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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

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.

The Quiet Theory of Influence

Post written by Leo Babauta. Most online marketing people will teach you how to use social media to reach a larger audience, how to use email lists and the scarcity principle and social proof, how to create authority, how to effectively convert pageviews into sales. Most marketers, online or off, are full of it. Converting visitors into buyers is a soul-less use of your creative energy.

Girly girl KURA bunk

Materials: KURA, FABLER, SULTAN LURÖY, RIBBA Description: We wanted a low bunk bed for our little girls (aged 3 and 1) and we came across a pre-loved KURA for a real bargain, so no harm trying a hack.. The KURA nearly fits our needs except for a few things: colour, side of ladder and lack of bed base.

News, Quotes, Thought & Misc

Google Plus & Google Apps Google Plus is starting to offer games on their new entry to social networking. However, they still haven’t figured out how to let Google App users (you know, the people who pay google to use Gmail on their own domain) join the service.

Dual-Purpose DYNING Hammock

Materials: DYNING hammock, rope, pulleys, hooks Description: After putting up this hammock, we realized it took up quite a bit of our patio real-estate. We decided to dual-purpose the hammock as a sunshade. The kids have a splash-pool right below it, so when they want to play we just yank the rope, and the hammock swings up into a perfect sunshade.

Unitasker Wednesday: CorkHaus

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Who’s in the haus? Cork is in the haus! I’m usually gung-ho about organizing devices. And, the CorkHaus does keep wine corks orderly and off your kitchen cabinet top. I’m more bothered by the idea of keeping old wine corks at all.

6 Ways to Conquer the Demons of Self-Doubt

“You’ll never succeed.” “You’re not good enough.” “You might as well give up now.” Chances are, you’re hearing things like that every single day. They don’t come from your friend, or even your enemies. They come from inside your own head. Perhaps you’re working towards a big goal: like losing weight and getting fit, or starting up your own business.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Marketing to Unclutterers-In-Name-Only Regardless of if you have read or your opinion of Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love and the recently released movie of the same name, the show Marketplace on National Public Radio had a very poignant piece this Friday about the business, marketing, and branding of simplification and uncluttering. Like this site?

7 Free Tools for Monitoring Your Freelance Reputation

Honest freelancers keep their word to get work done on time. They value their reputation and their strong work ethic pays dividends. An enthusiastic customer recommendation about a freelancer’s performance can bring a number of new offers and better income. It’s important to have several positive reviews in your profile.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: School Days Edition

My oldest child starts kindergarten tomorrow. Our next child starts formal preschool tomorrow, too. They were babies just a short time ago, but they’re now progressing into the world, moving into their own independence.

Protect Your Computer: Private WiFi Review

Like most people, I use a laptop everyday. I’m comfortable with all kinds of technology, and can’t live without much of it. Coding though, what actually runs my computer, is a mystery. And hacking, just seems like wizardry. The idea of protecting my computer from hackers seems like I’d need to have more skills than Neo.

An Introduction to Arbitrage: Using Craigslist to Make a Living

On Saturday, I drove from Portland to Eugene to meet Jacob from Early Retirement Extreme. He’s on a mini road trip from the Bay Area, scouting Oregon for a place to live. Along with a few other ERE readers, I joined Jacob for a meet-up.

11 Manliest Brand Icons of All Time

For over a century, companies have used masculinity and manliness (or idealized versions of it) to sell their wares to both men and women. When selling to women, advertisers hope to lure the fairer sex into opening their pocketbooks by using masculinity to symbolize the strength of their products or by associating their brands with virile sex appeal.