidable in reality, as they were described to him by his own imagination; every species of distress brings with it some peculiar supports, some unforeseen means of resisting, or powers of

Nine Tactics That Work for Starting Food Preparation at Home

Connie writes in: I just moved in with my husband-to-be and we’re discovering that we have very different lifestyles in some regards. The biggest challenge has been food. My husband is absolutely convinced that it is actually CHEAPER for us to eat out for every meal than prepare food at home.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 3, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (June 27 – July 3, 2009) Personal Finance 101: Why Do I Need Credit At All?