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By Mark Shead

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In September, we reported on The New York Times article that discussed the current state of self-storage in the U.S. The Self Storage Association reported that unit rentals were down about “2 or 3 percent” across the country. The article in the paper didn’t talk about what was happening to the stuff that had previously made up that 2 or 3 percent.

Retirement or Education?

Chris writes in: We are friends with another couple that is around our same age, income level, status, and number and age of children.

Evaluate your household routines

The routine chart provided on pages 98 and 99 in Unclutter Your Life in One Week is almost identical to the routine chart my husband and I used in our house when I was writing the book.

Solving 1099 Problems

If you work with clients based in the U.S, you’ve probably received a Form 1099-MISC. That’s the form that a business uses to report money paid to contractors, as well as to report other income. You should receive a copy of the form from your clients by January 31 of each year.

Borris mat modular carpet squares

Jari B needed carpets and found a cheap solution using Borris door mats. "I needed some kind of floor covering for the kitchen area in my tiny apartment, and having recently moved, I'm on really tight budget at the moment. My kitchen is right near the entryway, so it's also serves as a high traffic area.

The Hypocrite Test: Should Rich People Pay More?

Today, I’m pondering the notion of fairness… Imagine a contractor shows up at your house to give you an estimate on installing a new boiler. You’ve got a beautiful place and it shows. You started with nothing 20 years ago and worked to the bone to build a nice life for your family and have some nice things. The house just happens to be one of them.

Lessons Learned from Rushing Into Real-Estate Investing

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker, whose own blog recently featured a must-see graphic on credit card transactions around the world.

Your own pesonal No Impact week with No Impact Man himself (that's me)

Perhaps you know that the No Impact Project, my non-profit effort, has been developing a series of programs to help people discover lifestyle adaptations that are both better for them and the planet. One of the programs is called No Impact Week.

A Valentine’s Day Gift Worth Framing: Frame the Date Giveaway

If you haven’t checked your calendar lately, there’s less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day. I’ll be honest. I’ve never been good at Valentine’s Day gifts. I usually do flowers because, well, it’s safe.

5 Rules for Watching Reality TV Efficiently

Image courtesy of vhm-alex @ deviantART What’s your guilty reality TV pleasure? The Bachelor? Survivor? America’s Got Talent? Of course, the granddaddy of them all — American Idol — just started a new season. Some 30 or 40 million fans have been waiting six months for American Idol to kick off.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #16: Conquering Debt with J.D. Roth of Get Rich Slowly

Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s edition we talk to J.D. Roth, founder of the personal finance blog, Get Rich Slowly. Money Magazine named Get Rich Slowly the most inspiring money website as well as one of the top 25 personal finance blogs on the net. J.D. has a new book coming out this spring called Your Money: The Missing Manual. We talk to J.D.

Zen Habits Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. I get asked a lot of questions, many of them repeatedly, and I figured instead of answering them all over and over, I’d compile my answers for everyone here. Of course, there’s a lot more about me and this site on the About page, and I’d always love it if you checked out the Books page. I hope you find this useful! 1.

Shade Trees as a Smart Financial Investment

You read that right. Shade trees. One of our plans for the spring is to plant a shade tree or two on the southwest side of our home. These trees won’t be very large now, but in several years, they will grow to a reasonable size, providing some nice shade on summer days when our children are about ten years old or so. Originally, we decided to do this purely for aesthetic reasons.

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: January 2010

Now that I’m done with the bulk of the work on Your Money: The Missing Manual, I can start doing many of the things I used to do. Like provide monthly summaries for Get Rich Slowly. In some ways, January was a strange month around here. For one thing, I think this was the month with the fewest posts since I started the site; there were only three days with more than one post.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: What the iPad Is and Is Not

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we go over what you can expect with a new Apple iPad, how to use up the leftover juice from your canned fruit, and twelve ways to get more reading done! Top 5 Articles What the iPad Is and Is Not — Is it a bird? How ‘bout a plane? Turns out, it’s neither.