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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

"Do Not Fail To Do What Ought To Be Done, and Do Not Do What Ought Not To Be Done."

“Do not fail to do what ought to be done, and do not do what ought not to be done. Otherwise your burden of suffering will grow heavier.” --The Dhammapada One of my Twelve Personal Resolutions is Do what ought to be done, but I'd never come across this particular enunciation of that idea.

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Five Simple Substitutions, One Big Change

It’s amazing how much money can be saved by making one simple change in your life. I ran the numbers on several changes (using the behavior of the average American) and was shocked at the financial savings of a single simple change. Drink water instead of soda. Average annual savings: $152 Facts: Tap water is essentially free.

Reader Story: The $20 Challenge

This guest post from Jessica is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and 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.

Pay What You Want

Let’s say you go to a restaurant somewhat regularly and each time you go, you spend about $10 on your meal. One day, rather than receiving a bill, you’re simply directed to a box on your table that said “pay what you want for this meal.” How much would you put in? Would you put in anything at all? Would you put in the usual $10? Would you put in less than that? More?

20 Inspirational Quotes To Live By

I love inspirational quotes. They are powerful nuggets of wisdom condensed into 1-2 lines. Whenever I read them, I am inspired to take action. I remember when I was a high school student, I would decorate the cover of my foolscap pads with quotes because they were so meaningful.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: May 22, 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.

Guilt and Charitable Giving

Monica writes: My biggest “financial leak” is charities. I constantly see people in need and I feel deeply guilty if I don’t help them, especially since I know I have plenty of financial resources with which to help them. The result is that I end up with less money than I expected and it’s hard to make ends meet. I still feel guilty, though.

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Ask Unclutterer: Storing spices

Reader G. submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I was wondering what you thought of spice racks? I was thinking of purchasing one, but I see a lot of of options and some seem bulky, expensive and unappealing. I am a recent college graduate with a small kitchen in a one bedroom apartment, I’m struggling with space in my kitchen.

Think About Your Routines -- Daily, Weekly, Yearly.

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.

The Moment That Changes Everything

Else stood this stone a fragment and defaced, with lucent body from the shoulders falling, too short, not gleaming like a lion’s fell; nor would this star have shaken the shackles off, bursting with light, until there is no place that does not see you. You must change your life. - Rainer Maria Rilke, Torso of an Archaic Apollo, translated by C. F.

Mimicry, For Better or For Worse?

Is mimicry ever ok? This piece by Scott for @GOOD Magazine tackles the issue in social enterprise.

Give It a Rest, Genius

What the new success books don't tell you about super-achievement. (Hint: Relentlessness pays off.)

What’s Not Your Job?

You’re a freelancer, and you know what your job is. You’re a web designer. You’re a copywriter. You’re a marketing consultant. Here’s what you probably don’t think about often, but should: What’s not your job? I’m not talking about clients who ask you to perform above and beyond the scope of the project.