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Announcing Art of Manliness Posters

We’ve gotten a lot of emails from readers asking us to create some Art of Manliness posters. You know. Something manly you can hang on the wall in your office, garage, or dorm room that inspires you to be the best man you can be.

15 Cool Ways To Boost Your Creativity

Feeling burnt out or lacking creative ideas? This article is especially for all you writers, artists, business owners or anyone looking for some new ways to get their creativity flowing. Here are 15 ways to give your creativity a jump start: Write Your Ideas Down Get into the habit of writing your ideas down as soon as you get them.

Engineering a “Muse”: Case Studies of Successful Cash-Flow Businesses

This post has been in the works for a while. One common challenge for readers of The 4-Hour Workweek is the creation of a “muse”: a low-maintenance business that generates significant income.

Day 36: All Habits Are Impossible To Break If You Do This

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction.” ~ Winston Churchill When was the last time you changed things in your world? Taking the time to evaluate where you are in the hustle and bustle of life can help you gain the perspective you need to make the small adjustments that will improve your quality of life and enhance your confidence. When you make a plan and set a

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 2009 Gift Giving Guide: The gift of educationIn our third installment of Unclutterer’s 2009 Holiday Gift Giving Guide we’re discussing gifts of knowledge. Unitasker Wednesday: Plastic wishbonesTo get us all into the Thanksgiving holiday spirit (and those of you outside the U.S., feel welcome to laugh along), I present to you synthetic Lucky Break Wishbones in packs of 4, 5, 8, or

Review: The Cheapskate Next Door

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A few years ago, I reviewed Jeff Yeager’s excellent book on frugality The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches.

Linkswitch #45: Web standards, clients, office chairs

Top 50 Accessories for a Geek Chic Desk You spend a lot of time at your desk. Why not furnish it to suit your style? While cluttering your desk with a ton of stuff is never a good idea, decorating it with the right stuff that keeps you productive and happy is important.

Reader Story: My Debt-Free Marriage

This guest post from Mike C. is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. On June 26th, I married my best friend.

Day 35: 7 Games That Will Make You Feel Young (Even If You’re Old)

Do you want to make smarter decisions, sharpen your mind and have a ton of fun at the same time? More importantly, would you like to walk and talk with the confidence of someone who loves the life around them. Challenge your abilities and enjoy spending time with your friends by playing games (starting today).

Lernert & Sander: It's Time To Leave Your Comfort Zone

“Ignore the design brief. Treat your clients like friends. Go bike riding.” We asked playful Dutch designers Lernert & Sander for some unorthodox wisdom, and they delivered…

Bedroom dress boys

Materials: Two Bertil chairs, cleat, glue, screws, drill, circular saw, paint. Description: Our bedroom is tightly spaced, and we needed a place for clothes in between wearing and ready for laundry. Inspired by a design from Laphoeff I bought two second-hand Ikea Bertil chairs and made them into dress boys. I used a circular handsaw to cut the seats in half.

The Cinnamon Bear: An Old-Time Radio Christmas Tradition

Because I love The Cinnamon Bear so much, I post this same article every year. This year is no different, except that I’m posting it a couple of days early to give you time to download the files. If you have young children — and even if you don’t — I encourage you to listen to these old radio broadcasts with your family. Holiday traditions don’t have to be expensive.

Queen-size MALM Murphy Hack

Materials: Queen size IKEA MALM bed, 1 8x4 sheet of wood, nails, hammer, 2 70 lb bags concrete, gate hinges, fishing line Description: 1. Secure the bed slats on the MALM bed with fishing line. 2. Chop off the legs. 3. Build a box to put concrete (for counterweight) and attach hinges and bed to. 4. Attach bed to hinges and box. 5.

2010 Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Buying people what they want or need

On my side of our family, we don’t celebrate the holidays the way other people do. We usually end up buying presents for each other when needs arise, instead of waiting for the calendar to turn a specific date. For example, when my mother’s computer bit the dust this summer, we celebrated Christmas in July by chipping in part of the purchase price for her to get a new laptop then.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 27, 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.