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By Gretchen Rubin

Reader Mailbag: Charity

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. Studying versus working 2. Student credit card question 3. Dealing with extra income 4. Preparing for job review 5. Pension or Roth? 6. Living frugal versus organics 7. Which debt first? 8.

Five stress-reducing strategies for the holidays

December is one of the most stressful times of year. If you don’t watch out, you could end up crying and in a terrible mess of anxiety. Here are five things you can do now to reduce the clutter and stress at the holidays: Make a list. Whether it’s a grocery list, gift shopping list, or list of things you need to do — write it down.

Why Your Income Is So Important

A few weeks ago, I shared a monster list of ways to make more money. These weren’t cheesy chores or slimy scams, but legitimate ways a person could earn extra income if they needed. Most of the suggestions were drawn from GRS reader stories, from my friends’ lives, or from my own experience.

6 Practical Tips To Make Your Habits Stick

Are you trying to cultivate a new habit? Are you having trouble being consistent with this habit?Our habits determine our quality of life. This month I'm doing group coaching with my readers, and I was intrigued to see that many of them have goals to cultivate new habits this month.

5 Must-Read Success Lessons from Michelangelo

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer.  His work in each of these fields was absolutely ingenious. When you take into account the quantity of correspondences, sketches, and reminiscences that currently exist, Michelangelo is the best documented artist of the 16th century. Two of hi

"Why Is a Picture of Something Real Eventually More Exciting than the Thing Itself?"

"Why is a picture of something real eventually more exciting than the thing itself?" -- Jamaica Kincaid * Want a copy of my Resolutions Chart, to see what it looks like? Email me at grubin at gretchenrubin dot com. Just write “chart” in the subject line.

Review: Smart Is the New Rich

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’ll admit it – I’ve only seen the show Your $$$$$ on CNN once.

How To Improve Every Relationship You Have In Just A Few Easy Minutes

Though it might just make the world a better place a paragraph at a time, the art of letter writing is dying. The nails in the coffin are hammered an email at a time as the ink that once amplified human thought moves closer to memory (while the pixels multiply to replace them). But YOU know better. You know that in just a few minutes, you could give a boost to your inner confidence and improve th

Get Inspired

Post written by Leo Babauta. Yesterday as I walked among the mass of humanity near Union Square in downtown San Francisco, a man with a megaphone and a “Trust Jesus” sign started preaching the good word to the crowd. He was ignored of course, but what caught my attention was his radiant smile, and his evident energy and enthusiasm. Say what you want about him (he’s possibly a lit

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 2009 Gift Giving Guide: Gifts for kids In our seventh installment of Unclutterer’s 2009 Holiday Gift Giving Guide we’re discussing gifts for children. Unitasker Wednesday: USB Pet Rock The wonderful people at ThinkGeek.com have brought us what can only be described as THE most amazing unitasker ever found.

Linkswitch #46: Reputation, Marketing, Secret Santa

Google Insurance: 8 Steps to Protect Your Reputation It doesn’t take much to set off a tsunami of public relations headaches in the digital world. As the last 12 months have shown us-what with BP’s environmental disaster and a variety of online scandals-the damage that a disgruntled client or audience can do can’t be measured in income alone but can easily swell to ridiculous proportions

Reader Story: Making the Move to Semi-Retirement

This guest post from Jacq Jolie is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

Sometimes You Just Need to Laugh at Yourself

Life can be so SERIOUS. We are stressed out from the constant pressure of our jobs and the ever-lurking-threat of being unemployed. The fate of our investments and savings are at the mercy of a fickle financial industry as well as unpredictable and ever-changing laws.  How will we ever manage to save enough to put the kids through school?

Don’t Decide Until Decision Time

Ever sent an email you immediately wanted to take back? Agreed to do a project and later regretted it? Some pointers on how to avoid bad decisions.