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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Old Friends Edition

In everyone’s life, friendships blossom and then other friendships fade into the background. You move. Your interests change. Your time availability changes.

Importance of Community – Part II

Welcome to part two of our discussion on the importance of being civic minded. In researching people to interview on the topic, I virtually stumbled upon a website called Good Things Going Around.

3 Perils for Professional Freelance Writers to Avoid

Credit: Iofoto on Photodune You’re an awesome writer. So why aren’t your clients in awe? Most of us become freelance writers because… well, we’re talented writers. We love finding the perfect words and putting them together with skill and finesse.

Expedit bookcase turned shoe rack

Materials: Bookcase expedit, door MDF, hardboard plate, enamel paint, hinges and handle Description: My hack is to turn an Ikea Expedit bookshelf in a locked cupboard for my dozens of shoes. I had the Expedit in black-brown, but I wanted a white cabinet, so I sanded and then painted it with white enamel paint.

Hostels For Adults: Spend Travel Money Where it Counts

This post is from new staff writer Sarah Gilbert. When I was 23, I stayed at my first (and last) Ritz Carlton, in Palo Alto.

Live Your Life Without An Eraser

I think my business colleague was a bit nervous when he first got into my Eagle Talon sports car. I was driving us to a few appointments that day. About halfway into our day on the road together, he said that he was pleasantly surprised about my driving. For some reason, he thought that since I drove a black sports car, I would be driving like a wild man.

Why Leaving My Job in Finance Was the Best Decision Ever

This is a guest post from Sean Ogle, a former portfolio analyst who is now pursuing his goals of starting a business and seeing the world. Ogle writes about travel and entrepreneurship at Location 180. He also helps people build small businesses they can run from anywhere on earth at Location Rebel. This is my third guest post at Get Rich Slowly.

Determining the Size of Your Emergency Fund

One common question I get from readers relates to the size of their emergency fund. Simply put, how big should it be? How much cash should they have saved in their savings account for those unexpected events life deals you? Before we even get started, it’s important to note that there are a lot of different theories and ideas about how big an emergency fund should be.

The Four Archetypes of Mature Masculinity: The Boyhood Archetypes (Part II)

This is the third part of a series on the archetypes of mature masculinity based on the book King, Warrior, Magician, Lover by Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading the introduction to the series first.

Lobbo Floor Lamp

Materials: Lobbo shades, Hemma cord set, metal electrical conduit Description: I saw a floor lamp at my apartment's model furniture sale that extended out that I really liked and wanted to make something similar without spending a lot of money. Naturally, I took a trip to my local IKEA!

Turning a Ikea coffee table into a beyblade arena

Materials: a Lack table 55x55cm Description: First I sanded off the original color of the Ikea parts. The table has been laying around in the cellar for quite some time and there were lots of scratches in the black finish. Then I made a wooden frame the same size as the table. The frame got glued and screwed to the table-top. Then I painted the whole.

To Boost Your Self-Control, Ask Yourself Whether You're an "Abstainer" or a "Moderator."

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Self-control. Last week’s resolution was To increase your self-control, boost your energy level. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Hanging Candle Tray

Materials: Florera 29cm a keyring and some chain Description: For this hack we're gonna use the boring dish candle tray Florera and transform it into a ceiling hanging candle tray Let's start by getting the following items 1x Florera candle tray 2x Keyrings (1 is optional) 1x about 2-3 meters of decoration chain (found at local hardware store / järnia) For my design im gonna make a 3 lin

International Freelancers Day — It’s About Time!

Have you ever noticed that every group, activity and product on the face of the earth seems to have its own “day”? There’s National Boss Day, National Teachers Day, National Bowling Day, National Puppy Day. Even National Pancake Day! Yet freelancers, independent professionals and contingent workers, who in the U.S.

Frugality Won’t Make You Rich

Instead, it makes it possible for you to get rich. Lately, I’ve read statements in personal finance books where people claim that “frugality won’t make you rich.” They make the valid point that if you cut out some small thing – say, a $5 daily expense – you wind up with less than $20,000 after ten years.