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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm

Making Big Decisions and Mastering the Consequences

It's natural to worry before making a big decision, but how much "due dilligence" is too much? We examine the pros (and cons) of looking before you leap.

Cheap Lack Kitchen Island

Materials: Lack End Tables, and Vika Amon Table Top Description: Pretty simple Hack. 2 Ikea Lack Side Tables stacked on top of each other, I used 4 L brackets to attach the two together. Then the small cheap vika amon table top glued on top. Cost me about 25 bucks between the side tables, top and hardware.

"Our Way of Living Should Spring from Our Own Deepest Impulses..."

“It is essential to happiness that our way of living should spring from our own deep impulses and not from the accidental tastes and desires of those who happen to be our neighbors, or even our relations.” -- Bertrand Russell.

What Should My Net Worth Be?

Earlier today, I was thumbing through the excellent book The Millionaire Next Door, when I came across an interesting discussion about a person’s net worth. The authors, William Stanley and Thomas Danko, offer up a rule of thumb for a person’s net worth: Multiply your age times your realized pretax annual household income from all sources except inheritances. Divide by ten.

Ikea Beaker Vase Lamp

Materials: IKEA Salong Vase,Tyst Coasters, lamp kit, Hojta placemat lamp shade Description: I loved this little blue beaker vase and immediately knew I wanted it to be a lamp. I used a small drill with a diamond bit to drill a hole in the side of the vase (Slowly!!) and then used a rubber grommet in the hole so that the cord isn't cut by the edges of the hole in the glass.

Ways to Master the Art of Perseverance

Whether you’re trying to get out of debt, obtain a college degree, build a start-up company, or stick to a healthier diet, many of life’s most meaningful goals require a great deal of perseverance. Have you ever tried to tackle a difficult long-term goal and failed?


Materials: LACK wall shelf Description: Wall shelf sawn into pieces, light and a mirror. ~ Adrian Bursell, sweden

The Benefits of Creating Talking Head Videos for Your Blog

View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch. This week we look at The Benefits of Creating Talking Head Videos for Your Blog by Darren Rowse. In this video he discusses the benefits of creating simple videos on your blog.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #46

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. This past week, my oldest two children and I spent some time looking at public domain photos of different points in American history for an art project.

Flower power bottles

Materials: DRYCK-BLABAR bottles, glass marker, owen, metal sponge Description: Label of the Ikea DRYCK BLABAR bottle is very difficult to remove. The adhesive is very persistent. After an hour of soaking in hot water, I used a metal sponge that I removed the label. With glass marker I draw a bouquet of flowers on a dry bottle.

5 Vital Tips to Become Successful

People tend to forget that no man is ever born successful; rather success is the fruit of a man’s (or woman’s!) work. So if you want success you are going to have to work for it, and you are going to have to bring some changes in your life. These 5 tips will guide you in the right direction to mold yourself into the person you want to be.1.

Announcing the Re-Launch of the AoM Barbershop Locator

A couple of years ago I started a custom Google Map that allowed people to find and add their favorite barbershops from all over the world, so that their fellow AoMers could check them out too.


Materials: 30 IRMA pillows and one KARLSTAD slipcover Description: A simple beanbag like couch, made out of 30 small Irma pillows stuffed into a Karlstad couch slipcover. ~ Boaz Saragossi, Milano

Wearing Things Out

Dinner with My Family is taking a one week hiatus this week. On the shelf in my office sits a well-worn copy of the board game Settlers of Catan. By well-worn, I mean well-worn. Fraying edges. Ink starting to wear off of the cards. A few home-brewed replacement pieces. A bit of moisture damage causing some warped pieces. The game has moved with me at least four times.

Clutterfree, Finally

Post written by Leo Babauta. It’s just you, and the life you love.