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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Crafting the Life You Want: Gathering Your Tools

Image from Shutterstock The Wear the Pants™ Project Content Series is sponsored by Dockers. Win $100K to finally do what you love. Enter now.    What’s this? Welcome back to our three part series on crafting the life you want.

EXPEDIT wardrobe with plants

Materials: Wxpedit, Dampa, Bigarra, Ikea plants Description: 1) Assemble 4x4 EXPEDIT with only one vertical row of shelves on the left and without the bottom. 2) Before adding the right vertical panel put in two screws that stand out half an inch to hold the DAMPA curtain rod. 3) Cut the rod to the right size, put it in place, add the right panel.

IKEA LACK Tables become wall art

Materials: 3 LACK side tables, at least 3 yards of fabric Description: My roommate and I were perusing IKEA and saw a nice wall art display at IKEA. The store display used actual frames of some kind. Problem was, IKEA didn't sell those types of frames in their store (I don't even know why they displayed those frames in the first place).

Four common obstacles to completing chores

Chores are tasks you don’t want to do. If you wanted to do them, you wouldn’t call them chores. Rather, you would refer to them as opportunities or entertainment or fun. Even though you don’t want to do chores, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do them to help your life run more smoothly.

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #2: Cleanse Your Wallet or Purse

This week, The Simple Dollar is running a short series on some of the key moments in my financial turnaround and how you can experience those moments as well.

5 Items to Snap You Out of Your Daily Work Out Routine

This post is brought to you by Hyundai. Click here to learn more about the new 2011 Elantra. What’s this? Every man should strive to be fit. It’s not a matter of aesthetics or getting six pack abs. It’s about functional strength and the way a healthy body can affect every aspect of your life.

Persistence Pays: 4 Things You Can Do to Hang in There and Secure the Job

Credit: D Sharon Pruitt They say that persistence is important, and if you ask me, it’s an essential characteristic of successful freelancers. After all, sometimes you put out an inquiry to work for a prospective client, maybe you hear back, but you don’t land the job. What do you do–move on or potentially “waste” your time staying on top of the client?

Mood light panel

Materials: Pax Fevik wardrobe door, DIODER led lights, some wood and two hooks Description: I have always been a big fan of mood lighting and the low cost of IKEA lamps has allowed me to experiment with creating the perfect balance of functional and mood light. So I decided to make a light panel for my recently purchased toy, a large plasma TV.

Things to Consider Before Getting Married

After 7 years of marriage I can honestly say that I would do it again without changing much. Well, maybe we would have spent our money a little more conservatively but as far as the the decision on marriage - it was a perfect one.Unfortunately, as I consider our acquaintances and their marriages, it's clear that all marriages are not created equal.

Cheap Travel: How To Get The Most For Your Travel Dollars

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. Travel has always been a priority for me. I love seeing new places, experiencing new cultures, and just getting away from the routines of my daily life. Even more important, my family and close friends are a pretty far-flung crowd.

Why Hard Work Isn’t Such a Good Idea

There’s an idea ingrained in many cultures that hard work is a good thing in itself. You’ll have seen this in action.

Why Do I Feel Such Intense Happiness at the Thought of This Piece of Public Art?

Assay: I have a friend who is a working artist. She told me, “When I was starting out, I made money by working as a receptionist at a gallery. When my art career advanced enough so that I could quit that job, another artist friend told me, ‘Now you’ll be working all the time.’” “What exactly does that mean?” I asked. “He meant – I have to be looking, thinking, all the time.

Wants, Needs, and the Sense of Entitlement

This is a guest post from Gail Vaz-Oxlade, the host of the popular Til Debt Do U$ Part on CNBC (Saturday nights at 10 and 10:30). Gail is a columnist for MoneySense, Chatelaine, and Zoomer Magazine and blogs daily at her website, where she also offers terrific tools people can use to dig themselves out of the hole.

Eight Minutes to Financial Success – Minute #1: Ask Yourself “Do I Need This?”

First, an explanation of this brief series. A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with an occasional Simple Dollar reader about the challenges he was having with his financial recovery.

When Ikea doesn't make a small enough cabinet

Materials: cover panel, plywoods or cabinet material, IKEA hinges, drawer track and handles Description: The problem with this space was it was too small for a regular sized IKEA lower cabinet. She really wanted the space for baking sheets and bag storage.