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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm

“Beyond” Frugality

A few days ago, someone made the interesting comment that they’re “beyond frugality” in their personal finance journey. When I asked her what she meant by that, she made several comments along the lines of “focusing more on improving income” and “optimal use of time.” That phrase, “beyond frugality,” stuck in my head for the last few days.

Spare Change: Miscellaneous Flotch Edition

When I was in high school, my friend Sparky and I invented a new word: “flotch”. To us, flotch was just miscellaneous baggage, whether or physical or mental. In GRS parlance, it was Stuff.

Light in Malm bed

Materials: Malm king size bed, 2 lamps (as normally used in kitchens), screws, wire and switch Description: We had a baby and since we have to feed him at night we decided some "soft lighting" was needed in the bedroom. The idea was to install 2 lamps, as the ones normally used in kitchens under the bed structure with 2 screws per lamp. The wires go to a switch screwed in the back of the bed.

Crochet Grono Lamp

Materials: Grono lamp, cotton yarn, crochet needle Description: I just love my lamp even more now... it's very easy to do if you can crochet. It's based on this pattern. ~ Ólöf Lilja Eyþórsdóttir, Iceland

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 4, March

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Expedit Wine Rack

Materials: Any expedit, spare expedit shelves (or just any other wooden shelves), saw, paint Description: As I wanted a wine rack, but had no place left to put one, my eye turned to the Expedit I had in use as a room divider. Noticing how it might accommodate four bottles in a # design, I set out to make an Expedit style wine rack.

Reader Mailbag: Baseball Season

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Inheritance concerns 2. Emergency fund size 3. Using Roth as emergency fund 4. Frugal odor elimination 5. Home warranty 6. Estimating child costs 7. Maxing out IRA contributions 8. Board games worth it? 9.

Is Entrepreneurship Right For You?

Last week, I shared an underground approach to turning ideas into products and revenue called licensing.

Pink Glittered Tovik Table and Vitamin Sushi Seat

Materials: Tovik, Vitamin, Paint, Glitter, Resin, Sherpa, Fleece, Thread Description: I wanted to fancy up my ikea work space with a little whimsy and sparkle! For the Vitamin stool I made a slipcover which looks like a sushi roll from sherpa to represent the rice with it's fabulous texture and appliqued fleece for the avacado, salmon and cucumber. The seaweed wrap is also black fleece.

Moving: Change of address notifications

Changing your address when you move can sometimes feel as exhausting as unloading a moving van full of boxes.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Cupmen Instant Noodle FigureThe Cupmen Instant Noodle Figure rests on the lip of your steeping noodles and tells you when they’re “done.” In three minutes, the plastic, heat-sensitive Cupmen Figure transforms from a little blue guy into a little white guy. When he’s all white, you know your noodles are ready to eat.

Getting The Most From Your Charitable Deductions

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Charitable deductions can be a complex and confusing area of your tax return. Understanding what you can deduct and what you can’t deduct can be confusing. Documenting it properly adds yet another layer of difficulty.

10 Ways You Can Make Yourself Smarter

For those of you looking to up your creativity and productivity as you make yourself smarter, then this list of brain-improving activities and ideas is for you. In fact, some of you might have already tried one or two of these activities, but hopefully some others will surprise you.

JR on Art, Experimentation, and Keeping Your Freedom

According to street artist and TED Prize winner JR, art isn't about planning - it's about diving in, collaborating, experimenting, and seeing what happens.