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By Trent Hamm

How to Be Happy in Retirement

The March 2010 issue of Consumer Reports Money Adviser has an interesting article on how to avoid regrets during retirement. The article, which draws on a survey of nearly 25,000 subscribers, is simultaneously comforting and cautionary.

5 Ways to Laugh When You Want to Cry

Image courtesy of Roy Lichtenstein Life is wonderful! Life is a miracle! Life is awesome! Life is in fact all of these things. Unfortunately, reality being what it is, life can, from time to time, suck beyond the telling of it. Every so often life comes along and metaphorically kicks you in the gut. During these times it is perfectly normal to want to cry.

Review: The Retirement Savings Time Bomb… And How to Defuse It

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or related book of interest. For a long time, I avoided reading this book. The title seemed unnecessarily fear-mongering and apocalyptic to me and that’s a subgenre of personal finance books that I really have no interest in.

"No Man Knows How Bad He Is Till He Has Tried Very Hard to Be Good."

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good…Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.” -- C.S. Lewis * In a book group? If you'd like a copy of the reading-group discussion guide for The Happiness Project, just email me at grubin [at] gretchenrubin [.com].

Reader Story: How I Saved Hundreds of Dollars on Insurance

This guest post from Rich is part of a new feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Every Sunday will include a reader story (in the new “reader stories” category). Some will be general “how I did X” stories, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success. Today’s is a romantic story of saving money on insurance. (Okay, no romance.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Creating a central binder for your homeA central home binder offers a safe haven for important paper, vital contacts for anyone to access and a receptacle for health information. Unitasker Wednesday: Tootsie tannerDo you know any foot models? How about a friend with unsightly foot tan lines?

When Living Cheap Catches Up With You

Julia writes in: What do you do when frugal living catches up with you? As a family we had a much lower income from 2002 to 2007 (layoffs in the IT industry led to trying to survive on short contract work). We did not move home as that would have cost a fortune in fees here in the UK. Instead we bought nothing beyond the essentials. No holidays, outings, clothes, entertainments, etc.

Manvotional: Activity Is Not Always Energy

To Monday’s post on hustle, I’d like to add just one more thing: It’s not enough to just be busy all the time. You have to direct and focus your energy on a clear goal!

What We Know, Don’t Know, and Never Knew

One of the toughest parts of writing Your Money: The Missing Manual (and writing Get Rich Slowly every day) has been the constant feeling that I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m an accidental personal finance “expert”.

Four Small Things You Can Do To Be An Exceptional Communicator

After spending 25 years in the FBI as a special agent in the area of counterintelligence (catching spies), you learn a thing or two about dealing with people. You learn that what motivates people is not your words but your body language. You can't get someone to trust you just because you say so, you have to demonstrate it.Actions are powerful but they have to be timely.

Deflation? Hyperinflation? What Do I Do?

I absolutely love tuning into talk radio stations.

Weekly Round-Up: February 13, 2010

AoM on Google Buzz All you web geeks out there are probably aware, Google released a new feature in Gmail called Buzz. It’s basically like Twitter or Facebook statuses. Anyways, AoM is Buzzing. It’s just one more way you can follow AoM on the web. You can follow us by clicking here. General Interest Links The Better Man.

6 Ways to be a More Confident Date

Dating confidence tips to get you and your date relaxed and having an unforgettable time… Nervously early for his date, Dave had plenty of time to notice his sweating palms. “Oh great!

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: February 13, 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.

Saturday’s assorted links

Except for when a kind neighbor drove me to the grocery store in his all-wheel drive station wagon on Monday, I haven’t left my house in 10 days. Since I declared February as Super Simple Month, I guess I should think of this time as Mother Nature’s way of helping me to keep to my plans. But, unfortunately, being shut up in my house for so long has negatively affected my creativity.