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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Expedit Paper Trays

Materials: Screws/ extra Expedit shelfs Description: I was looking at paper trays because im always getting the printer/copy paper mixed up. I looked online for cheap plastic ones thinking they would be $1 a piece but the cheapest i could find was $3-4 so I decided to make my own which I think looks better anyway. 1) in one of the open cubical I drilled 2 screws on each side at every 3.5".

Lack Wall of Shoe Shelves and Storage

Materials: Lack shelving units, Tjusig shoe racks, Malm dresser, Grono table lamps, Legitim chopping boards, and hardware store "L" brackets Description: As my collection of Adidas Originals shoes grew, I was looking for an efficient and stylish way to organize and display them. Eventually 10 Tsujig shoe racks, 5 Lack shelves, and my Malm dresser combined to form this mighty wall display.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 1, March

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.

Game Controller Management System

Materials: SIGNUM (500.351.15) Description: A relatively simple hack. I was frustrated with the area above my radiator being useless, and due to an awesome sale, I got two SIGNUMS for about 12 dollars CAD total. I ended up using only one of them, and I was looking at other uses for it.

Reader Mailbag: Presentation Video

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. Save or pay off debt? 2. Friends burdened by my frugality 3. Motorcycle questions 4. Basic tax questions 5. What’s next after debt payments? 6. Writer’s block 7. Tax moves 8.

Profitable Idealism?

In January, I introduced you to a small gathering of people who are doing great work by helping others do great work.Well, the response to those calls was so incredible (we had over 700 people sign up for each and maxed out my 250 line bridge for every call), I’ve decided to keep the love going.This week, I’m going to introduce you to two friends—Pace Smith and Johnny B.

Book Review: Living the Savvy Life

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Last year I wrote about the stereotypes perpetuated by many personal finance books written for women, especially that women like to “shop till they drop.” As I mentioned in the article, a Consumer Expenditure Survey showed that women and men spend the same amount of money, just on different items.

Uncomfortable, Unknown, Unfamiliar –Are They Bad Words?

Who would have thought that two little letters like ‘un’ could have such power? An innocuous little word, no, a prefix in fact but when added to words to make uncomfortable, unknown, unfamiliar – it has the power to make grown men cringe with fear. Perhaps it’s magic.

6 Simple Yoga Stretches for Daily De-Stressing

Sitting in one position all day makes Jack a dull boy. We break down six "office stretches" that will loosen tight muscles and re-energize your daily routine.

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait: The Power and Pleasure of Delayed Gratification

While I was a fat kid in middle school who couldn’t even do a single pull-up, since college my weight has been decidedly average; I am neither particularly ripped nor overweight. But my weight does fluctuate ten pounds up or down depending on how well I’m eating and working out.

"I Have No Special Talents. I Am Only Passionately Curious."

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." -- Albert Einstein * So much great material to absorb on Brain Pickings -- "curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain." * Join the happiness discussion on the Facebook Page. Lots of interesting conversation there.

Review: Enchantment

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

Walk the Walk Before You Talk the Talk

The other day, I was chatting with someone and I told them that I was a personal finance writer. That person’s eyes got big and they said, “You mean like Dave Ramsey?” I told them that I supposed so. She then proceeded to tell me all about how a great plan for debt repayment had really turned her life around and that everyone should be doing this.


I pulled up and waited patiently for the woman to get into her car.She’d be pulling out any moment now.Moments later, the SUV about to turn the corner some 50 feet up the road saw the same thing, and decided he had dibs. Zooming back and signaling as if he’d been there the whole time, he got out and gave me the “that’s my damn spot” wave around.