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By John Wesley

Three uncluttered activities you can do on a lazy Saturday

All along the east coast of the U.S. today, we’re getting blanketed with snow. As a result, I’ve declared that I’m not leaving the house unless it catches on fire.

The Side Business Question: What Is Your Time Worth?

Bob writes in: I’m in my mid twenties, worked doing tech support all through college, and worked out of college as the IT director for a political campaign of 120 staffers. I now have left to a job that fits my interests a little bit better, but clearly still have a lot of IT skills.

WSJ Career Writer, Alexandra Levit Talks New Job, New You

Last week, Wall Street Journal career columnist and five-time author, Alexandra Levit, swung by NYC and I had a chance to grab a cup of coffee and ask her about her new book, “New Job, New You.” During our conversation, I own up to the fact that I didn’t actually want to read the book, having been a bit overwhelmed by career books last year.

The Lack rack hack

This LackRack hack is from the eth0 community in the Netherlands. They have an interesting hack to house a modular datacentre, sneakily under a Lack side table. Now, if only there's a solution for all those wires! "The LackRack is the ultimate, low-cost, high shinyness solution for your modular datacenter-in-the-living-room.

A Real Story about Priorities

Jill writes in: I don’t earn much and am consequently unable to save much and what little I save is often wiped out by breakdowns (e.g. household stuff), minor illnesses and other emergencies.

Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man Is Available Once Again!

As explained last month, our publisher was not prepared for the popularity of the our first book, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man. Two weeks before Christmas the first print run of books sold out. It takes awhile for a publisher to print another run, but the second print run of the book is now out.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: I’ve Got One of the Recalled Toyotas. Now What?

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we tell you what you need to know if you're driving a recalled Toyota, how to keep your budget under control when guests come to stay, and how much it really costs to have sick kids in your home. 5 Top Articles I’ve Got One of the Recalled Toyotas. Now What?

Can You Learn to be Self-Disciplined?

A lot of people have quite a fatalistic attitude towards self-discipline. They see themselves as essentially undisciplined people who lack the stamina to follow through on their decisions. They might talk about a “procrastination problem” or “no will power”.

Ask Unclutterer: Messy mail

Reader Sandra submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Could you please do an article on how to keep mail organized? I considered myself pretty much clear of clutter, except for my mail. It’s driving me crazy.

Trainwreck Blogger JV Pitches: What Not To Do

I’ve written about how to pitch a blogger on covering a story, post, product or book. But, there’s another kind of pitch that’s becoming more and more popular as bloggers explore ways to generate income by promoting or reviewing other peoples’ products—the promotional joint venture or “JV” pitch.

Workspace of the Week: A simple study

This week’s Workspace of the Week is IJMFlickr’s home office: The simplicity of the desk, well-organized storage, and cable management instantly caught my eye in this office. Definitely check out the additional photos in the set of the media armoire (an impressive setup) and other views of the room.

Frugality and Being Social

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend of mine about some of the things I write about here on The Simple Dollar. Even though she’s struggling with some serious debt issues, she told me flatly that she didn’t want to take most of the advice given on The Simple Dollar.

Take a Day Off.

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. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. For resolutions to be effective, you need to keep those resolutions.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #4

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at the pros and cons of higher learning and how to be young and successful.Ask FreelanceSwitch is a new regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing. If you have a question about freelancing that you want answered, send an email to askfreelanceswitch@gmail.com.Lock and load!

Happiness Is…A Great Book Event in Seattle.

I really enjoyed my visit to Seattle. This was the one city on the tour that I’d never visited before, and although I was there just one day, I was lucky enough to get a gorgeous view of Mount Rainier. That evening, I had a great time talking to Warren Etheredge at the event organized by Kim Ricketts.