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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Coffee filter light assembly

Materials: Melodi light fixture/with cord assembly Description: I needed something a bit more elaborate for a modern, hip den (not formal living room), so I purchased three packs of bleached coffee filters (480 ea)and folded each and everyone of them on half, and one more time half, sort of created a paper flower with frills.

Productivity501 Community Links

A week or so ago I asked what Productivity501 readers had been writing. This post highlights some articles written by our readers. I encourage you to check them out. If you see something that you like, be sure to let the author know in their comments or in the comments here.

How Much Is a Clean Home Worth?

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Last month I wrote a post on do-it-yourself beauty and personal care products.

Why People Can’t Overcome Their Fear of Failure

You probably agree that the #1 reason why people can’t pursue their passions is MONEY.

How to Be The Luckiest Person

Photo by the beautiful Anna Gay By Tina Su I have a confession to make. And that is… I am the luckiest person in the Universe. This is my little secret.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Finding Cheap Gas

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.

A Man’s Guide to Pregnancy: Your Progeny Enters the World

You’ve taken care of your wife during the last nine months. And you’ve made preparations for the baby’s arrival. And now the moment has arrived at long last: it’s time to bring your progeny into the world.  Are you ready? ___________ For most of human history, the delivery of a baby was an activity strictly relegated to the women’s sphere.

Unitasker Wednesday: The dipr

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! The September issue of Real Simple magazine was the source for this week’s unitasker.

Backlit nightstands

Materials: Effektiv door, Branas, Description: I got two milk-glass doors in the As-Is section, put them on top of Branas baskets where I had installed the Inreda lights beforehand. Now I have two beautiful nightstands with some storage room inside (for books etc.) for less than 45euros. ~ Markus, Cologne, Germany

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Iowa Politicking Edition

One very interesting part of living in Iowa (a facet that I imagine is really only shared with residents of New Hampshire) is the huge amount of political gamesmanship that goes on in this state for the six months or so before a presidential caucus. Because Iowa is the first state in the nation to have a presidential caucus, presidential candidates descend on Iowa like locusts.

Freelance Help, 100+ Tips on Creating an Effective Online Portfolio

Online portfolios are one of a freelancer’s greatest marketing tools. You can reference it in your business cards, promotional campaigns, email signatures, and clients can find you on their own through search engines – generating you new business. Your portfolio is the face of your business and needs to communicate well on its own online.

7 Simple Steps to Becoming Well-Read

One of the most common personal development resolutions is to read more. Reading is a great way to fire up your brain, increase your vocabulary, gain a richer understanding of your own or other cultures, and enjoy some good stories to boot! So what’s holding you back?

Proven Solutions to Freelance Income Fluctuation

Credit: SimpleFoto on Photodune If you’re a freelancer, you probably know the Lumpy Income Blues by heart. You know how it goes: One month, your income is $10,000. That’s a five-figure income! In just one month! Wow! At last you’re one of those people profiled in The Wealthy Freelancer! Then, in the next month, where did all those lucrative clients go?

Drilling machine table

Materials: BEKVAM and ERIK Description: Just build the Bekvam table and don't put in the middle shelf. For better stability in future I used steel "L" profiles in corners. You can buy them certainly in any hardware store. And I also "reinforced" the sides of the table with OSB boards. So it should stay stable enough in future as well.

Why I Love the Megabus: A Closer Look at a Seldom-Used (but Cheap!) Way to Travel

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money. She also writes about frugality, intentional living, and life in general at her own blog, Surviving And Thriving. I’m in the middle of a month-long trip to the East Coast: a little work, but mostly tourism.