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Dressed for Success, the Frugal Way

Anne writes in: After searching for most of a year after getting my degree, I finally found a great job which I’m starting just after Memorial Day. The problem is that I don’t know what to wear. I don’t want to stand out as being poorly dressed but I don’t want to dump thousands into a work wardrobe.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Unitasker Wednesday: The IceBlokThe IceBlok will do the EXACT same thing as a straw, but for way more money! An alternative to parchment paperFor less that what you will spend in a year on parchment paper, you can buy two reusable Silpat silicone baking mats — and save space, too, in your pantry. Six tips to help you make a changeWhat you need to successfully make a change and become a

Reader Story: I’m Done with Debt

This guest post from Andrew J. is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

How to Make Visa Obey Your Every Desire: The Credit Card Concierge Experiment

Photo: Andres Rueda The following post is a guest post by John Hargrave, whom I met in 2007 at SXSW. If you find large-scale pranks (Super Bowl, anyone?), impersonating celebrities, and other clever mischief amusing, he’s the king of the domain.

Manvotional: To Risk

To Risk To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out is to risk involvement, To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return, To live is to risk dying, To hope is to risk despair, To try is to risk failure. But risks must be take

Snowflaking and Goals

One of my favorite personal finance tactics is “snowflaking.” For those unaware, “snowflaking” refers to the idea that if you make little frugal steps throughout the month, you simply add the amount you saved with that method and include the total as an extra payment at the end of the month.

"Natual Inclinations Are Assisted...By Education, But They Are Hadly Ever Altered or Overcome."

"Natural inclinations are assisted and reinforced by education, but they are hardly ever altered or overcome.” -- Montaigne Do you agree or disagree? I agree, and I think about this quotation all the time, usually in the context of making decisions about my children's time -- that's why, in the end, I let my daughter quit Tae Kwon Do, instead of making her stick to it.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: May 1, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

GRS Video Contest Winners

Over the past two weeks, I’ve had a chance to filter through the 57 submissions to the Get Rich Slowly video contest. Contestants made two-minute videos sharing a financial success story or a favorite money tip. Nearly every submission was interesting or amusing or insightful. You guys did awesome!

Ikea leftover's garbage can with auto open

Materials: Bolmen Garbage Can, Blanken Corner Wall Shelf, Deka Curtain Wire w/ Clips, Ikea Knob from Dresser, Grundtal Rail Ends & Rationell Variera plastic rail guide. Description: So when we moved to our new home I encountered a problem that I couldn't find a garbage can that would fit under my sink, there wasn't an auto open can small enough that could clear the pipes and such.

Meet Matthew

Matthew is the newest addition to our family, having just recently arrived in the world. He has long toes, soft skin, and a deep enjoyment of warm blankets.

I Was on the Today Show This Morning!

This morning, Ann Curry interviewed me and Dr. Ian Smith on the Today show. Very exciting! Ann Curry interviewed me back in January, when The Happiness Project first came out (here's that video). I really enjoyed doing that segment, so I was very happy to be speaking to her again -- and a lot more relaxed.

Complete Your First Book with these 9 Simple Writing Habits

Your first book isn't going to happen by itself. If writing a novel or non-fiction book is something you've dreamed of, the only way to make that dream a reality is by putting it into action -- day by day.And the best way to do that is to develop some simple habits that will make the dream a reality, one step at a time.I've learned a lot about writing habits over the years.

Elegant Engan catbox

Materials: Engan 2 drawer 2 door, catbox, motion sensitive light Description: I followed the basic instructions but skipped the part about the drawers instead opting to use one of the side panels from a drawer to join the two drawer fronts together.

Want to Feel Happier? Listen to a Favorite Song.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.