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A Simple Question to Jump-Start Your Finances

Spoiler alert: What would you do if, starting tomorrow, your income was immediately cut in half?

ToneCheck Test Drive: Spots "Unprofessional" Email

Make sure your email's intended tone is getting across with ToneCheck. "Check yourself before you wreck yourself."

Reader Mailbag: Local Flavor

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. Investing for five year goals 2. Music career crossroads 3. The price of fame 4. First steps with no credit 5. Buying a foreclosed home 6. Which retirement option is best? 7. Pet allergies and family 8.

Uncluttered admiration: Deglon’s Meeting Knife Set

The Deglon knife company in France and Belgian designer Mia Schmallenbach have brought to market one of the coolest and uncluttered kitchen products I’ve ever seen: Deglon’s “Meeting Knife Set” is outrageously expensive (more than $1,000 for the metal base and more than $500 for the wood base), so I’m not recommending anyone run out and buy them.

How to Find Unclaimed Money (and Unclaimed Property)

July 21st was the fifteenth anniversary of my father’s death. He died of cancer at age 49, just ten days shy of his fiftieth birthday. When Dad died, he left behind a meager estate. Aside from the custom box business (which, admittedly, was not “meager”), he managed to leave each family member with $5,000 in life insurance proceeds, and that’s about it.

6 Simple Ways to Eliminate Your Excuses

Excuses allow us to stay within our comfort zone, but do excuses really let you live the life you really want? Sure, going after your dreams may be scary, but isn’t it more scary to succumb to your excuses and live a life of mediocrity?In each of our lives, sooner or later we come upon a crossroads, where we have to choose which path to take.

7 Amazing Life Lessons from Oprah

Photo credit: NaylandHouse Today I want to talk about seven amazing life lessons from Oprah, I recently wrote an article titled “7 Must Read Lessons from Oprah,” so needless to say, there’s a lot to learn from Oprah. Oprah Winfrey is an American television host, producer, and philanthropist, most known for her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show, which has become the highest-rated pr

2010 99% Conference: Stop Dreaming & Start Doing

About this videoFrom the live experience at the Times Center to behind-the-scenes nuggets of insight, our partners at Cool Hunting condense the 2010 99% conference into a 3-minute primer on putting ideas into action. If we've said it once, we've said it 999 times: It's not about ideas.

2010 99% Conference: Stop Dreaming & Start Doing

Soak up the action and insights from our 2010 99% Conference with Cool Hunting's 3-minute redux, featuring Jack Dorsey, Stefan Sagmeister, John Maeda, Fred Wilson, and more.

Our Disembodied Selves and the Decline of Empathy

“Fellow-feeling. . .is the most important factor in producing a healthy political and social life.

Review: Stop Getting Ripped Off

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A long while back, I reviewed Bob Sullivan’s excellent book on consumer issues, Gotcha Capitalism. In that book, Bob focused mainly on how companies try to “sneak” surprise fees and costs into their products.

“A Lifetime Can Well Be Spent Correcting...One’s Own Faults Without Bothering about Others.”

“A lifetime can well be spent correcting and improving one’s own faults without bothering about others.” -- Edward Weston * A reader send me the link to this terrific blog, The Adventures of ALS Boy. This particular post, So I had a dream this morning, particularly struck me. * Interested in starting your own happiness project?

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Unitasker Wednesday: Yu Wan Mei products from The OnionI’m taking a bit of a detour today from our regular Unitasker Wednesday format and featuring a group of fake products. Make a list, check it twiceIf you haven’t ever done it, let me recommend that you open up a new document on your computer or get out a sheet of paper and write down what it is that matters to you most. Exerci

The Simple Dollar Reading Guide: Prison Made of Plastic

Every Sunday morning for the next few months, I’m going to “riff” on a chapter from my book, The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams by reflecting on particular pieces of it that I’ve had further reflections on or particularly excite me, including some elements that were removed from the final draft.