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Reader Mailbag: Educational Television

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. Life expectancy and Social Security 2. Generational inequality 3. Discretionary spending 4. Refinancing timing 5. Renting a car for vacation 6. Sticking to self-set deadlines 7. IRAs and brokerage fees 8.

Upgraded Melodi lamp

Materials: MELODI Description: I love this MELODI ceiling lamp. I love its shape and its clean look. But for my daughter's room I thought it might be nicer to decorate it a little. I pierced it with a hot nail. It is very easy since it is made of plastic. After that I inserted a dozen butterflies made of feather around it. The effect is stunning. ~ Eleanor atrakji, Israel

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Development Work and Domain Names

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at development work and domain names. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Why Austerity Hurts: The Government’s Budget is Not Like Yours

This post is from new staff writer Sarah Gilbert. GRS readers liked Gilbert’s recent post on economics and current events, so today she’s offering more of the same. Unlike “entitlements,” the word “austerity” has come to mean something akin to “godliness” in modern political circles.

8 Steps to True Happiness

“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter and to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” - Louis D. Brandeis It’s become popular over the last several years, to create vision boards in order to manifest your dreams.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Airline Tickets

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.

Hacks for the Traveling Man: 11 Quick Fixes for Dressing and Grooming Problems on the Road

When it comes to traveling, some men are careful packers. They make a list and carefully lay out the clothes they need for their trip a day or two before their departure. Other men are last minute packers, rushing around the house, throwing things in their bag while reassuring themselves that they won’t miss the plane if they speed 5, and then 10, and then 15 miles over the speed limit.

The Mighty Power of the Lowly Coin Jar (or, How I Saved $723 in Seven Months Without Effort)

This guest post is from Danny Iny, an author, strategist, serial entrepreneur, and co-founder of Firepole Marketing, the program that teaches expert marketing for non-marketers. If you like what you read here, check out his free video course or follow him on Twitter. In January, I started an experiment, a savings experiment.

Chief Lying Officer

My wife, two kids and I had a trip planned to Florida to spend a week with her family on the beach. Originally we were going to drive, but at the last minute decided that was a bad idea and bought plane tickets on Delta. My parents graciously drove us to the airport in Kansas City. We checked our luggage and paid the $50 to take the pack and play and our suitcase.

Is Your Passion for Productivity Hurting Your Career?

Confession: I’m a productivity junkie. I love the “more with less” mindset. There isn’t a time management technique I haven’t tried. But, as a career coach, I’ve seen many cases in which passion for productivity has actually been a hindrance to career success What do I mean? Well, being productive is obviously a good thing. We all need to get stuff done.

The Tragedy of Missing Out

Post written by Leo Babauta. A father and his son went fishing on a small boat, hungry. The father helped his son reel in his first fish, and it was a beauty. “Great catch, son,” the father said. “Yes, but I’m worried I’m missing out on better fish,” the son said.

Unitasker Wednesday: FingerPickin Cocktail Picks

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Toothpicks are great little tools. You can soak them in water and then use them to hold bacon on Filet Mignon during grilling. You can use toothpicks to get poppy seeds out from between your teeth.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 What will be your legacy? Sue DeRoos: “Everyone gets organized at some point, they just might not be around for it.” 2009 To-Do Tattoos You can be sure your child makes it wherever he needs to go with everything on his list. It’s novel, and I like when organizing can be fun. Like this site?

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Kindergarten Edition

Rather than spending the day at daycare or at preschool until his mother picked him up after school, our son now comes home on the school bus. For a good hour, the only two people in our home are me and him. We have a snack together. We talk about our respective days for a little bit.

Tackling Stress with the “Breathe and Reboot” Method

Credit: Elenathewise on Photodune. “Breathe and reboot.” I say this to myself a lot; heck, today it was my status message on Facebook. It’s one of my mantras…when something has me really irritated, frustrated, stressed, or angry. I know better than to let those emotions overcome me.