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By The FLS Team

As-is speaker stand / Ektorp mash-up

Materials: Ektorp couch, Stolmen hooks, candle stands, and Laxvik table Description: I wanted to put my speakers right behind my couch, but I didn't want to buy speaker stands, because I didn't want another set of objects that I had to shuffle around while vacuuming my apartment.

Including instructions for handling your online identity in your “In case of …” file

One of my former students died a few years ago, yet her Facebook page remains. Her page has turned into a shrine, and her friends come and leave messages every once in awhile, whenever they miss her. I’m not sure if her parents left the page up on purpose, or if they didn’t know it existed.

In Defense of Mastery

There’s been a lot of talk, especially in the blogosphere, about having the freedom to put together a basket of interests, to pursue a wide variety of things simultaneously and figure out how to do do them in a way and on a level that allows you to mold together a decent living.Freedom to pursue multiple interests, it’s claimed, is the end-all, be-all.

Reader Mailbag: Looking Forward

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. Keeping whole life insurance 2. Life choices and student loans 3. Adding spouse to property title 4. Should mom file for bankruptcy? 5. Student loan worries 6. Career balancing money and passions 7.

Should Freelancers Worry About Bad Reviews?

Credit: Lifeonwhite on Photodune A bad review, whether it’s posted on a portfolio site, or just shared by word of mouth, can ruin your whole day. It’s easy to dwell on it, turning everything over and over again in your mind.

Billy-and-a-half

Materials: Tall Billy, short Billy, Olsbo doors, two bits of wood, screws Description: This is simple, but did the trick. I wanted a deep cabinet for some old stereo components (turntable, CD changer) with book storage above.

Is Unlimited Air Travel a Good Deal?

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Air travel is rarely anyone’s idea of a good time.

Why Winning is Overrated

The letter F. Think about it and two words come to the picture. One of them causes anticipation while the other leads to exasperation. I am going to talk about the latter. The word ‘Failure’! ‘Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing’.

How to Get Exactly What You Want, Right Now

Some people say it’s OK to not get exactly what you want in life. Some say you should settle for good enough because you wouldn’t want to get disappointed. I couldn’t disagree more. You can get everything you want, and you can get it now. In this article I’ll show you exactly how to do that. As you keep reading, you will be pleasantly surprised at what you discover.

PhotoDune – Envato Photo Marketplace

It’s been almost five years since we launched Envato, the company behind this site and many others, and in that time we’ve built eight digital marketplaces for everything from WordPress Themes to Background Music.

A Young Man’s Guide to Understanding Retirement Accounts: IRAs

Today we continue our two-part series on understanding retirement accounts. Last time we took a look at employer-sponsored retirement accounts like 401(k)’s and 403b’s.

Thinking MBA? Work on your MPA first!

Twenty years of teaching and studying with graduate business students at several universities has convinced me that an MBA can be a valuable way to recast or rejuvenate a career. But earning an MBA is expensive, and over the past decade the degree’s worth has diminished — a lot. So before earning an MBA, consider a do-it-yourself “MPA” — a Master of Personal Administration.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Making Your Own Tomato Sauce

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.

So You Want My Job: Comic Book Artist

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Some people think that growing up means leaving behind all your boyish ways.

Blue Deck Chairs

Materials: Ikea chair Description: Ikea has funny names for their furniture and I purchased these chairs so long ago I don't remember the name of them. They came with stretch fabric on them and when the fabric fell apart I had the frames only; which I kept because I knew I could do something with them eventually.