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Get Rich Slowly

By J.D. Roth

How Do You Keep the Kids Busy While You Freelance?

My wife and I decided a long time ago that we like children but don’t really want any of our own.  Luckily, the rest of my family appear to be breeders, and now we have seven nieces with another on the way.  I suppose there’s a chance that this one could be a nephew, but it’s pretty unlikely. One of the things that we like to do in the summer is to grab one or two of the girls, and let the

Two Ikea hacks in one corner

Materials: 20 PS Vallo watering cans, 5 Spontan magnetic boards Description: The ever-changing sculpture is a pile of 20 PS Vallo watering cans that can be stacked and connected in various configurations. It looks even better - like a snake - if you have a flat surface to stretch it out sideways. Cost: $1.99 X 20 =39.80.

Do You Ever Feel That You Have Two Personalities, Existing Side by Side?

I'm re-reading, for the fourth time, Carl Jung's Memories, Dreams, Reflections. One of my chief preoccupations (along with happiness, of course) is a subject that I call "symbols beyond words," so I can't get enough of this book. Its vision is so huge. Each time I read it, I'm struck by different passages. This time, I was particularly interested in Jung's discussion of his "No.

Tips for reducing your commitment to unwanted obligations

It’s easy to back out of an obligation if technically it’s not yet an obligation. When someone asks for your help on a project, you can thank him for considering you, explain that you are not the best person for the job, and recommend an alternative person or method for getting the help he needs.

Matisse at MoMA: Carving With Color

At MOMA: a driven, even tormented Matisse, who second-guessed himself, rethought and reworked his images.

How Do You Define Financial Freedom?

Can freedom be bought? Are there any (financially) poor people who are free?

Reader Mailbag: Abraham Lincoln

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. What is a callable CD? 2. Frugal laptop questions 3. Reducing budgeting stress 4. Adequate insurance for single folks 5. Minimizing post-college debt 6. Rent or sell old house? 7. Retirement calculations 8.

Repercussions of uncluttering and organizing

We often talk about the benefits of uncluttering and organizing, but we rarely even hint of their being downsides.

Bali Dispatch #4: Village People, Hidden Art and Selling Out

Imagine having no last name and more than 25% of the population having the same first name as you… That’s how it works in Bali. Here, kids aren’t given any old name. Each of the first four children, in any family, receive the same name. The first kid goes by Wayan, the second by Madé or Kadek, the third by Nyoman or Komang and the fourth by Ketut.

Downshifting: The First Day of the Rest of My Life

“This is it,” I told my wife last Monday. “This is what?” Kris asked. “This is the first day of the rest of my life,” I said. She knew what I meant. For the past few years, I’ve been living in a self-created whirlwind of busy-ness.

Five Simple Diet Tips That Actually Work

A third of Americans are obese – and another third are overweight. The global picture isn't much rosier.Many of us, even if we're not exactly "fat", know that we could do with using a few pounds. Whether it's for our health, to improve our confidence, or just because we want to get back into those jeans, we'd like to diet successfully.

The Power of Gratitude

Cultivating An Attitude Of Gratitude: Why You Should Bother If you regularly find yourself feeling stressed, are constantly running against the clock, often wonder if there’s any point to it all anyway, and occasionally contemplate just burying your head under the bed-sheets and refusing to face the day then you might want to try something that’s worked wonders for me. I’ll warn you – thi

Stop Living For the Approval of Women

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Wayne M. Levine, M.A. No one wants to admit they’re not funny. Have you ever met a man who willingly confesses to it? Now, you know he’s not terribly funny, and everyone else can clearly see that he’s not funny. But he still cracks his bad jokes as you all groan.

Review: Power of 2

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the most powerful things you can do in the path towards building the career you want, the social connections you want, and the financial path you want is simply work on improving your ability to build and sustain relationships with other people.