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By Brett Kelly

"Running, Blogging, Taking Risks -- and Watching 'The Devil Wears Prada.'"

I started my career as a lawyer -- I was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when I realized that I really wanted to be a writer – and I’m still very interested in lawyerly concerns. One way I stay abreast of what’s happening in the world of law -- and also keep my resolution to Stay connected to my past -- is by reading Above the Law, a substantive (a very lawyerly word) but also e

The Costs of Preparing for Additional Children

Megan writes in: Congratulations on your third child! My husband and I are expecting our second child in February. I hope you’ll write an article about how to save money when another child comes along. Your wish is my command, Megan.

Eight Tips to Know If You're Being Boring.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Eight tips for knowing if you’re boring someone. ‘Tis the season of merry-making, which means you’re probably more likely than usual to find yourself making polite and perhaps awkward chit-chat. One of the challenges of the holidays! If you have trouble talking to a stranger in those situations, here are some tips to consider.

10 Stages of Financial Freedom

0. You Earn Less than you Spend This is obviously a good place to avoid and represents the least amount of freedom.  No one should be here, but I added it because I know many people (particularly in the US) operate regularly in this stage. 1. Your Job Covers Your Expenses This is where a lot of people are.  You spend everything you make.

Skruvsta office chair makeover

Maya turns the Skruvska swivel chair into quite a stunner.    "I bought a badly-scuffed white Skruvsta office chair in the "scratch-and-dent" section of Ikea in Israel, as well as some fabric remnants. I used these remnants to recover this chair entirely, adding some extra padding to the chair cushion.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Make Your Own Coffee Pods

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. We’re going to show you how to make your own coffee pods, why rechargeable batteries may not be the better buy, and how you can pay off the IRS — even without much money.

Finding Funding

GOOD's recurring feature, Diary of a Social Venture Start-up, explores the nitty gritty of seeking funding.

Boundary Makers

"Going with the flow is a euphemism for failing" - Seth Godin

Unitasker Wednesday: USB Pet Rock

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! The wonderful people at ThinkGeek.com have brought us what can only be described as THE most amazing unitasker ever found. Not only does it waste energy and use up one of your USB ports, but it also does absolutely nothing!

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 November 2008 wrap upThese are the things that made November 2008 a great month at Unclutterer. Bedroom storageExcess storage in the bedroom can lead to expanding one’s wardrobe beyond what is needed. Too many flower vasesOver the years, my wife and I have received a fair amount of mail ordered flowers and with every order there is always a small glass vase included. Unusual storage sp

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Book Editing Edition

Right now, I’m deeply involved with the editing process for my upcoming second book. My first book was fairly easy to edit. Since it was mostly a list of ways to live cheap, the edits were either “does this way to live cheap fit in the book?” or grammatical choices. This time around, though, the editing is much more intense – and more challenging.

How to Say No to Great Opportunities

With our world being increasingly interconnected, fast-paced, & busy, we’re all presented with more demands and opportunities than ever before.

2009 Gift Giving Guide: Gifts for kids

In our seventh installment of Unclutterer’s 2009 Holiday Gift Giving Guide we’re discussing gifts for children. I’m coming to find that creating a Guide for kids is more difficult than expected. The things we want for our son now are very different than the things he’ll want when he can pen his own letter to Santa Claus.

Doubling Your Rate: A Thought Experiment

What would happen if tomorrow I forced you to double your rate? If you bill hourly, your rate just doubled. If you bid by the project, you have to bid twice as much as usual. If you sell a product on the side (Wordpress theme?), you have to double its price too. For the sake of exploration, let’s ignore the understandable backlash from existing customers.

Why I Broke Down and Joined Mint

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. I haven’t tracked our expenses since June. Not to appear completely incompetent, I do check our accounts on a regular basis to verify the charges and withdrawals.