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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

Does Your Energy Company Pay You for Efficiency Upgrades?

Earlier this week (just before the large blizzard hit central Iowa), our furnace went out. I took a look and couldn’t diagnose the problem myself, so we called a repairman (ouch).

Weekly Round-Up: December 11, 2009

Boy, we’ve got a lot going on here on AoM! Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know! Book Signing in Tulsa, OK Kate and I will be signing copies of our book, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man, at the Borders Bookstore at 81rst and Yale from 2-4. If you live in Northeastern Oklahoma, come and see us!

Don’t Let Irregular Expenses Wreck Your Budget (or Drain Your Emergency Fund)

Right before our Thanksgiving trip to Big Bend National Park, the AC went out on our vehicle. $600 later, we had a functioning AC. Bummer, right? What a way to start a camping trip.  The good news was that we had the funds set aside for that specific reason—auto repairs.

Don’t Try to Keep That Resolution -- Part II.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Most of Us Have Never Experienced a True Economic Meltdown

My grandfather and grandmother came of age during the Great Depression. They both passed away when I was a young child (not all that much older than my own son now), but many of my memories of them revolved around their extreme frugality. They would buy bottles of the most inexpensive wine they could buy, drink it slowly, then fill it with water to get those last drops of flavor.

5 Foods To Remember For Better Memory

Written by Vincent Kovar The art of memory, or Ars Memorativa in the Latin, has fascinated us since…well, I can’t quite remember. From the ancient Greeks to early Christian monks, scholars have employed a number of mental techniques in training their minds to keep track of the burgeoning field of human knowledge. Nowadays however, there seem to be so many more things to keep track of.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: Things You Should and Shouldn’t Buy at Walmart

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.

Ask Unclutterer: Drowning in clutter

Reader Miriam submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I’m overwhelmed by everything at work and at home. Have you ever gone swimming in the ocean and you look back at the shore and realize you went farther than you meant to go? The shore is sanity and I’m no where near it. There is clutter everywhere and my kids, my husband, and my colleagues at work don’t appear to see it.

Finding the Perfect Gift Without Spending Too Much

As I write this, I’ve spent about five hours online hunting down “perfect” gifts for various people on our Christmas shopping list. In almost every case, I wound up spending less than our target dollar amount on our list.

How to Finish Something Hard

By Sarah Winfrey Sometimes, life is just hard. None of us want to hear it, but there it is, plain and simple. And during the holiday season, it can be especially hard to deal with difficult things because we feel like we should be so happy. Different people respond to this fact in different ways. Some people give up because they feel discouraged, hopeless, and depressed.

Old Ektorp cushion slipcover to a dog bed

No hacking here, but if you have a doggie, you may appreciate the tip. And yeah, I couldn't resist posting up the pic of Molly's cute dog, Colonel Mustard. Molly shares, "After 5 years of heavy use, my Ektorp Lindalen sofabed slipcover needed to be replaced. I sprung for a new one when I bought my house, but had the old one left over and didn't know what to do with it.

Linkswitch #17

How to Stop Being a Workaholic Let’s start by saying that there’s nothing inherently wrong with work — it can be fun, exciting, fulfilling, rewarding. I love my work in a way I never did for most of my life, until a few years ago, and work is one thing I live for, that I jump out of bed each morning to do.

Workspace of the Week: Just enough

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Jóhannes’s experiment in “forced-minimalism”: When Jóhannes lost the use of his MacBook Pro, he decided to simplify his workspace and just use his backup computer, a first-generation 15″ G4 iMac running software that many people would consider to be a few generations behind the curve.

Narrow and Deep?

Seems, we have a general process that crosses every type of relationship… We start out wide and shallow, talking superficially about a broad range of topics. Grazing to see if there are any hidden patches of sweetness to be stumbled upon. Searching. Yearning. For a moment, a window of deeper connection. A shared hobby, interest, topic, quest, worldview.

Suze Orman Jumps Aboard the “Pay With Cash” Bandwagon

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker recently listed the Top 10 Money Movies of the Decade. For years now, Dave Ramsey has recommended ditching credit cards and paying with cash.