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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm

Double Bunk

Materials: MYDAL bunk beds x2, saw, drill, a few extra screws. Description: My son wanted bunk beds; I wanted to keep a double bed in his room so it can house guests from time to time. First thought of a Double/Single TROMSO, but it's been out of stock for months and months.

Is It Fear or Awe?

Today’s guest contributor is writer, coach and personal growth teacher, Tara Sophia Mohr. She writes Wise Living, where she also offers her Goals Guide, “Turning Your Goals Upside Down and Inside Out (To Get What You Really Want).++++ In the personal-growth world, we’ve adopted this paradigm: “It’s scary to be your real self.

Celebrating Frugal Role Models

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Saving money and controlling your spending can be hard. Really hard.

Is Your Business Tech-Oriented or People-Focused?

Advertise here with BSACredit: Roger Byrne on Photodune For many freelancers I know, social media is all-encompassing. We love to tweet about everything from our latest blog post to our favorite brand of coffee. Then there is the other group that never miss an industry workshop and seem to spend more of their time traveling than at home.

Thoreau’s Guide to Living More by Spending Less

There are lots of reasons for living a more minimalist life. By owning less you reduce your impact on the environment, you spend less, and you live more simply.For Henry David Thoreau, the reason for spending less boiled down to a simple formula.

6 Sneaky Weight-Loss Tricks

Do you want to lose a few pounds – or a few dozen? Many of us do: in fact, over 60% of Americans are overweight (and other developed nations are catching up fast). You’d think that all the diet pills, diet foods, diet books and diet plans would help.

99% Conference 2011: Illustrated Takeaways #2

Illustrated insights from this year's 99% Conference on using game dynamics to stay motivated, being intellectually adventurous, and managing clients.

Illustrated Takeaways #2: Jared Cohen, Aaron Dignan, Starlee Kine & Laura Guido-Clark

Illustrated insights from this year's 99% Conference on using game dynamics to stay motivated, being intellectually adventurous, and managing clients.

The Hidden Emergency Fund

In a small independent bank several hours from where we live sits a savings account. That account is in our names. It earns a solid interest rate but does not have an ATM card associated with it.

Lack and Vika Amon Sideboard

Materials: 4 LACK side tables, 1 VIKA AMON table top Description: The LACK side tables were assembled first and 2 of them were attached using L flat brackets to form one row. Next, they were attached to the VIKA AMON table top using eight 2.5" screws with washers. They were placed upside down to use my weight to clamp them down firmly.

Suffer...for Fifteen Minutes.

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Time. Last week’s resolution was to Re-evaluate your mantras. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

Strategies for staying motivated while uncluttering and organizing

We finally moved all of our large furniture that had been in our our old home for staging into our new home. We reached the point where living out of boxes and feeling like temporary residents in our new home had become tiresome and frustrating, so we called in movers and got the job done. Although the stuff came in on Saturday, we still aren’t finished unpacking all the boxes.

Samtid Lamp into the future

Materials: Samtid Lamp and Ordning Cutlery Stand. Electric drill and adjustable metal cutter tool, rounded metal file, heavy duty gloves, goggles and two people Description: I was searching for a replacement lamp shade for my Samtid Lamp, after the original plastic shade had warped during three years use, this was down to it being in direct sunlight.

Tuesdays Tip: Start Something

Procrastination is the first hump we have to get over to do something. Here is a trick to get over procrastination. If there is something you don’t want to work on, promise yourself to start the task and work on it for 15 minutes and then you can quit. Much of the time, once you get started you’ll find that what was really holding you back was just starting the task.

Overlooking the Free Things

This morning, I woke up and looked out my window to see the dawning sun peeking between the horizon and a cloud. Last night, I turned off all the lights in the bathroom and took a warm shower, letting the lack of light and the extra heat remind me of the wonderful feeling in every part of my body. Yesterday afternoon, I went on a long walk.