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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

How I Invest My Money

Earlier this month, I shared a new financial framework I’ve been developing, one that stresses earning, spending, and saving as the building blocks of personal finance. Two weeks ago, I elaborated by sharing how I make money. Last week, I turned to the other half of the basic personal-finance equation: I shared how I spend money.

Why I Prefer Living Rural

This past weekend, my family travelled to visit several members of our extended families. The are we travelled to was decidedly rural. Statistically, it’s a below-average income county in a below-average income state. I know a lot of people near where we live who couldn’t imagine living in such an area. They complain about the educational level of the people there.

Island Getaway

Materials: Any Ikea Base Cabinet, Ikea Perfekt End Base Unit, Ikea Capita Legs, Any Ikea Wood Butcher Block Countertop (Lagan, Varde, Numerar), Wainscoting Panels Description: Okay, maybe not, but with the money I saved on my kitchen island, I probably could have taken a nice little vacation. I turned an Ikea base cabinet into an island for my kitchen.

Jump-Start Your Career With a Personal Business Model

This post previously appeared on Get Rich Slowly in a slightly different form. Work life. The business world. So often, jobs and the businesses that provide them are framed as an opposition of sorts — as adversaries compelling us to be someone other than ourselves.

Turn an Ikea Poster into Canvas Art

Materials: Poster of NY, Mod Podge, Blank Canvas, Sponge Brush Description: I am having the hardest time finding art for my house. I just can't find what I like!! However, I did find this poster at Ikea for about $10. I am not crazy about poster frames or glass frames in general for art, so I turned this poster into a hanging canvas. Click to read more>>

Shortened pot rack

Materials: Bygel rails, Grundtal hooks, pine planks, L brackets Description: For 10 years, my Grundtal wall shelf served me well, holding all my pots and pans within easy reach while cooking. When my husband and I downsized to a much smaller apartment (and kitchen!), I realized that there was no place for it.

Hopen and Micke decoupage restyling

Materials: Hopen wardrobe, two little Micke desks Description: Hi! I'm an architect and I love interior design and IKEA furniture. Sometimes I use to modify and personalize furniture by Ikea to adapt them to my projects... Here you can give a look at one of my last works, the restyling of a children room.

Reader Mailbag: Easter Eggs

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. Same ideas, different life 2. Credit card switch worries 3. Extreme Couponing 4. Take-home pay concerns 5. Hunting for mushrooms? 6. A big mess 7. Blogging jobs 8. Confusing frugality with cheapness 9.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 4, April

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.

Breaking Free From Consumerist Chains

‘Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends…. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.’ ~Henry David Thoreau Post written by Leo Babauta. We are not consumers.

Curbing distractions when you work in an open office

Similar to the open classroom trend in the 1970s, open offices became a popular layout design in the 1990s and continuing to today for businesses wanting to increase collaboration, break down hierarchical barriers, and save on overhead (cubical and permanent walls are more expensive than no walls).

Rebalancing in Real Life, Part II: Research and Development

Last week, I mentioned that I’ve begun the process of rebalancing my investment portfolio. When I opened my accounts with Fidelity Investments in 2009, I chose an asset allocation (though I can’t remember why).

Freelance Freedom #204: Email Problem

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3 Power Tricks To Supercharge Your Day With Gratitude

Why is it so hard for you to say, “thank you” to you, when you say thank you to complete strangers every day (or at least I hope you do). If someone holds the door, or even when a waiter brings you the check asking you for money, you say “thank you”. Heck many times you take the time to give lip service to be polite, but at least you say it, right? So if it’s

16 Great Tips That'll Add More Hours To Your Day

Everyday it seems that one of my friends is whining about how tied up he is in his work and household chores, and how he wished he had more than 24 hours to accomplish things. As if they were placed on Earth with some lesser amount of time than the rest of us. Don't get me wrong, I have time management issues too.