Featured Blog

Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Happiness Booster: Time Time for Projects.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Creativity, and last week’s resolution was to Force yourself to wander. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

A Young Man’s Guide to Understanding Retirement Accounts: The 401(k)

Chicks dig a man with an awesome retirement account. If you’re a young man, you’re probably not giving much thought to retirement right now. It’s understandable. It’s hard to plan and think about something that’s 40 years away (maybe many more–the traditional idea of retirement will likely undergo a lot of changes in the next several decades).

Beware of the Linen Cocktail Napkin

Beware of the Linen Cocktail Napkin is a brilliant post by Gretchen over at the Happiness Project. It talks about how we often by things because of who we want to be instead of who we actually are.

The One Factor That Matters

Each and every day here on The Simple Dollar, I write about personal finance tactics (or information somehow related to that general idea). I talk about my own experiences. I share information that I’ve discovered. I review books. I answer questions from readers about their finances. All of these articles are worthwhile reads (well, at least I think they are).

5 Steps to Create a New Habit

‘Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.’ ~Benjamin Franklin Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Tess Marshall of The Bold Life. When I decided to quit smoking, I was 27 years old, my two oldest daughters were seven and five, and the twins were three. I didn’t want to be a bad example,

Kitchen wall covering

Materials: HYLLIS Description: The idea is simple : use all elements of one super-cheap HYLLIS metal shelves to construct a kitchen wall covering. ~ PATY MNI, BELGIUM (Liège)

Post at Manilla

I am going to be doing some writing for Manilla.com.  My first post on multi-tasking is live so check it out.

Knuff is e-knuff

Materials: Vika amon custom table, Knuff Description: I was really in the need of someplace to store my 11x17 paper for my large format printer. I was storing it on the floor under the desk but I kept kicking it. Then I had it on a HOL storage cube that we store our blankets in. That became a pain. So I went down to our favorite Swedish furniture store with a mission.

Pimp my Billy Laiva: From a boring bookshelf to an astonishing bar

Materials: 1-One LAMPLIG Grytgaller 2-One LOTS spegel 3-One DIODER led 4-Couple of nail clips and double sided adhesive pads. Description: The pictures I took are quite self-explanatory, so I will resume it as much I can. Have you any question I will be happy to answer it! I sawed the Lamplig right in the middle.

Don’t let maybe-one-day items become clutter in your home

Reusing objects is a tricky matter for people, like myself, who struggle with clutter. Our initial instinct is to save an item so we can reuse it (I’m being frugal! I’m helping the environment!). However, if the object is never repurposed, it becomes clutter. The most common examples of this are plastic tubs for food stuffs like cottage cheese, sour cream, and margarine.

Dry Beans or Canned Beans: A Cost-Effective Comparison

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see.

Top 10 Open Source Project Management Apps for Freelancers

Advertise here with BSASuccessful freelancers know that time is money. Efficient task and time management are the key factors for freelancers. One freelancer may simultaneously lead several projects, need to communicate with a dozen of clients, and have numerous deadlines to hit.

Clients Don’t Quit Projects, They Quit Freelancers

Advertise here with BSACredit: disorderly on Photodune There is an old adage in the business world that “employees don’t quit jobs, they quit managers.” The idea is rather basic and reminds us that it is most often the people and not the actual job that generates turnover. I think this philosophy holds true to running a freelance based business.

More Thoughts on Frugal Beauty

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Last week Sierra wrote about how to look good on a budget with some great tips for the frugal and the do-it-yourselfer. It was popular, too — as of Sunday, her article had a whopping 275 comments!

The 4 Success Attitudes Of Walt Disney

‘Think, believe, dream and dare.’ Walt Disney There is an attitude that sets apart the mediocre from the majestic. It is called the success attitude. Did you know that when Walt headed west to pursue his dream, that he sold his possessions – even his camera, to purchase a First Class train ticket, because he wanted to arrive first class?