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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm

Trimming? What About Earning More?

During the entire “Trimming the Average Budget” series, the focus has been on spending less money.

Simple Tax Strategies to Maximize Your Tax Refund

By Silicon Valley ... We’re nearing the thick of tax time, and I’m sure the first thing on your mind (I know it’s on mine) is “how much money am I getting back?” and “what am I going to use the money for?” If you’re part of the W-2 crowd and have your taxes withheld throughout the year, you could be getting some money back.

The Ultimate How to Get Lean Guide

Post written by Leo Babauta.

Congrats to Martina and Sonic the hamster!

Martina's Hamster Haven led right from the start. The Chicken Home put up a fight but in the last few days of the poll, the Ham pulled away and took home the trophy. The Hamster Haven wins at 28% of votes, with the Chicken Home coming in second with 21%. Thank you, thank you everyone for joining in the fun and voting.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #3

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at what to do when a client goes AWOL and when they drag their feet during a project.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.Let’s rock!

Happy third birthday to us!

On January 6, 2007, all this uncluttered blogging began. We’re a little belated with our celebration, but we still wanted to mention that we passed a wonderful milestone in our site’s history. Three cheers for three years! Thank you, to all of our readers, for making the past three years so incredible. We look forward to the next year of Unclutterer!

Planning a (Debt-Free) Dream Vacation

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Most people agree that a vacation is supposed to be relaxing, but planning for one can be just the opposite. Still, poor planning can cost money and time, causing headaches and frustration when you’re supposed to be getting away from it all. Some people like to book a ticket and see where life takes them.

A lighting hackea

A simple light hack but one that helps Stefan save energy. We have a dining room table light (not made by IKEA) which has 5 E14 fitting type bulbs. The original bulbs were 25W a piece, which adds up to 125W total. Trying to reduce our energy usage I decided to replace with the 5W Sparsam CFL's. At first it didn't look too pretty.

How to Run a Political Campaign for Local Office

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Phil Van Treuren, a city councilman in Amherst City, Ohio.

Trimming the Average Budget: Miscellaneous (Including a Surprising Biggie)

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.

Backdoor into the Roth IRA: You're Invited to the Tax-Free Party

By Jeff Rose Have you ever been waiting in a long line somewhere wishing you knew somebody that could get you in the backdoor? Or hoping that somehow you were the VIP and had immediate access to the hippest party around?

Someone Always Pays

Imagine walking into your dentist’s office and seeing a flat panel monitor in the waiting room… The 52-inch beauty rotated a variety of ads on various toothy products while you waited. One showed a really cool new electric toothbrush. Another boasted cool new disposable waterless toothbrush/toothpaste combo kits.

Eight Tips for Maintaining Friendships

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 8 tips for maintaining friendships. Ancient philosophers and scientists agree: strong social ties are a KEY to happiness. You need close, long-term relationships; you need to be able to confide in others; you need to belong; you need to get and give support.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 50 Personal Finance Bloggers to Watch in 2010

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.

How To Develop Motivation in Your Everyday Life

Personal development, maximizing your potential, goals setting, motivating yourself for the better – these are some of the inter-related things that you need to work on as an individual. Here, we will set our sights on the many ways that you can develop motivation in life. The Importance of Finding Out what Motivates You First, let’s find out what the importance of motivation exactly is.