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Unitasker Wednesday: Tie-Not

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I have many super powers (e.g. I can grab poison ivy with my bare hands and not have a reaction), but my kryptonite are balloons. For starters, I’m allergic to latex, so touching them causes me to break out in a rash.

"Yes You Can Fail, But If You Don't Try You Will Never Know."

Happiness interview: Monica Rich Kosann. I've been thinking a lot about the role of the idea of "home" to happiness, and so I was interested to read Monica Rich Kosann's book, Living with What You Love: Decorating with Family Photos, Cherished Heirlooms, and Collectibles.

5 Reasons for the Joy of Craft, or, Why Is Computer Programming Fun?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: Five reasons for the joys of craft, or, Why is programming fun? I recently read (sort of) Frederick Brooks's The Mythical Man-Month. As I understand it, this book is a cult classic, and I was very curious to read it.

Double decker half height Billys with a right angled

Materials: 4 steel plates, 4 right angle plates, a few screws and screwdriverDescription: The book collection grew beyond the half height Billy bookshelf, then beyond two, then at four Billys it just started getting awkward. I originally doubled these up without any hardware, but after moving to SF and not knowing what an earthquake was like, I had to make it a little more robust. 1.

Strength, Flexibility and Will

When we look at enhancing performance in all aspects of life, we tend to focus most on building strength.In athletics, we lift weights, push ourselves to get stronger, faster, better at our chosen event.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Airplane Reading Edition

I had two books set aside for airplane reading for a recent trip. It seemed like a good idea. Flying in an airplane is boring, right? Try flying with three young children. Very little reading happened. How to Buy a Mattress A family member of mine once said that the only two things you shouldn’t skimp on are your mattress and your shoes. You rely on these things so much for comfort.

IKEA cart re-make

Materials: BEKVAMDescription: This cart was posted on my website as well as featured on numerous other decorating blogs as well as The Kitchen online magazine. The cart was painted and the top refinished. French stamps and hand-painting was added to the top as well as embellishments and nail heads.See more of the Bekvam remake. ~ Susan, NY

What, Turn Down a Job?

Advertise here with BSACredit: Lucas Cobb on Flickr Recently I parted ways with a long time client.  It was an agonizing decision: my contact person had always been wonderful to work with.  The projects I worked on were always right up my alley.  So why did I ditch this seemingly perfect client?  Their payment came from a third party, and typically took up to a year to arrive.

Drama in Real Life: A Place for Mom

In my ideal world, you’d now be reading an article about the freelancing or entrepreneurship or extreme couponing or one of the half dozen other topics I’ve started to write about. In my ideal world, I’d go to the gym this morning, and then to Spanish lessons this afternoon. In my ideal world, Kris and I would go see the Portland Timbers play this evening.

How to Say “No” to New Commitments

Have you ever taken something on because you felt like you should – only to regret it? Most of us have way too many commitments, and you’re probably no exception.

Spare Change: Help a Reporter Edition

As I do from time to time, I’ve agreed to help a reporter who is working on a couple of stories. To that end, I’m looking for a reader (or two — or more) who would be willing to chat with somebody about one of the following topics: Are you “liquidity constrained”? No savings and too much debt?

Happiness Booster: Time Time for Projects.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Creativity, and last week’s resolution was to Force yourself to wander. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

A Young Man’s Guide to Understanding Retirement Accounts: The 401(k)

Chicks dig a man with an awesome retirement account. If you’re a young man, you’re probably not giving much thought to retirement right now. It’s understandable. It’s hard to plan and think about something that’s 40 years away (maybe many more–the traditional idea of retirement will likely undergo a lot of changes in the next several decades).

Beware of the Linen Cocktail Napkin

Beware of the Linen Cocktail Napkin is a brilliant post by Gretchen over at the Happiness Project. It talks about how we often by things because of who we want to be instead of who we actually are.

The One Factor That Matters

Each and every day here on The Simple Dollar, I write about personal finance tactics (or information somehow related to that general idea). I talk about my own experiences. I share information that I’ve discovered. I review books. I answer questions from readers about their finances. All of these articles are worthwhile reads (well, at least I think they are).