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I’m Keeping My Resolution to “Ask for Help.”

One of my most helpful, but also surprisingly challenging, resolutions is to “Ask for help.” Why is it so hard to ask for help? I don’t know. But I’m pushing myself to keep that resolution, so here’s my request for help! Actually, two requests. 1. If you’ve read the book The Happiness Project – and especially if you liked the book!

The Art of Manliness Suit School-Part I: Fused vs. Canvassed Suits

Editor’s note: The AoM Community’s resident fashion expert, Leo Mulvihill, posted a series of posts on the Community blog to help men understand more about buying and wearing a suit. We’ll be publishing his entries here every other week.

Our Towels Don’t Match Our Bathroom Curtains

My cell phone doesn’t let me watch streaming internet video. I don’t own a pair of pants that cost more than $40 – and most cost less than $10. We don’t have a flat panel television – we’re still using my old CRT one from my college years. The back bumper of my truck has rust on it. I don’t throw out socks until they have holes in them. We use old t-shirts

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: Tips and Tricks to Combat Cooking Burnout

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.

Ask Unclutterer: Credit card clutter

Reader April submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My husband and I have one credit card that we allow ourselves to actively use. By actively I mean it is the one we use to buy airline tickets, etc. but we pay it off right away BUT we have several credit cards going way back to our time before we met….most of them don’t have balances but a few do.

My War and Peace Workspace

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Consider This Passage from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

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. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. One of my passions in life is children’s literature, and of course, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan.

Workspace of the Week: Crafts contained

This week’s Workspace of the Week is SuperShopperToo’s home crafting office: This week’s workspace isn’t necessarily uncluttered, but — wow! — it is organized.

Contingency Plans

By Philip Brewer Are you assuming that things will go along pretty much okay? Most people do, and they're usually right. Even when they're wrong, it tends to be okay, because the typical household's finances can absorb the occasional small blow. But sometimes the blows are medium-sized or large. What do you do then? I've written before about handling the large financial blows.

The Minimal Tip

I don’t believe in the idea of a “minimum tip.” There, I said it. It’s a big change from my previous beliefs on tipping. A few weeks ago, my family and I ate at a restaurant where the service was extremely poor. We sat for twenty five minutes waiting for our server (my wife was literally getting on her coat).

6 Ways You Can Eat Like an Olympian

Being Canadian, it’s hard not to beam at the thought that we are about to host the XXI (21st) Winter Olympic games in Whistler, British Columbia.I have always loved watching the Olympics because I get a little rush watching humans surpass their own perceived limitations and achieve accomplishments that seemed impossible.Athletes are well known for being quite respectful of their bodies.

Plan Your Gift-Giving to Save Time and Money

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Last Christmas, I had some great gift ideas: They were heartfelt, they were personalized — and they couldn’t just be bought at a store.

A dash of colour for the Samtid

Linda adds zest to the Samtid. "I bought a Samtid lamp with a white shade that didn't looked good in front of my white wall. So I decided to hack the lamp. The new shade is made of transparent polycarbonate 1mm thick. I made it a little bit bigger than the original. I fixed the shade with bolts and nuts. For the colour effect I bought felt, added buttons and wrapped it around the shade.

How To Become A Power User Of Your Brain

Image courtesy of SpaceCollective Have you noticed when your computer gets slow when you run many programs (or open many windows) at the same time? Likewise our brains get slower when our brains are filled with so many thoughts and other distractions. Have you ever noticed your brain is filled with incessant mental chatters, which make you worried, stressful, distracted or angry?

A Man’s Primer on Funeral Etiquette

“How we treat the dead says an awful lot about how we live. For the strong and able to serve the helpless dead, to honor frail remains, reaches deep inside us to something basic to humanity.” -Paul Gregory Alms Share Funeral etiquette. Unless you’re preparing to attend a funeral, it’s a subject that almost never crosses your mind.