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By The Wise Bread Team

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Politics Edition

Because some aspects of personal finance overlap with politics, I’m often asked what my political views are, particularly on specific issues. I usually don’t feel comfortable doing that, for several reasons. First, I usually see benefits on both sides of the issue. Often, my feelings on a specific issue have more to do with me than it has to do with the merits of an issue.

Blinksale: Invoicing Service Review

Starting out on your freelancing career can be a daunting task for just about anyone. From registering your business name to setting up your accounts, there can be a lot of stress when making those first important decisions. One question the FreelanceSwitch forum gets frequently asked is: what should you use to invoice your clients?

Besta Boas Chalkboard Room Divider

Materials: Besta Boas TV storage unit, medium-density fiberboard, chalkboard paint, industrial strength velcro Description: We recently moved into a 1000 sq. ft. apartment and quickly discovered that our large couches only fit in one configuration in the living room. Unfortunately, this covered the wall designated for the TV.

Gaming Without Breaking the Bank

Though J.D.’s back on the blog, he’s still a bit behind — so much e-mail! — so here’s a guest-post from Tim Ellis, who writes Seattle Bubble when he isn’t glued to a screen, zoned out on video games.

Stop Saying “I Can’t”

Do you ever find yourself saying “I can’t”?

A Man’s Guide to Boots and Shoes

Over 70 years ago, archeologist Luther Cressman discovered perhaps the world’s oldest footwear in Central Oregon.  The sandals were dated to be 10,000 years old, and from the pictures I’ve seen, were made with intricate weaves that indicated they were not only functional, but also stylish in design.  From our tribal days to modern times, men have searched for and valued footwear that both l

Video: Get Enough Sleep.

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! Last month's theme was Self-knowledge. This month’s theme is Body.

Solar powered jewellery display

Materials: Sunnan lamp, recycled wood, Plexiglas Description: We need a new display for my jewellery dealer that they can put wherever they want without electric cables. So we find this amazing Sunnan lamp that works with solar panels and....our gorgeous display!! ~ Fabiana and Massimo, Rome, Italy

Downgrading Your Job Without Downgrading Your Life

In March 2008, I walked away from a great job into a writing career path that, at the time, paid me about 50% of what I was making at my previous job. To a lot of people in my life, this seemed like an amazingly difficult step. That move reduced our monthly household income (at the time) by about 30% and seemingly did away with a great deal of job security.

Rolling Craft Table

Materials: Vika table top, ClosetMaid 2 shelf organizer, Casters from Harbor Frieght Description: I used 2 Closetmaid organizers (from Target) and 2 Vika table tops and four casters. I attached the casters to the underside of one of the Vika tops. I liked these clear retro looking ones from Harbor Freight, they spin nice and come in locking and non-locking. They were only about 5 bucks each.

Casting call for Enough Already! with Peter Walsh

I’m not one to usually pass along casting calls for television shows, but this one is so much fun I couldn’t resist. If you live in the Los Angeles area and want your home organized for FREE by Peter Walsh, check this out: Enough Already!

“What Kind of Weirdo Makes Their Own Toothpaste?” A Case for Making Your Own Things

Yes, that quote in the title came from a reader who apparently stumbled upon the site in the last week for the first time and felt the desire to write to me expressing his feelings that no one in their right mind would do some of the things I’ve suggested on here over the years, from making your own oatmeal packets to making your own laundry detergent. On the other hand, I find a ton of valu

Today Is the Big Day! (For Me.) The Paperback of My Book Hits the Shelves.

Today is a big day for me -- my paperback comes out today. If you're inclined to buy the paperback, I would very much appreciate it if you'd consider buying it right away -- today, or this week. Initial sales are very important for building buzz and enthusiasm for a book among booksellers, retailers, the press, and my publisher.

Productivity For Creatives

A few weeks ago, I shared a list of things I got done in a one-month window.And it generated a lot of conversation.

Laptop Desk

Materials: VIKA OLEBY Legs, BRODER Shelf Description: I was looking for a small desk to fit into my studio corner. This was a really easy assembly. Simply drill the OLEBY Legs into the BRODER Shelf and you have yourself a great slim desk. See more of the laptop desk. ~ audria brumberg, Greenpoint, Brookyln