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By Glen Stansberry

How You Know When It's Time For Bankruptcy

By Stacy Johnson While producing news stories and researching books (here's my latest: Life or Debt 2010), I've explored virtually every way to deal with debt. This story is about the nuclear bomb of debt destruction: bankruptcy. When I produced the news story you’re about to see, I was just looking for a lawyer to interview regarding the basic facts.

"Middlemarch, Improvisation, and a Little Bit Married."

From time to time, I post short interviews with interesting people about their insights on happiness. During my study of happiness, I’ve noticed that I often learn more from one person’s highly idiosyncratic experiences than I do from sources that detail universal principles or cite up-to-date studies.

Reader Mailbag #99

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. Do you get involved when someone you care about (sibling/friend) is heading down the road to financial ruin.

Playing Writer God With Bloggers

Yesterday, Lisa Barone danced my attention over to a post on Modite that claimed bloggers are not writers. I read through it. Twice. Actually three times. I marveled at how the post managed to squeeze the words “disintermediation, cadre and myriad” into a single 67 word sentence complete with snarky parenthetical.

Save cabinet space with stackable stemware

Stemware always takes up far too much space in kitchen cabinets. Even trendy stemless wine glasses can only reduce the shelf height requirement, leaving a full footprint occupied by each glass. That’s why we were elated to come across these inexpensive and stackable Eddy glasses from Crate & Barrel. They’re only $2.95 each. Cheers.

7 Tips for Negotiating a Freelance Contract

Setting your rates as a freelancer can be a tough decision. You have to determine what amount you have to earn each hour in order to not only pay your bills but have a little extra left over. You have to decide what your work is worth. You have to decide what clients will be willing to pay.

Great Lessons from Great Men

Because I write a personal finance blog, I read a lot of books about money. I’ll be honest: they’re usually pretty boring. Sure, they can tell you how to invest in bonds or how to find the latest loophole in the tax code. But most of them lack a certain something: the human element. Recently I’ve begun to read a different kind of money book in my spare time.

How to Find Meaning In Your Work

You have days when there just seems no point to what you’re doing – where it all feels futile or meaningless. Your motivation is low, yet the work still needs to be done.You might work for an employer, or you might be self-employed.

In Defense of Nostaglia

Share One criticism that is occasionally leveled at this site is that we are “overly nostalgic.” The critic will say that we are promoting the false idea that everything was better in the past. Now you won’t find anywhere on the entire site where we argue that everything was better in the “good old days.” Anyone who’s not a fan of the plague, slavery, or World Wars und

Review: One Year to an Organized Financial Life

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. The title of this book pretty much sums it up. One Year to an Organized Financial Life by Regina Leeds basically lays out a week-by-week plan for getting your financial house in order.

On the Forums: paperless kitchens, housekeeping routines, and canister quandaries

Some great discussions are currently underway on the Unclutterer Forums: Paperless Kitchen Housekeeping Routines Kitchen Canister Quandary? Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Kick the procrastination habitThe Scientific American says that to get past the procrastination habit, plan time-specific actions into your schedule. Unitasker Wednesday: The flying alarm clockAt the appointed alarm time, the attached propeller launches and flies away from the base station.

Trimming the Average Budget: Life Insurance

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not.

Reader Story: Rental Properties for the Average Joe

This guest post from Barry is part of a new feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Every Sunday will include a reader story (in the new “reader stories” category). Some will be general “how I did X” stories, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success.

"Everything That Irritates Us About Others..."

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” -- Carl Jung * A thoughtful reader sent me the link to the site It Made My Day. Lots of fun. * I send out short monthly newsletters that highlight the best of the previous month’s posts to about 33,000 subscribers.