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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

How much is enough?

As part of my second set of 2010 resolutions, I’ve started going through my entire home and office playing the “I’m moving overseas!” uncluttering game. However, I’ve run into a problem because I know I’m not actually moving overseas. It’s like setting your alarm clock 10 minutes ahead — you always know it’s 10 minutes ahead.

Mogi's Extended Vehicle Protection: Is it Worth It?

By WC Porter Over the weekend I saw a Mogi commercial for the first time and was intrigued: was this really something worth taking a look at or was it just another unnecessary product looking to take advantage of customers?

Tuning In to True Wealth: Optimizing Your Freelance Business

I recently started reading The Wealthy Freelancer and the book is chock full of fabulous information and ideas.

Amazing Life Lessons You Can Learn From Albert Einstein: Part Deux

Given the great response to the article “10 Amazing Life Lessons You Can Learn From Albert Einstein,” I’ve decided to publish the other seven lessons that I originally intended to include in that article. These were cut out because I feared the article was too long.

A cute catbox . . . finally!

Krista joins the many Ikea hackers who finally found a cute solution to a messy problem. It is a more compact version of this PS litter box hack and offers a side entrance, instead of making kitty climb up through a hole in the floor of the cabinet. If you don't have much space at home, this could be it. Krista says, "So here's our solution - finally - to the litter box issue.

Fixed Expenses and Flexible Expenses: How to Budget for Both

This post is from new staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. A few months ago, my local bank and I had a falling out and my husband and I were suddenly very motivated to switch banks.

Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #19: A Conversation with Mad Men’s Rich Sommer

Rich Sommer, center, as Harry Crane on television’s Mad Men. Welcome back to the podcast! In this week’s episode we talk to actor Rich Sommer who plays ad man Harry Crane on AMC’s hit drama Mad Men.

One More Week to Submit an Entry to the Lessons in Manliness Group Writing Project

The Lessons in Manliness Group Writing Project has been going on this month, and we’ve already received a lot of great entries about some truly honorable men. And we hope to receive many more.

I See Dead People: The Importance of Understanding Your Relationships

“Ghost Stories” courtesy of Nendo/Wallpaper “I see dead people.” Do you remember the film that came from? It was the The Sixth Sense and the little boy was Haley Joel Osment. There is a good chance that you see them too. Really.

Ten Financial Mistakes I’ve Made in the Last Year

I make financial mistakes. I make a lot of them, actually. What I usually try to do when I screw up is not dwell on them. Instead, I try to identify why I made the mistake and then try to figure out how I can fix that issue. I don’t beat myself up over them – there’s no benefit in doing that. I’m human. I made a mistake. I’m going to make more in the future.

Outright.com Giving Away $2,000 to Wise Bread Readers

By Will Chen Outright, a free online bookkeeping service for the self-employed and small business owners, is giving away $2,000 to Wise Bread readers! In addition to the contest, Outright co-founder Kevin Reeth also shared some great tips on the most overlooked business deductions and most common tax mistakes later in this post (jump to interview).  But first, the contest!   Blog C

Productivity – What is it?

What is productivity? Productivity is simply the amount of output you get per unit of input. It is a way to compare the cost of something to its benefit.  So if you have an input of 5 and output of 5, your productivity is lower than something with an input of 5 and an output of 10. Productivity is kind of like the miles per gallon on your car.

Best of Personal Finance: How to Sell Your Car on Craigslist

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we share killer tips for selling your car on Craigslist, how to make your own yummy goldfish crackers, and a cool new purpose for brag books! Top 5 Articles How to Sell Your Car On Craigslist — Super useful tips are plentiful in this piece. The same principles could almost be used to sell anything!

Kindle software available for Mac users

I know that not everyone is on board with reading electronic books as a way to control over-flowing bookshelves, but if you are, you might be happy to know that Kindle software is now available for Mac. Just like it is on the iPhone, the software is free to download. It provides easy access to Amazon’s more than 450,000 digital books.

“Happiness is a Choice.” True or False? Plus the Weekly video.

People often tell me is that “Happiness is a choice.” They say this with such emphasis, and such conviction, that I can tell that this is a very meaningful insight for them; it’s also one of the most widespread observations about happiness. I understand what this means. But for me – and I’m just speaking for myself – it’s very hard to put that observation into practice.