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Zen Habits Declutters Its Ads

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. You might or might not have noticed recently that Zen Habits has become much less cluttered, especially in the sidebar. I decided to start practicing the minimalism I preach.

Another path to recovery: higher incomes

By Philip Brewer Preventing a collapse of the financial system is part of preventing a depression. However, the shorthand term for this--getting the banks able and willing to lend--is misleading. There are plenty of banks that can lend.

My 25 Favorite Personal Finance, Career, and Personal Development Blogs

Collin writes in: What personal finance blogs do you read? You can actually find the answer to this question on any page of The Simple Dollar. If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see a section in the lower right entitled “Blogs I Read.” Under that heading is a list of twenty five blogs that I keep pretty close tabs on - I visit all of them most days.

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 7: Home Gardening

Kris and I are avid gardeners. A home garden is a great way to grow tasty food while saving a bit of cash, and that’s the subject we plan to address in this week’s seventh episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. You can catch it live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern) every Monday.

The Movie "Twilight" Inspires Me to Do A Better Job with Some of My Resolutions.

Following my resolution to Enter into other people’s interests, last week I watched the movie Twilight with my older daughter. This wasn’t a sacrifice for me; I love Stephanie Meyer's books (oh, how I love children’s literature), so I was curious to see the movie.

Personal Productivity from Management Theory - Maslow

This is the second of a four part series examining how management theory can be applied to help improve one’s personal productivity. Abraham Maslow lived from 1908 to 1970.  He started studying Law in New York, but soon transferred to University of Wisconsin where he switched to psychology and earned a Ph.D by 1934.

Fliso's new breezy look

Hälsningar Barbro from Uppsala Sweden gives the Flisö parasol a breezy new fabric. Great for the summer, when you'll want something more cheery than the Fliso's original black or red. "I just took the old fabric away and made a new one in the same size.  5 meters of the new fabric. There are some plastic holders in the corners. I reused them. About an hour's work."

Barnes and Noble now selling audio books online

Barnes and Noble has announced that it is jumping into the online audio book market with its launch of Barnes and Noble Audiobooks.

Reader Mailbag #61

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags.

Use Time Wisely to Change Your Life

Time. I am writing this as I'm listening to a time management lecture by Randy Pausch, the guy who essentially wrote, "The Last Lecture" (Jeff Zaslow really wrote it, but it was based on the lecture by Randy Pausch). Great book... I definitely recommend it. Anyways, time. Time is ticking by right now. Sometimes it goes by so fast and sometimes it feels so slow.

The New Age of Thrift

Over the past few months, the mainstream media has been filled with stories about the New Frugals and the return to thrift. People who once lived beyond their means, financing their lifestyle with debt, have “found religion”. They’ve begun to embrace frugality, and have discovered the joy that can come through spending less. The new age of thrift

What’s in your office?

When you imagine a CEO’s office, you probably think of a wood desk, an ornately framed print of a stale landscape, a couple diplomas on the wall, a bookshelf of leather bound classics, a large window with a decent view, and everything well organized with no clutter anywhere. I could probably create a coffee table book filled with thousands of examples of this exact office.

Freelance Freedom #103

Freelance Radio, Episode 31: Long-Term Clients

The thirty-first episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, the panel (John Brougher, Dickie Adams, Kristen Fischer and Von Glitschka) talks about long-term clients. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section. We hope you enjoy it!

Budgeting Hack: Gift Calendars

By Nora Dunn I do it all the time. I figure I’m right on track with my budget. I’m so proud of my budgeting prowess. Until…my friend’s birthday comes and goes. Then an anniversary, Mother’s Day, a few more birthdays, more holidays yet, and of course – the ever-present Christmas.