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By Trent Hamm

Financial Balance and the 80/20 Rule

One of the most fascinating things I’ve discovered since starting The Simple Dollar is the 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto principle. Simply put, it means that 80% of the effects comes from 20% of the causes.

Have a Little Faith (Video)

About 3 years ago, a set of verses, a poem…a declaration channeled through me.It was a point of inflection. I remember being terrified to hit publish even though, honestly, there weren’t a whole lot of people reading my blog back then. Still, it made me nervous to own the fact that I was very much “in the process” in such a public way.

Wood floors using Sultan Lade slatted bed base

Materials: Sultan Lade, Wood Stain, Materials to age wood Description: This is a small 24 square foot space in my movie room. I built a small two tier deck and used some leftover sultan lade bed slats that I found in the trash. I stained the slats with various leftover stains that I have. I tried to age them using various techniques. I wanted to make sure that each slat was different.

The very very long Fauxdenza

Materials: Akurum and hardwood Description: Nice use of kitchen cupboards with a hardwood cover to make a loooong hall storage unit - found at the brick house. See more of the fauxdenza. ~ Daniel

Book review: Willpower

Choosing to become an unclutterer doesn’t take much effort. You decide you want to get rid of the distractions that get in the way of the life you desire.

The 90% Prep Work

My father in-law has been painting for decades. When my wife and I moved over the summer, he graciously helped us paint our new home. I’d never really painted a room (or house) start to finish, so this was my first exposure to how much work goes into painting that doesn’t even require a paintbrush.

Frugality and the Idea of Work

This note from Phil left me thinking. You often talk about “frugality by the hour” and mention the hourly rate for doing something frugal. Like you’ll say that you can earn $12 an hour if you make your own laundry soap. I think that’s a really poor analogy. When I’m not at work, I don’t want to spend my free time earning more money.

Granite LATT table

Materials: Granite slab, LATT table and chairs, stain Description: White and wood. Boring. Over a weekend my husband surprised me by redoing our kids table and chairs. The white part of the table had been used to eat on, play on, and climb on. It was filthy and wouldn't wash off. He took it apart and had to carve out the spot where the inserts were to make it wider for the granite.

It’s OK if You’re Not an Expert

Credit: Novic on Photodune As a freelance writer, you have probably created a niche around your expertise. Maybe it’s healthcare, knitting, or finance. And I bet you spend the majority of your time writing about things you know a lot about. But what happens when you are asked to write about a topic you’re not all that familiar with? No one expects you to be an expert on every topic.

Logic and Emotion: Why Smart Money Management Isn’t Just About Math

This is a guest post by former GRS staff writer Adam Baker of Man Vs. Debt. This week, registration opens for You vs. Debt, Baker’s six-week online class with daily videos, challenges, and accountability forums to empower your battle against debt. Eighteen months ago, I read Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath.

How to Defeat Your Inner Jerk

The inner jerk is the anti-conscience of your thought process. It is the tiny voice inside your brain that says, “you’re not good enough. You’re not pretty enough. No, you can’t do that. You’re a loser. You’ll never amount to anything.” Sometimes it makes a home inside of your brain.

5 Reasons for Freelancers to Use LinkedIn

Many of the freelancers I know stay active on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +, but they ignore one of the most powerful professional networks out there: LinkedIn. Maybe it’s because they think LinkedIn is for job-seekers. Maybe it’s because they like procrastinating by reading celebrity gossip or watching the viral video du jour on other social networks.

What Was Your Biggest Mistake & What Did You Learn From It?

Is making mistakes really all that bad? Can we demystify our fear of failure? An invitation to share your insights with the 99% community.

Unautomate Your Money

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Baker of Man Vs.

How to Make an Old-Time Radio Into an Mp3 Player Speaker

I love old-time radios. They’re sturdy and good-looking. And there’s a reason for that. Back in the day appliances were considered pieces of home furniture, so a lot of thought and care went into their design. People wanted something that not only played Glenn Miller, but that also went well with their home’s traditional decor.