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By Brett Kelly

Why I'm Sometimes Tempted to Fight My New Passion--And Why I'm Embracing It, Instead.

Assay: For the last month or so, I’ve been possessed with a passionate interest in the sense of smell.

Arming Yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shotgun

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor. As a Survival and Preparedness instructor, I take my line of work very seriously–sometimes too seriously.  Occasionally, though, I like to take on survival projects that are just downright fun.  This article highlights one of those projects. I’m fortunate in that I’ve been able to turn my passion into my

Does Groupon Beat Frugality?

A few weeks ago, I put out a call on Twitter and on Facebook for detailed posts that people would like to see. I got enough great responses that I’m going to fill the entire month of July – one post per day – addressing these ideas. On Facebook, Kimberly asked about “Online daily deals (groupon, living social, restaurant.com) vs. Being frugal and saving all your pennies.

The Intersection of Fit and Fun

Post written by Leo Babauta. Many people don’t exercise or eat healthy because they think it’s hard or takes discipline. They’re missing out on a lot of fun. If you do it the wrong way, exercise is difficult and boring and too much work. If you do it the wrong way, eating healthy takes too much discipline.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 2, July

Advertise here with BSA 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.

Transitioning back to reality after vacation

Returning home and back to work after a vacation usually feels like a punishment for temporarily ignoring your responsibilities. There is a mound of laundry to do, a heap of emails and regular mail to process, and a small crisis that must immediately be attended to and which could have been completely avoided had you not left town.

Reader Mailbag: Podcasts and Writing

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. Handling expensive schooling 2. Handling a closed credit account 3. Lowering high housing costs 4. Investing while in college 5. Solid credit, no credit cards 6. Planning for after debt elimination 7.

Freelance Freedom #215: Family Design

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The Next Step: Preparing for Change

For years, I wallowed in debt. I had no fiscal discipline. I used credit to buy what I wanted, when I wanted. My money skills were abysmal, and my life was in financial ruin. In 2004, I decided to turn things around. I started teaching myself about personal finance. I attacked my debt with vigor. I learned about saving and investing and frugality and thrift.

Yes, It’s You: The Importance of Discovering Your True Self

One way most of us become aware of behaviors we don’t want for ourselves is by recognizing them in others. It’s a natural thing to do and we can learn a lot from the process.

Can't Start, Won't Start: Tricks for Overcoming Procrastination

Are you known to clean the bathroom or reorganize your record collection when you really should be working on a big assignment? Tips on combating procrastination.

Be Clutch, Don’t Choke: How to Thrive in High Pressure Situations (Part II)

It’s the 2005-2006 NFL Playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts have battled it out for four quarters.  The Colts are down 21-18, and there are 18 seconds left in the game. The Colts’ kicker, Mike Vanderjagt, steps up to nail a 46-yard kick that can tie the game and send it into overtime.

Joplin After Tornado

A few weeks ago my wife and I went to Joplin to help with the cleanup.  The the pictures and videos you see don’t really convey the level of devastation.  Last I heard there were around 150 people who died.

Review: Difficult Conversations

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One of the most frequent issues that I’m asked about is how exactly to start a conversation about a delicate money topic with family members or friends.

There are NO conservative customers

First I apologize that it took so long since the last article. After relaxing for quite some months I've recently been super busy helping companies to innovate and at the same time kickstart my own software business.Many of the companies I work with are software vendors that see their world is changing and are searching the right path forward.