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By Mark Shead

Review: QBQ!

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Contemporary culture constantly seems to push us to blame others. It’s the Republicans’ fault! It’s the liberals’ fault! It’s the art department’s fault! It’s your brother’s fault! Guess what? Casting blame on others doesn’t solve any problems.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Tipke Marine Fold-It Utility Cart A folding wheelbarrow can save space in the garage or shed. Unitasker Wednesday: Drywalkers They’re clean shoes to put on over your dirty shoes! Be organized with a Butler Bag The Butler Bag makes purse organizing a breeze. The Green Box Ingenious pizza box transforms into four paper plates and a smaller boxes suitable for storing leftovers in a refrig

Finding the Fire: Nine Things I Do to Make Each Day Great

I have three kids under the age of five at home.

Reader Story: Learning to Read the Fine Print

This guest post from Joel is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

Learned Helplessness: The Secret to Being Poor

“The Power Of One” courtesy of Shaun King Everyone and their brother has the “secret” to being rich. Countless books, articles, and late-night infomercials have revealed how we can all live in palm tree lined mansions and drive bright red Ferraris. So why are so many of us struggling? Because we have learned to be poor.

A Weekend Project for You

60% of Americans don’t have a will. When they die, at least some of what they hope of passing on to their loved ones will be eaten up by lawyers and distributed by judges. Pretty amazing what an hour of contemplation and an hour of document preparation can do. 47% of Americans have no life insurance.

"What Is Commonly Thought Big...What Is Commonly Thought Small."

"Let us not take it for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small." --Virginia Woolf * I just discovered the blog Momalom, written by two sisters -- "Life with three kids; because it's all we ever talk about anyway." * Join the happiness discussion on the Facebook Page. Lots of interesting comments there.

I Love Anthropologie! Why?

I love Anthropologie because this fabulous store is going to carry The Happiness Project. Yay! I can't wait to see it there.

On Vacation with the Real Millionaire Next Door

I believe that money is a tool that should be used to help build the life of your dreams. After you’ve repaid your debt, saved for emergencies, and funded your retirement, anything you have left over is yours to do with as you please. I never thought I’d reach the “do with as you please” phase personally. It seemed like a pipe dream.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: May 15, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Small-space ingenuity: The Sigmafocus hide-a-cue

The French company Focus has designed a truly beautiful barbecue grill that folds into the wall: From pg. 120 of the focus catalog, the Sigmafocus: Finally — an alternative to the unattractive contraptions on capricious wheels that have cluttered up our gardens and decks for so long.

Make It Easy To Do Right.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too. Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Download the Lessons in Manliness eBook

Back in March we did a group writing project here on AoM where we asked readers to submit essays on the lessons in manliness they’ve learned from a man in their life.

Debt Consolidation and the “Orbital of Stupid”

Yesterday, I heard a very interesting story on NPR that focused on Dave Ramsey looking at Greece’s debt situation through a personal finance lens.

Franken-Counter!

Materials: Expedit 179x85 bookshelf, as-is desktop, lag bolts, Description: I have a small basement suite with a tiny kitchen. The countertop space was minimal, but these was an unused space on the other side of the kitchen which was built at a terrible converging angle. The previous tenants had a bookcase in the corner for storing spices and food, but it was unsightly and a poor use of space.