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By Brett McKay

Reader Mailbag: Art Museum

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. Refinancing decision 2. Maintaining good credit 3. Toning down our wedding 4. Handling a windfall 5. Handling a changing 401(k) 6. Handling unpayable medical bills 7. Repossession and marriage 8.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 1, September

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

On the Road to Nowhere: The True Story of My First (and Worst) Job

It’s Labor Day in the United States, the holiday that traditionally marks the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year. Officially, it’s intended as “a day off for the working citizens”. As usual, GRS is taking a short break. This is a reprint of a column from five years ago. Your job is one of your most important assets. It gives you earning power.

Browning/IKEA .22 Pistol Charging Handle Hack

Materials: one RULL cabinet knob 300.714.30 Description: Older Browning .22 Buckmark pistols are designed in a way that it difficult to rack the slide; it's skinny and hard to grip, it's impossible to operate when wearing gloves. I decided to add an external charging handle to the left side of the slide (lefties want to add it to the right side).

How to Find Peace of Mind in the Modern World

In my opinion this is the biggest problem we face as “modern” people. We might have flashy gadgets and shiny cool things, but in the end when it comes down to peace of mind we have nothing. I know for me at least whenever I used to come home for the day; I used to always be 90% tense and 10% anxious for reasons I couldn’t understand.

Vision Without Obstruction: What We Learn From Steve Jobs

Self-doubt, short-term expectations, bureaucracy. How can we pursue bold ideas without letting these everyday obstacles get in the way?

Review: From Bud to Boss

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of the best discussions I’ve ever had with a reader was with Emily. Emily worked in an office environment where the supervisor position was going to become available soon.

Previously on Ikeahackers: Week of the Geek

Take a stand or have a seat: With all the fuss about standing desks, here's a Jerker that does double duty. Stands to attention when you want to stretch your legs and bows down on your lazy days. Gizmos in hiding: Somehow gadgety stuff don't look good sprawled in the living room. So hide them well in a Hol.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Advice from Sebastian Junger on achieving a remarkable life The September issue of Outside magazine has an inspiring interview with author-documentarian-bar-owner Sebastian Junger that speaks directly to an uncluttered pursuit of a remarkable life. We’ve got the technology Having the right tools to do a job can increase productivity and greatly improve your overall experience working o

Some Thoughts on Frugal Exercise

Let’s face it: if you live in a small town, your gym options are limited (at best). Even if you live in a city, going to a gym can be expensive if you’re trying to get into shape. The question I always ask is why go to a gym? What does going to a gym offer than home exercise does not?

Lacey Lykta Lamp

Materials: Lykta table lamp, lace tights, spray paint Description: Simple but effective 1. Choose a Lytka lamp in the colour you most like and spray paint- black will give more contrast. 2. Put the tights or any other lacey fabric on the lamp so that the pattern stretches on the surface. 3.

Linkswitch #84, Effective Portfolio, Selfish to Succeed, 25 Hours Days

Freelance Help, 100+ Tips on Creating an Effective Online Portfolio We all have to start somewhere with displaying our work.

Reader Story: Winning the Lottery

This guest post from Tina 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.

Vintage Comic Book Studio Workstation/Spaceship

Materials: 2xMelltorp Dining Table, 1xSet Capita Brackets, 1xLack Shelf, 200xVintage comic postcards, 1xSmall tub of varnish, 1xSmall tub of PVC glue, 1xPainbrush, Description: 1. Assemble your Melltrop tables. In this case I got 2 white tables as they are cheaper than the other finishes. 2. Join the 2 tables together. Flip the tables upside down and put the 2 ends of the table together.