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Get Rich Slowly

By J.D. Roth

Thoughts on Abandoning the Paper Towel

We have little kids. Kids are messy. Our daughter spills milk or juice on almost a nightly basis. Our son, who’s a bit older, doesn’t make messes as often, but when he does, they tend to be even more disastrous, such as a full jar of salsa knocked off the counter and shattered all over the floor. For years, our solution to this problem has been a big roll of paper towels.

Free eBook! The Get Rich Slowly Guide to Roth IRAs

In early 2008, I put together an e-book. I collected my series of articles about the virtues of the Roth IRA, cleaned them up, added new information, and drafted a 30-page document to serve as a sort of introduction to this important retirement plan. The great folks at Web Warror Tools took my work and made a polished e-book.

"We Feel More Satisfied...If We Have Stirred Up Our Minds."

“A man does not work only for the sake of producing, but to set a value on his time.

6 Tips To Boost Your Home Business Despite A Recession

Our economy has taken a pretty hefty battering over the last year or so and this has directly impacted many home-based entrepreneurs and their businesses. When you depend on your income to feed your family there is no room for failure.The problem is that right now many clients are scrambling to save their own dollars in their own quest to survive these taxing times.

Watch Me on CBS News Talking about Quick Ways to Boost Happiness.

I can never bear to see myself on video, so I haven't watched this myself, but I had a lot of fun talking about "tried and tested ways to find happiness" on the CBS News show "Up to the Minute." I talk about the simple, everyday kinds of things that can boost happiness. Watch CBS Videos Online Sheesh.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 19, 2009

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week.

Weekend Links: Rants and Raves Edition

Kris and I are in the middle of a long weekend of food and friends. Every autumn is like this, and we love it. We’re starting earlier than normal this year, and I hope that’s a harbinger of things to come.

500 climate volunteers needed in NYC's Central Park on Sunday at 9AM!!!

The Human Countdown choreographed sculpture is the flagship event kickstarting the Climate Wake Up Call, a series of coordinated events worldwide to bring attention to the dangers faced by the world's poorest people as a result of climate change.

Need motivation? Send an invitation

One of the most fun ways to motivate yourself to unclutter your home and/or office is to invite someone to visit. Whether you decide to throw a party or just ask your cousin over for tea, it’s nice to have a reward for getting your space into shape. During the fall and winter, I often nest. Stuff comes into my house, but it’s difficult for me to get equal amounts of stuff out of it.

Never Eat Alone: Share Your Passions

This is the sixth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail.

Weekly Link Round-Up: September 19, 2009

Picks from the Art of Manliness Archives Lessons in Manliness: Theodore Roosevelt and the Spanish-American War Do More Than One Stinking Pull-Up Are the Suburbs Killing Your Manhood? General Interest Links 100 Things to Do During a Money Free Weekend (@ the simple dollar) We’re all trying to stretch our money out further these days.

9 Ways to Make Your Writing More Compelling

You don’t need to be a freelance writer to have a good reason to improve your writing skills.Whether it’s marketing copy for your client, a sales pitch to a client, or a cover letter for your resume, all of us need to write in a way that is compelling, interesting, and unique.If your cover letter is enthralling, you get the interview. If you’re persuasive, you make the sale.

Survive and Thrive: How to Transform Anxiety into Inspiration

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mary Jaksch of Goodlife Zen. Are you anxious at times? I am. Let’s face it, there’s plenty of anxiety to go around: lay-offs, relationship crises, pandemics, violence – and that’s just for starters. Actually, anxiety is a natural alarm system that keeps us safe and productive. But it can become a chronic mindset.

Nostalgia

When I was a teenager, I spent several summers helping my father with his small-scale commercial fishing business. Early in the morning, just as the sun was creeping over the horizon, we’d push a boat out on the water, heading out to raise the lines we’d put out the night before. The water was still and brightly colored with the reflection of the dawn.

The Art of Letter Writing: The Sympathy Note

Source: Life Of all the letters you will write during your life, the sympathy note is arguably the hardest to pen. It can be very difficult to find the right words, or any words really, to say. We worry about saying the wrong thing , or we feel awkward talking about such a serious matter. It’s thus often tempting not to say anything at all.