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By Jay White

How To Prevent Seasonal Mood Disorder

When the winter season arrives, the days begin to get shorter and shorter. During seasonal shifts, it is not uncommon for people to experience alterations in their moods. Commonly, negative feelings and attitudes are associated with the winter months. Though it was once believed to be simply a dislike for the cold; research in recent decades has shown otherwise.

Gift Ideas that Inspires

By Tina Su A few years ago, when I first started this site, I used to do posts on gift ideas around Christmas time (like this one and this one).

How to Make a Citizen’s Arrest

I think we’ve all thought about it at one time or another. What would you do if you saw someone commit a crime? Would you call the police and let them handle it or would you try to be a hero, chase down that purse snatcher, and make a citizen’s arrest? If you’re like me, you’ve probably dreamt about choosing the latter option.

A great stand for my new espresso machine

Materials: BEKVAM kitchen cart Description: I just bought a new espresso machine, and my wife suggested I get a nice stand for it. I found the IKEA cart remake on this site and decided to give it a little twist rather than duplicating what others have done before. Click to read more>>

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Home Photo Printing

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.

Don't Fall Into "Decision Quicksand."

I'm always gratified when I learn that one of my Secrets of Adulthood reflects not merely my idiosyncratic experience, but also has some science behind it. For instance, one of my Secrets of Adulthood is: Most decisions don't require extensive research. I came up with this Secret of Adulthood to remind myself not to squander my time and energy on decisions that don't matter very much. Over th

2011 Unclutterer Holiday Gift Giving Guide: High-utility gifts for stockings

Trinkets and baubles that end up cluttering up your home (and eventually your trash can) are common items placed in holiday stockings. This doesn’t have to be the case, though, as there are numerous small, high-utility items that make great presents for stockings. Consumables, especially food you know the recipient will devour in a matter of minutes, are always good ideas.

Full-Time to Freelancing is Harder Than You Think

A recent New York Times article follows a handful of people who have left their high paying jobs (either by choice or by the recession) to start small businesses focused on their dream jobs. The spoiler?

10 Reasons Your Freelance Career is Failing

If your freelance business isn’t where you want it to be, then it’s time to own up to your choices and make a change. Here are 10 reasons your freelance career is failing. If you want to turn it around, then it’s up to you. Consider this your “tough love” article of the week. 1.

Reader Mailbag: A Day with Mom

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. SmartyPig update 2. Figuring out debt repayment order 3. Buying elderly mom a home 4. NCUSIF insurance 5. Ending naptime 6. Credit card challenges 7. NACA question 8. Splitting regular and Roth 401(k) 9.

Freelance Freedom #236: Its All Relative

Once a week, we feature a fantastic freelance-themed comic from the talented N.C. Winters. Why not also take a look at our comic archive?

Getting Over the Overdraft: How I Started Saving

This post is by staff writer Tim Sullivan. A few years back, I got a paycheck in the mail and went to deposit it. I left the bank, dropped off a rent check, bought groceries, a sandwich across the street, gas on the way home, and a new album from iTunes to listen to while cooking. I forgot to endorse the check. Normally, this is no big deal for my bank. That day, they decided it was.

5 Awesome Ways Love Improves Your Life

So many people live life in a constant state of anguish in their relationship. Either they don’t like their partner or they don’t like them enough. Everyone can improve their relationship to make it more satisfying. Yet, most people don’t. It’s most likely because they don’t realize how significant love is in life.

Shopping Challenge Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Holiday Shopping Challenge. We had a lot of great Christmas shopping tips and suggestions. The winner of the $250 gift card is Jennifer Marie. She was chosen based on a random number from www.random.org. So how did my shopping, turn out?

Rip Off the Band-Aid!

When I was a kid and had a loose tooth, my intimidating grandmother would always ask me if I’d like to have it removed using her patented old school technique. This method involved tying one end of a string to the tooth, the other end to a doorknob, and then slamming the door shut, thus ripping out the tooth with one fell swoop. As an eight-year-old I found this idea pretty terrifying.