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By Glen Stansberry

Reader Mailbag: Diet

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. How to find a housemate 2. Getting neighbors involved 3. Building credit from nothing 4. Charities and taxes 5. A 203(k) mortgage 6. Suggest some board games 7. Investing extra money 8. Writing online for money 9.

First Draft Success: A Method for Meeting Client Expectations

It’s hard to get on the same ball with some clients. You have a consultation, perhaps exchange detailed material and you think the project will work out great. You and your client are on the same path and they will love that first draft, right? Then why, after you submit that first draft, do some clients say the material was not exactly what they wanted? Well, it can be them.

Faktum cabinet cubby hole

Materials: Faktum, Capita Description: When I decided to construct a hallway cabinet out of Faktum wall cabinets, I wanted to have an open space under the top where I could put keys, gloves, today's mail, etc. So I got the 90cm high cabinet with 70cm high doors, and I put a shelf level with the top of the doors.

Never lose your lens cap again

I misplaced the lens cap for my Canon T1i camera recently. It wasn’t particularly difficult or expensive to find a replacement, but it was an unnecessary hassle that I would have preferred to have avoided. When I replaced the lens cap I decided that I would secure it to the camera with a small and inexpensive leash designed expressly for that purpose.

How to Save: Putting “Pay Yourself First” into Practice

For many people, saving is tough. Between housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, credit-card debt, student loans, and other expenses, there never seems to be enough left to set aside for long-term savings. And that’s the problem.

The Men of Easy Company-Part II: Robert Rader

Editor’s note: In the weeks preceding the US observance of Veteran’s Day, we will be publishing a three part series of short profiles written by Marcus Brotherton about the men from WWII’s Easy Company. Brotherton is the author of several books about this famous Band of Brothers. His life was simple. Robert J. Rader wasn’t a captain of industry or world leader. He loved his family.

13 Tips for Dealing with a Really Lousy Day.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 13 tips for dealing with a really lousy day (note the fittingly unlucky number). We've all had terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.

So You Want My Job: Songwriter

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Not all musical artists pen their own tunes. Often they record a song given to them by a songwriter or work with songwriters to craft a hit.

Ivar cabinets mounted on wooden supports

Materials: Ivar Description: I had a lot of Ivar cabinets assembled in the standard fashion, until one day one of the metal tabs that supports the cabinets gave way. That's when I decided to mount the cabinets on simple wooden supports. I think it looks much neater. This also turned out to have the added advantage that the cabinets take up less horizontal space.

Can PMI Be a Good Thing?

This week, I’m going to take a look at a few of the longer questions that have been languishing in the reader mailbag.

Unitasker Wednesday: Doughnut To-Go

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! There are times when I learn about a unitasker and my first thoughts are: “This has to be a joke. A reader is trying to punk me with a fake product on a fake website.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Do you do your most important work first?I structure my day by doing the most important tasks first. This means I sit down at my computer and start writing before checking e-mail, Twitter, voice mail, or even comments on Unclutterer. If I’m at my desk at 6:00 a.m., I won’t get to the other tasks until usually 8:00 or 9:00 a.m.

Caged By Your Brain?

So, some of you may have noticed that my friend, Chris Brogan, recently launched a project called Escape Velocity.Escape velocity is a metaphor for the energy it takes to break free of current patterns that stop you from being who you want to be and living in the world the way you want to live.I’ve been honored and humbled to be a contributor to that collective endeavor, along with a small g

Make Her Laugh, Make Her Breakfast – Why Laughter Is The Best Aphrodisiac

Forget the roses and moonlight serenades, the secret to winning a place in a woman’s (or man’s) heart is a great big belly laugh. Laughter not only makes us feel good, it can also be the cement that seals the relationship. Laughter builds trust Laughing out loud releases endorphins and oxytocin, naturally occurring chemicals that help to relieve stress and increase feelings of well being and

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: “The Novel” Edition

If you want to follow the progress of the novel I’m writing for National Novel Writing Month, I’m posting daily updates of the work-in-progress at http://trenttsd.posterous.com/. Each day that I make notable progress, I’ll be posting a Word document that contains the whole novel to date.