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When Living Cheap Catches Up With You

Julia writes in: What do you do when frugal living catches up with you? As a family we had a much lower income from 2002 to 2007 (layoffs in the IT industry led to trying to survive on short contract work). We did not move home as that would have cost a fortune in fees here in the UK. Instead we bought nothing beyond the essentials. No holidays, outings, clothes, entertainments, etc.

Manvotional: Activity Is Not Always Energy

To Monday’s post on hustle, I’d like to add just one more thing: It’s not enough to just be busy all the time. You have to direct and focus your energy on a clear goal!

What We Know, Don’t Know, and Never Knew

One of the toughest parts of writing Your Money: The Missing Manual (and writing Get Rich Slowly every day) has been the constant feeling that I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m an accidental personal finance “expert”.

Four Small Things You Can Do To Be An Exceptional Communicator

After spending 25 years in the FBI as a special agent in the area of counterintelligence (catching spies), you learn a thing or two about dealing with people. You learn that what motivates people is not your words but your body language. You can't get someone to trust you just because you say so, you have to demonstrate it.Actions are powerful but they have to be timely.

Deflation? Hyperinflation? What Do I Do?

I absolutely love tuning into talk radio stations.

Weekly Round-Up: February 13, 2010

AoM on Google Buzz All you web geeks out there are probably aware, Google released a new feature in Gmail called Buzz. It’s basically like Twitter or Facebook statuses. Anyways, AoM is Buzzing. It’s just one more way you can follow AoM on the web. You can follow us by clicking here. General Interest Links The Better Man.

6 Ways to be a More Confident Date

Dating confidence tips to get you and your date relaxed and having an unforgettable time… Nervously early for his date, Dave had plenty of time to notice his sweating palms. “Oh great!

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: February 13, 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.

Saturday’s assorted links

Except for when a kind neighbor drove me to the grocery store in his all-wheel drive station wagon on Monday, I haven’t left my house in 10 days. Since I declared February as Super Simple Month, I guess I should think of this time as Mother Nature’s way of helping me to keep to my plans. But, unfortunately, being shut up in my house for so long has negatively affected my creativity.

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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