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Reader Mailbag: Book Suggestions

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. Investing in tax liens 2. How much for housing? 3. Stuck in a rut 4. Choosing an investment house 5. Turning the economy around 6. Investing for youths 7. Reactivating old card 8. Auto loan credit question 9.

5 Free Ways to De-Stress

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. I’ve started to notice something about my spending habits, and maybe you can relate. When I’m sad, stressed, or emotional, I often justify expenses by telling myself “I deserve it.” Before I wised up financially, my self-rewards were expensive. Spa services, new clothes, beauty products I didn’t want or need.

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Anton Beech/Birch Veneer takes a walk on the wild side...

Materials: Anton, high gloss paint, d-c-fix Self Adhesive Vinyl Description: Practical but UGH-LY hand-me-down cabinet with a huge old grease stain on top. No way this was gonna stand next to my Expedits in my home office/livingroom looking like that! Fast and easy fix.

Whose Goals Are You Really Chasing?

Do you have a big goal for the next year – or perhaps a three-year or five-year plan?

How To Make Exercise a Great Part of Your Life

Are you exercising enough? For most people, the answer to that question is “no” – especially at this time of year, during the holidays. Exercise might not feel like your top priority right now. But keeping active is crucial for good physical and mental health. Even if you don’t need to lose weight, exercise is important.

Lessons in Manliness from Dante

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Andrew Ratelle. “I see man’s mind cannot be satisfied unless it be illumined by that truth beyond which there exists no other truth.” - Paradiso IV.124-126. Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Thinker, is probably the single most well-known depiction of the poet Dante.

A Quick-Start Guide to Teaching Yourself Creative Software

Growing as a creative often means learning new software. But how to go about it? We break down the best tutorial resources, and some quick tips on getting started.  

Bonus for my tire

Materials: Bonus (1 spoon) Description: A Bonus spoon as a tire lever ~ MacFlo

Two Fjellse Twin Beds into a Trundle

Materials: 2 Fjellse twin beds, 2 sultan lade slats, 2 tag handles, 4 felt furniture sliders,2 twin mattresses, wood screws, drill, saw, screwdriver Description: Our office/music studio needed a place to relax and space for guests. An upholstered day bed plus trundle is the perfect solution! 1. Assemble the headboards and drill new holes for the bed rails about 4" above current holes. 2.

Developing Self-Control and Perseverance

Laurie writes in: My main observation though is the constant path of self control and perseverance you seem to follow. I commend you highly for being able to do this.

Laundry folding station out of a dishwasher cabinet

Materials: Varde dishwasher cabinet & Pragel countertop Description: I needed a countertop for my kitchen and found it on a Varde dishwasher cabinet. I decided to repurpose the remainder of the cabinet to use as a laundry folding station. I assembled per the instructions minus the countertop and the wood piece in front. I then put it in place and screwed on a Pragel countertop.

LifeRemix Announcements

Productivity501 is a member of LifeRemix–a network of bloggers who are all focused on enriching people’s lives in one way or another. Everyone has been pretty busy writing books, starting podcasts, and creating courses.

Unitasker Wednesday: The brie baker

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Kitchen gadgets are such easy targets for unitasker selections that I almost feel like I’m cheating when I choose one to feature. This week’s selection was so outrageous, though, that I had to run it.

The AP is Changing the Way Their Reporters Use Twitter

The Associated Press has recently forbade its writers from expressing their opinions on Twitter, including implied opinions in retweeting posts by others. This has caused a bit of an uproar. Many journalists and other media-industry observers on Twitter responded to the AP’s edict with scorn and derision, as detailed in a Storify roundup of some reactions.