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Reader Story: I Got a 20% Pay Cut — and Loved It!

This guest post from Tim Stobbs 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. Tim Stobbs is the writer behind the blog, Canadian Dream: Free at 45.

Manvotional: The Power of Personal Influence

The Power of Personal Influence from Self Control, Its Kingship and Majesty by William George Jordan, 1905 The only responsibility that a man cannot evade in this life is the one he thinks of least,—his personal influence. Man’s conscious influence, when he is on dress-parade, when he is posing to impress those around him,—is woefully small.

The Danger of Assumption

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a guy who had a large scar on his neck that looked like a swastika. The man had it partially covered with a turtleneck on a hot day. I could have easily assumed that he was a “scary” member of a fringe group, but I was sitting next to him and said hello anyway.

10 Must Read Tips for Newbie Freelancers

Photo credit: PureGrey New freelancers often have set their sights on ambitious goals: how well your life goes now depends solely on you. Among your new challenges are project management, bookkeeping, time management and relationship building.

Kids These Days

Kris and I took a stroll through the neighborhood today to visit the weekend garage sales. First we walked down to Lane’s house to browse his books and knick-knacks. (Lane is a GRS reader, and when we showed up, he said, “J.D., this is all capital-S Stuff!”) Then we hit other sales on the way home. At the last house, Kris got side-tracked looking at unused vintage postcards.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 11, 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.

Why a Prospective Client Should Choose You

There are thousands of other freelancers out in the wild, so why should a prospective client choose you over your competition?

How to Get Fit When You're a Couch Potato

If you know you're not very fit – and some days you only walk from home to your car to your desk and back – then exercise advice can feel overwhelming.After all, most of the books and blogs and podcasts about exercise are produced by keep-fit types. Thin, muscular, glowing with good health......and kinda annoying.I know they don't mean to be. They're just sharing what they know and love.

Summer Meal Series #15: Butternut Squash and Carrots with Coconut Milk and Curry

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. We’ve reached the end of this series, my friend, and so I decided to finish it off with a dish that bridges right into fall meals quite well.

Be Nice. It Matters.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Elevated Malm

Materials: Malm Bed Frame, LACK bookshelf Description: My wife and I just moved to a small apartment, and the Malm bed frame doesn't have much (read: 4 inches) of storage underneath it.

Frosted frame

Materials: Cabinet Front, Dioder Description: I needed to pick up some nightstands at my local Ikea, and saw a cabinet door in the clearance section. The face and glass was in good shape, but the back was badly scratched and dinged. I taped off the glass, and gave the frame a fresh coat of black enamel paint, then installed two sets of the Dioder LED lights to the back side.

Divide and conquer

Materials: Akurum and false drawer hardware Description: Not a huge hack but with my last cabinets, I was sick of cookie sheets, thin pans and cutting sheets sliding diagonally in the base cabinet. They take up more room than necessary and also made it more difficult to find the item I needed. For $8, I used the false drawer hardware to make a divider in the cabinet. Works great.

The Pernicious Momentum of First Ideas

"First ideas are much like first loves."

Think Different

Steve Jobs talks about branding & Apple's core values and introduces the Think Different campaign.