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By Jules

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Baby Food

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.

Bedside Tables...a RAST hack

Materials: RAST tables, nailgun, lattice wood, paint, stain, cut 1x4, cut 1x6, base molding Description: RAST hack was a hack to turn the plain pine dresser into matching bedside tables for our bedroom. I have described how to make this on my blog...A Charming Nest. See more of her charming Rast bedside tables. ~ Erin from {A Charming Nest}

Win a Free Business Account From BaseKit (x3)

Most freelancers need to create a website at some point in their career. A website is an important aspect of any business and is something that many freelancers spend quite a lot of time working on. Unfortunately, not all of us are expert web designers. Some of us may know code really well; others may not.

Behind the Book Launch: Tribal Author Camp Oct 2011

Every time I launch a new book, I learn so much.While most authors hate the process, I love it. To me it’s one massive puzzle, and I treat it very much like launching a business. I shared a bunch of what I learned in a recent mammoth post over on Copyblogger.

From Glow Bug Pupa to Adult Firefly

Materials: Smila Bagge, red and black sharpie pens, green acrylic paint Description: We put together a great little nursery, with lots of items from Ikea, for my son. We intended the SMILA BAGGE wall lamp to be his night light for the room.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 2, October

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Reader Mailbag: Listening

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. Saving for future dream home 2. Setting a budget 3. Forgiving loans to stimulate economy 4. Should we buy a house? 5. Best book of 2011 6. Repaying an old debt 7. Baby life insurance 8.

Grass Stains on My Knees

“I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.” ~ Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes I play flag football on Sunday afternoons during the Fall with a group of friends, and it might be one of the most important pieces of my week. Aside from the great camaraderie, my favorite part is how tired I am after the games.

Rope Ain't just for Jumpin': Nautical Rope Table

Materials: NORESUND Table black-brown, rope, drill, tacky glue and hot glue Description: Take the rickety design and turn it into a gorgeous new table. Who could resist?

Our Roof Repair: A Typical Tale of Working with Contractors

My wife and I have been homeowners for nearly twenty years. In that time, we’ve done a lot of home improvement ourselves. But we’ve also learned when it’s best to hand projects to the pros.

How To Make Good On Your New Year’s Resolutions with Less Than 100 Days To Go!

Remember those New Year’s resolutions you made at the beginning of the year?  Did you make good on them or did you forget about them by February 1?  With less than 100 days left in the year, you can still turn those resolutions into a reality and reach your goals before 2012 officially rolls in.  Whether it’s losing weight, getting out of debt, organizing your home or whatever, all it take

Graphic Designer Bundle by Envato

Of all the many marketplaces we run here at Envato, the one I use the most myself is GraphicRiver. So I was very excited to get to pick out $500 of files from GraphicRiver and PhotoDune to include in a Graphic Designer Bundle which is now on sale for just $20!

This Too Shall Pass

When I turned 16 years old, I got my first car. A red Isuzu Hombre pick-up truck. Yeah, my first car’s model was named Hombre, the Spanish word for man. Though, Hombre’s weren’t a very manly model of pick-up; they were actually kind of dinky. I really didn’t care.

Review: Choosing Simplicity

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest.