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By Mark Shead

Out of Control

This past week, I had a wonderful exchange with Maggie, an administrative assistant at a Fortune 500 company. In one email, Maggie said the following, which I found quite compelling. The rest of my life feels completely out of control. My children are demanding, as are my bosses, and the demands change all the time.

Double Lack

Materials: 2 lack table Description: For the first table, cut the four legs (about 10cm less), for the second one, cut just one leg. That's all, you can nest them as you wish. ~ dunoon, brittany

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 4, February

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Moving: How to pack your home

This week is a bittersweet one for me. After six years in our amazing home, we are moving. I’m sad to say farewell to this place — we love our neighbors, we love the house, and this is my son’s first home. Unfortunately, the house isn’t configured for our needs.

Reader Mailbag: Parental Visit

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. Buying a car 2. Life insurance when uninsurable 3. Consolidating accounts 4. Selling homemade items online 5. Investing down payment 6. Credit card conundrum 7. Psychological blow of mistake 8.

Ivar Studio Desk

Materials: Ivar shelving units Description: I work for a small architecture firm in southern California, and last summer I started working from home 3 days a week. I had a small workspace setup prior to that, but it was inadequate for actual day to day work. I needed storage space for books, my computer, stuff, and a big enough desk surface to roll out drawings.

Coffee table advance

Materials: Malm Storage Unit, Galant Monitor Stand Description: Only a little hack ;) The Malm Storage Unit is perfect to hide things like the TV guides, bottle opener, the reserve of sweets, ... but they are not big enough for a coffee table. So I have expanded it with a Galant Monitor Stand and 3 short table-legs.

Back to the Stone Age: Low-Tech Expense Tracking

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. As many of you know, before I was a GRS staff writer, I was a GRS reader and active commenter. I’d say the bulk of my early personal-finance education came from this website, and it’s most definitely the resource I credit for spurring me to get serious about paying off debt and saving money. So last year when J.D.

4 Tips to Change Your Life and Create a Personal Revolution

Do you want to change your life but struggle to make it happen? There’s a reason it’s so difficult, and the recent unrest in the Middle East provides us a glimpse in to the challenges we face when we try to improve our lives. The president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, recently stepped down after presiding over the country for nearly 30 years.

The Greatest Tragedy: Time vs Money

Photo of Gala Darling Editor’s Note: I recently read a gem of a book called “The Millionaire Fastlane”. Despite feeling skeptical by its title, its phenomenal content surprised and delighted me. I’ll say more about the book at the end of this article.

10 Time-Saving Web Tools

Who wants to spend time sweating the small stuff when there’s more important work to do? We highlight 10 web apps to streamline your daily tasks.

Introducing Art of Manliness Stationery (Win a Box!)

At the Art of Manliness, we’ve long been proponents of hand-written correspondence. But if you’ve spent any time looking for stationery, like we have, you know that the selection of stationery designed for men is abysmal. Most stationery companies tailor their offerings for their female customers, and butterfly, flower, and polka dot motifs abound.

Review: Early Retirement Extreme

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. It was the subtitle of Jacob Lund Fisker’s Early Retirement Extreme that convinced me to pick it up.

DIY Slide Projector

Materials: Isbrytare lamp (no longer in production) Description: This is not mine but I thought you'd be interested. Instructables user derte84 build a lo-fi projector to display photo slides on a huge wall. Also works for lomo slides. See the step-by-step instructables [via Unplggd]. ~ Owen