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By Glen Stansberry

Metal night stand

Materials: Helmer, Capita, drill, grinder Description: We stumbled onto the Helmer and thought it would be perfect as a night stand with 6 drawers for all out stuff. However, with our bed being so high off the ground and the lowest drawer being pretty much on the floor, it didn't seem like it would work.

The Eight Splendid Truths of Happiness.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. In my study of happiness, I've labored to identify its fundamental principles. Because I get a tremendous kick out of the numbered lists that pop up throughout Buddhism (the Triple Refuge, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths, the eight auspicious symbols), I decided to dub these fundamental principles as my Eight Splendid Truths.

Do Not Deprive Yourself: How to Eat Healthy For Life

Diets do not work. Period. They often eliminate whole food groups (which is unhealthy and dangerous) or they eliminate your favorite foods (which makes them hard to stick to!) You can’t live on a restrictive diet for the rest of your life.

Unitasker Wednesday: Puzzle Sorters Puzzling Made EZ

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! While on a recent trip inside Barnes and Noble, reader Megan had reason to stop and pause. It wasn’t a book title that caught her eye, nor was it a glossy magazine cover.

Lack Table Top Recovery

Materials: Lack Table, Mod Podge, gel stripper, putty knife, wood filler, 2.5 yards of fabric, foam brushes, sand papermetal container/can, scissors, gorilla glue, utility knife Description: After sanding the top lightly, I stripped the finish off of the table and filled the hole with wood filler.

Can a Coach Help a Freelancer?

There are gymnasts, tennis players and other athletes who have been training in their sports for years — if not decades — who wouldn’t dream of working without a coach. Recently, a surgeon in New York decided to see if his work could also benefit from the analysis and suggestions of a coach.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Alternating Nights Edition

Sarah and I take turns handling the bedtime routine of our three children. One of us will make sure the kids get their teeth brushed and take their vitamins, read them their bedtime stories, sing songs for them, then hang out near their bedroom to handle the inevitable post-bedtime requests. The other parent essentially has free time. Sometimes, we just relax.

Empower Your Willpower

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service.

5 Ways To Get Your First Freelance Client

Freelancing can be fun and exciting, especially when you’re first getting started. You have a new income stream, a new amount of freedom and control, and if feels like you’re taking charge of your skills and talents. Of course, those are just a pipe dreams if you can’t find a client. So how do you get started? How do you actually go about finding that first client?

Ekby Jarpen in the hallway

Materials: Ekby Jarpen shelves, Vippa hooks, Ekby Robert Brakets, Besta frame Description: Moving into a new apartment we had trouble finding some hallway furniture to fit in the designated place. As we had three extra shelves we didn't need and a Besta frame which was bought as a TV stand but was never used, my husband came up with this idea.

Hacker help: Got a swiveling desk tray?

Description: I was referred to IKEAhackers.net through the Design forum on Craigslist. I bought some swiveling desk trays from IKEA two years ago and the item has been discontinued. I'd like about six more of them.

How to Choose the Perfect Survival Knife

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. I don’t remember my first kiss or even who it was with. I can barely recollect getting my license to drive. I vaguely remember my high school graduation and my entire time spent at college is a blur.

What a BONUS of a light!!

Materials: BONUS Cutlery, DOKUMENT Paperbasket, Kitchenstuff Description: This is hack number 3 with all the items left over from the first two hacks BONUS cutlery. Maybe you remember number one and number two. The residues from cutlery BONUS I've added with small cookie cutters and kitchen utensils and a lamp socket scrued in the paper basket DOKUMENT.

What's Your "Pigeon of Discontent"?

For the past few years, for the weekly video as part of the Happiness Challenge, I've proposed a resolution for your consideration—some concrete, manageable resolution to boost your happiness (at least, one that has boosted my happiness). As I mentioned several weeks ago, I've been thinking about changing the format of the videos for 2012, and now I've decided that I will.

Putting Off the Important Things

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to personal finance is that most of the personal finance tasks a person might do are not urgent. It’s that lack of urgency that often convinces people to indulge in bad personal finance behavior. Important and Urgent Tasks What do I mean by not “urgent”? Every task you have before you in your life can be judged by one of two traits.