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By Trent Hamm

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2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Specialized steak branding irons When March rolls onto the calendar, I begin preparations for the coming months filled with warmer weather. I plant seedlings for my garden, wipe down the patio furniture, and clean up the grill.

Some Thoughts on Entering Drawings

I have several friends who have made something of a hobby of simply trawling the web, looking for sites that are offering giveaways, entering them, and then looking for the next one. After finally spending a couple of afternoons doing this at the behest of a couple of them, I find some good things – and some bad things – about doing this. It is an inexpensive hobby.

Linkswitch #60: Spec Requests, Productivity, Wordpress Plugins

10 Productivity-Enhancing Apps from the Chrome Web Store Google launched their Chrome Web Store last year to some well-received notice. But in reality, it serves only as a glorified directory for web apps accessible on any standards-compliant browser. And that isn’t necessarily a downer.

Reader Story: How I Avoided Student Loans

This guest post from Crystal 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.

Reach Your Goals More Quickly: Use Incremental Change

Regardless of who you are, where you live, how much you make, or even your education, your life is on a certain path — similar to a train on a track. You know there are going to be twists and turns, ups and downs, but you can easily figure out where you’ll end up professionally and personally if you stay on the track you’re currently on.

The Tricky Tax Refund

Like many self-employed folks, for me April 15 means a day to write a check to the government. Even if I do manage to get a refund, I’m still writing a check on that day to pay my first batch of estimated taxes for 2011. It wasn’t all that long ago, though, when April 15 usually meant that I would be receiving a tax refund check.

The Three Hs of Talent

A person’s talent can be defined as his special natural ability or aptitude, or his capacity for achievement or success. Talent can also be seen as someone’s gifts as well as the things he does well and is passionate about.

Why I Moderate

Every once in a while I’m asked why I moderate comments, rather than let the conversation go wherever it needs to go.There’s a great divide about this in the blogosphere. Some folks believe you should never restrict the conversation.

Mudroom for kids

Materials: Billy shelves Description: I searched high and low for affordable benches, cabinets, baskets, etc to make a mudroom for our 3 little boys and their stuff. Most regular storage benches were too high for their short little legs. And Pottery Barn and similar things were 3 times the price.

Party balloon keeper

Materials: Fabler bed canopy   Description: I sewed vertical sides leaving a hole on the top to fill with balloons. Then I tied the bottom with a rope for the balloons not to drop. Then I filled with balloons for my son's Red birthday party. It was lots of fun when we untied the rope and it was like a fantastic rain of red balloons. See more of the party balloon keeper.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #10

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. A brother learning, a brother teaching My two sons have been amazing this past week. Our ten month old (the baby) has been trying very hard to learn how to crawl and to pull himself up on things for the past few weeks.

Win $500 in the 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest!

Last spring, Get Rich Slowly hosted a video contest. Fifty-seven GRS readers submitted short videos sharing financial tips and success stories. From these, I picked a handful of contest winners. I had so much fun with the contest that we’re doing it again.

Follow-Up: Save More or See the World?

I get a lot of requests for follow-ups to reader stories and reader questions. People want to hear how things turned out. Because I want to know how things turned out, too, I’ve started a semi-regular feature at Get Rich Slowly.

Lillangen bathroom remodel

Materials: Lillangen, Bjorken, Description: before In my bathroom remodel, I used the Lillangen sink base and cut a sink top from birch plywood. I also used a Lillangen wall cabinet and turned it vertically and attached it below my countertop next to my sink base. Both cabinets got ring pulls and a coat of turquoise paint on their fronts.

Ask Unclutterer: Toddler-safe labeling solutions

Reader Cynthia submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I have a modular piece from Target where the cloth-covered boxes fit perfectly in, 2-tall by 4-wide. It’s resolved several issues in our small entryway, from stacks of shoes to picnic items, sunscreen and hats, to outside toddler toys. So far, it also looks very stylish!