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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

A Question of Impact

The questions lobbed across the table… What impact do you want to have? And, on whom? I sat, for a moment, like a dear in headlights. After a year packed with media interviews, I have answers for pretty much every question. Good ones. Interview-crushing, soundbite-worthy ones. But, this wasn’t an interview.

Ikea blue bag halter dress

Halloween's over but Adriana still wants to show us her Ikea shopping bag costume. And hear this, she teaches a course on Ikea! Wow. I hope I get an A on that course. Tote dress recipe: Take 1 IKEA bag Make it into a halter dress She says, "I fashioned the top of the bag and one handle as the neckline and halter for the top of the dress.

When It's Time to Destroy Debt, Start With a Goal

By Stacy Johnson Hey, let’s go for a ride! Where do you want to go? Nowhere? OK, we’ll just drive around aimlessly and hope we accidentally end up somewhere interesting. Hop in! That’s the way most people plan their lives, financial or otherwise. They may have a vague idea of a destination, like living debt-free, for example.

Home Buying (and Other Big Purchases) as an Emotional Purchase

A few months before we bought our current home, my wife and I toured literally dozens of different houses, trying to find one that was right for us. We had come up with a budget for our purchase and knew what our firm spending cap was. On one bright spring day, my wife and I were visiting three homes for sale on the same block that were all having open houses at once.

Online Calendar Management Roundup: How Do You Plan Your Days?

Calendar management software has moved in a couple different directions in the last few years, and the crowded field is filled with solutions that offer a wide range of benefits and features. The list below is a partial list that I put together top help you navigate the field.

Can a waffle iron make more than waffles?

Back in 2007, the stand-alone waffle maker was listed as one of our first Unitasker Wednesday features. To put it mildly, there was significant “disagreement” from readers with our decision to list it. I’ve always been of the opinion that a grill with multiple removable plates, of which one is a waffle maker, is the better way to go if you really enjoy making waffles at home.

The State of Freelancing: 2010

Last month, I started a Freelance Switch Forum discussion on jobs. The context for this discussion is the high unemployment in the United States and many other countries.In the U.S., there has been a lot of talk about putting people back to work. In early December, President Obama held a Jobs and Economic Growth Forum at the White House and in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

My 2009 Discretionary Spending: Bits and Pieces

Every January since I started Get Rich Slowly, I’ve done an annual round-up of my discretionary spending. That’s not going to happen this year. The numbers are hopelessly muddled by events that created under-reporting in some categories and over-reporting in others.

How to Create the Habit of Daily Meditation

Someone e-mailed me the other day with the following question, they said: “I would love to start meditating daily, but I can never seem to find the time. After I get home from work, I have dinner, one thing leads to another, and I never get to meditate; any suggestions?” I want to answer the above question in this particular article.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #14: Men to Boys and the Making of Modern Immaturity

Welcome back to the Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s episode we interview Dr. Gary Cross, author of the book Men to Boys:The Making of Modern Immaturity.

8 Unconventional Ways to De-stress and Release Tension

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jai Kai of SharingSuccess.tv. As we move through our daily routines we are often faced with obstacles and challenges which can lead to some degree of stress and anxiety. So to become more relaxed and free of tensions it is important to break away from your ordinary routine and find ways to de-stress.

Freelance Freedom #138

2 Simple Ingredients That Will Boost your Morning Energy

You have probably read that breakfast, as part of your morning routine, is extremely important to losing weight. I am not discrediting the preachers of this sentiment because not only am I one of them, but they are 100% correct. However, this is only a portion of the ritual you should begin.

Recycling bin solution

This is Glyn's second, which I think is just brilliant. Compared to his, my Effektiv cabinet with custom drawers recycling corner looks ghastly. Glyn's does take a lot of space but oh-what-joy to sort and hide the recyclables beautifully. He says, "In Germany it is required to recycle.

Trimming the Average Budget: Healthcare

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.