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By The Unclutterer Team

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Whole Chickens

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

The Art of Manliness Podcast #34: An Interview With Nick Offerman (AKA Ron Swanson)

If you’ve been following the site, you know Kate and I are big fans of NBC’s Parks and Recreation. We’re especially fans of the character Ron Swanson on the show. Ron Swanson is the head of the Pawnee Parks and Rec Dept. in Indiana. He’s a conservative libertarian who loves woodworking, breakfast foods, hunting, and fishing, and he keeps a sawed off shotgun in his desk.

Faktum kitchen dog bed

Materials: Faktum base cabinet with 3 drawers, Captita legs, Numerär worktop, Abstract drawer front, Description: After putting two 80cm Faktum base cabinets and a 246cm Numerar worktop together, a huge space between the bases cabinets was left. Since we have a dog who likes to be in the kitchen with us, we decided to give her a place of her own.

14 Tips for Controlling Holiday Eating.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my eating habits lately—probably because the holiday season is so full of temptation. Here are some guidelines that I’ve been trying to follow, whether eating in or eating out, with various degrees of fidelity. 1. Wear snug-fitting clothes. 2. Buy food in small containers.

Unitasker Wednesday: Topping Tornado

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Reader AMK sent us this unitasker that just might get the award for being the most unnecessary unitasker we’ve ever featured.

Something to look at when you lie awake at night

Materials: "Tupplur" Rullgardin - Rolling curtain. Pencil. Paper knife. (Metal) ruler . Large cutting board, or a thick layer of cardboard on your table. Highlighter. Description: 1. Put the curtain on the table. 2. Scroll to the part that you want to enhance with a cut-out silhouette. 3. Make a sketch of your design on the curtain with the pencil.

What We Couldn’t Work Without

Every freelancer out there has a bag of tricks they wouldn’t want to do work without—whether it’s their computer, useful software, or their favorite radio station. Find out what sorts of things help FreelanceSwitch.com contributors during their workday.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Simple Sentences Edition

One of the most enjoyable parts of parenting a toddler is watching words and then eventually phrases and sentences start to emerge out of a verbal muck of sounds and noises. One day, your toddler is making nonsense sounds.

Finding Your Flow: Spend Less and Do More

This article is from new staff writer Tim Sullivan. How can you get the most out of the dollars you spend on entertainment?

Seven Tips for the Beginning Freelance Writer

Starting out as a freelance writer is not as easy as it appears. Learning how to become a freelance writer requires business considerations, not just writing chops. Beyond getting out there and securing contracts, you need to be self-motivated and organized.

Golden Baroque Ung Drill

Materials: Ung Drill, Liquid Leaf classic gold, Daler-Rowner GoldFinger metallic paste Description: Next to my organ I wanted to put up a picture of my family members' silhoutte. I purchased an Ung Drill frame. I sprayed painted it with white acrylic primer. Following that I brushed on a a layer of Liquid Leaf classic gold paint. I removed the glass from the frame.

Random Show – Episode 17 – Start-ups, Investing, and Pickled Vegetables

Long overdue, join me and Kevin Rose as we catch up on topics ranging from investing and Steve Jobs to pickled food and start-up launches. Thanks to Glenn for his usual Jedi videography. For the Breville contest, just search the Oink app for user “Tim Ferriss” to find my profile. Two odds and ends: 1) You all ROCK.

What Does “Success” Mean to You?

Success. It’s something that most of us want in our lives. We might have a hazy picture of what it looks like: “Lots” of money A jet-setting lifestyle A great relationship Achieving a particular status within a career The problem is, none of these things are easy (or even possible) to achieve. How much money is “lots”? What counts as a “great” relationship?

Elegant shades

Materials: Ekas Lamp Shades Description: I have 2 lamps with Ekas lamp shades - one in white and another black. I purchsed some glass chandelier glass prism and some purple chandelier acrylic crystals. On the white Ekas shade, I sub divided the circumference of the base of the shade into 12 even sections, each punched with a small hole near the bsae of the shade.

10 Books to Gift the Geeky Creative in Your Life

Shopping for that brainy special someone? Check our shortlist of great new nonfiction reads across creativity, productivity, and technology.