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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Seven Monthly Bills Most People Have, and Seven Ways to Reduce Each Bill

The other day, I opened my mailbox and what I found inside was painful. I found an energy bill and a mortgage statement and a phone bill and a water bill and an insurance statement and an internet bill.

Embracing “No”

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matt Moore. And a mighty fine companion piece to those who have been inspired to stop “should-ing” and follow their dream. Matt has written a bunch of awesome articles for AoM in the past, and has happily agreed to become a regular contributor on AoM. He’ll be dishing out a monthly cooking article for us.

Questions about Online Degrees

Here are some of the questions I’ve received from readers about online degrees.  Most of these were prompted by my post about getting my masters degree from Harvard’s Extension School.So would you recommend the Harvard Extension School program? ~ DanaYes.

Cat Activity Center/Sleep Center

Materials: Ikea Expedit Bookshelf, carpet scraps, sisal rope, cat beds, toys, velcro, staples Description: A while back, I saw a photo of an old bookshelf converted into sleeping compartments for cats at a cat rescue. It was old and dirty, but I thought it was brilliant. Sooo- I had the idea to buy a 4x2 Ikea Expedit bookshelf to convert into an entire Cat Activity Center.

Top 5 Freelance Jobs from the Job Board

Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance opportunities posted by potential clients and employers. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Reader Mailbag: Winter Blues

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. Helping a rock bottom friend 2. Moving around the world 3. Easing a tax burden 4. Financial wedding propriety 5. Small claims court question 6. Deeply worried about parents’ future 7. Credit report issues 8.

Meet Danielle LaPorte: The Original Fire Starter

This post is the fourth in my series introducing you to a small gathering of what I call Real Word Business and Lifestyle Mastery Guides.My goal is to help kick off the year not just with ideas and dopey resolutions that always evaporate with time, but with insights, access to real answers and the opportunity to learn from potential mentors, paradigm-shifters and serious thinkers.And, as I’v

How to Make a Woodgrain Magnetic Memo Board and Tool Storage

Materials: Spontan magnetic board, Spontan cup, Grundtal knife rack Description: An easy way to give plain IKEA office and kitchen organizers into a warm, faux bois finish. See more of the woodgrain magnetic memo board and tool storage. ~ Chris Gardner

House meetings

Every Sunday night my freshman year of college, our resident advisor would hold floor meetings.

Wheelie Dave laptop stand

Materials: Dave laptop table, 3 casters, 12 wood screws, and Mighty Putty Description: I really like my Dave laptop stand for using my laptop on my couch, but it was hard to drag across the carpet and always seemed in danger of tipping over. IKEA seems to put casters on everything else, so I was surprised that this didn't come with them too. You need 3 casters, one for each leg.

The Most Important Factor in Retirement Savings

“Wanna see something neat?” Kris asked the other night. She was holding the year-end statement from her work-based retirement plan. “Sure,” I said. “Show me the money.” She handed the statement to me. “Look at my account balance,” she said. “Look how it’s grown.

Top 7 Ways Learning Improves Confidence

It’s probably the greatest gift parents can give their children; it’s an asset that multiplies in value as the years go by; and it stands you in good stead when life throws the unexpected at you. The worth of a good education can never be estimated, simply because it means different things to different people.

Don’t Should All Over Yourself

Do you ever get the feeling you’re living a life you never wanted? That you’re just doing what other people think you should do? Maybe you’re stuck in a job you hate because you thought it was something you should do.

Living In The Moment

By Dirk de Bruin I never understood why some people would work late into the night and sleep most of their mornings away, but now that I am sitting here, at 1am, listening to the same song on repeat, I get it. When the rest of the world is asleep, there are very few distractions. There are no phone calls and no urgent tasks that need to be done at this time of the morning.