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By John Wesley

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.

Ask the Readers: How Do I Pick the Best Credit Card?

Sometimes I get questions that are out of my league. In the past, I’ve just sort of ignored these, but I’d like to try to answer more of them.

How Not to Hurry

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” ~ Lao Tzu Post written by Leo Babauta.

An Article Guaranteed to Put Hair on Your Chest

Shave my chest hair for $10 Million?  Go to hell. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Anthony J. Gretz. Do you remember that part in The 40 Year-Old Virgin where Andy (Steve Carell) goes to a salon and gets his chest waxed? The camera focuses on his face as he screams and yells out a string of obscenities while strip after strip of hair is ripped from his body.

Would You Pay to Read YOUR OWN Blog?

The conversation swirling around this week’s earlier post, “Whose Blog Would You Pay to Read?” blew me away. But… Buried deep in the comment stream, professional blog consultant, Michael Martine of Remarkablogger.com fame asked a powerful question that got a bit lost in the shuffle. Thing is, it needs to be given more attention.

Emergencies Versus Opportunities

Tim writes in: We are working on our emergency fund. We put almost all of our extra income into the fund. The problem that I am wrestling with is that it is hard to watch opportunities go by while we work on this fund. It will take a year or two to fully fund our emergency fund (3 to 6 months). Example, I really wanted to buy some Ford stock when it was at $4 / share.

The case against the iPad

Timothy B. Lee is good friend of ours. He is a member of the Center for Information Technology at Princeton University and he blogs at Bottom-Up. Apple released a new product, called the iPad, yesterday. For those of you who don’t spend your days glued to Twitter, you can view all the details at Apple’s website. I’m not impressed.

Getting More Out of Your Job

Most people focus on their paycheck as the reward for their work. While it is true that this is a significant portion of what you get in exchange for your time and effort, there are often other benefits.

The New Frugality: Consume Less, Save More, Live Better

By Lynn Truong Last week on Patt Morrison I heard Chris Farrell talking about "The New Frugality" and the trend towards a sustainable lifestyle. (I actually called in and mentioned Wise Bread -- you can hear me on the segment.) I was stoked that he was familiar with Wise Bread (really, we're on his blog roll!).

Lapicientos, pencil holder

I love this one. It's the first hack I've seen on the Ikea pencil. A pencil holder from pencils! "We are 2creativo, a graphic and industrial design studio from Barcelona, Spain. We have an old hack we made 6 years ago, as we had to visit Ikea several times. It all came because we started collecting lots of pencils they give for free in Ikea, as we thought it was great to have a free material.

Personal Development: More Than Self-Motivation and Positive Thinking

Personal development happens when you finally decide to change the way you live your life for the better. It must be emphasized that the whole process is not only made up of good experiences or formal workshops.

Boxetti: Sleek minimalist furniture

If money were no object and I kept a spectacular flat in London as a second or third home, I would decorate it with furniture like this: The Boxetti furniture collection (beware of the music that starts playing when clicking on the link) by Rolands Landsbergs is a beautiful feat of minimalism.