Featured Blog

Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

The Noguchi Filing System

Link: The Noguchi Filing System is a way to organize the paper in your life without requiring that you categorize it. Basically, you use “pockets” to hold everything and place them vertically on a shelf. Whenever you need something from a pocket, you remove it from it’s place and place it back on the shelf as the leftmost pocket.

Model train display case

Bruce has a recipe for a model train display case. Those swanky cases may cost you $300-400 but at Ikea you can get it down pat for $30. He says, "Take one Ikea pull out drawer kit 39x2 (Code is 20106798 #12068) on sale for $20. Add 2 Tyglosa build it yourself picture frames#19 (70126044 supplier code 21443) for $5. Picture frames come with one rail grooved in, neat!!

A recycled office

The second post on today’s theme of “Wow, that is cool!” is about an amazing office that I found last week on Recyclart. This artist cut up and painted multiple damaged tables to create the most ingenious office shelving I have ever seen.

Reader Mailbag #76

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. We currently have a propane-fueled water heater. I live in AZ which has fairly reasonable electricity rates.

Lies, Damn Lies and Follower Counts. What Really Matters

There’s been a lot of focus on follower counts, friend counts, subscriber counts, viewer counts and readers as of late.

News on The Comeback Over 40

For those who’ve been following my Monday Comeback series on taking back your body when you’re over 40, a quick bit of news…I’m turning it into an ebook. Three reasons. One, as you know if you’ve read the past posts (every Monday except last week’s vacation week), these suckers are long, really long.

Frugality in Practice: Alternate Modes of Transportation

I’ve always been a car guy. It’s not that I’m mechanically inclined or that I get into the latest makes and models — neither of these is anywhere close to the truth — but that a car has always been my primary mode of transportation. When I was a boy, my family lived in rural Oregon, six miles from the nearest town.

Space-saving mobile dining table

The theme of both of today’s posts is “Wow, that is cool!” This first post is about an amazing space-saving table that I spotted last week on BoingBoing.

The Get-Started-Now Guide to Becoming Self-Employed

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. One of the best things I ever did was quit my day job and become self-employed.

Freelance Freedom #118

Wanted: Writers to Join Us in the Envato Secret Project Compound

Behind the scenes at Envato we’re currently toiling away at a brand new site in our Secret Project Compound. We can’t go into specifics right now, except to say that we’re looking for writers!

Biking as assertiveness training

Still anticipating the release of the No Impact Man book and film, I'm continuing my series of reposts of what I wrote way back in 2007 at the beginning of the No Impact Man year.By the way, the our little non-profit project is looking for musicians who might be willing to donate some music to a little video we're making.

Coca-Cola vs. Pepsi, Revised Edition

An interesting look at brand identity and consistency through a comparison of the Pepsi and Coke logos.

How to Make a Decision Like Ben Franklin

“My way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one Pro and over the other Con. Then during three or four days’ consideration, I put down under the different heads short hints of the different motives, that at different time occur to me, for or against the measure.

Wrapping Up the GRS Staff Writer Auditions

It’s been a long two weeks, but I think it’s been worthwhile. Thanks for your patience and feedback as the seven Staff Writer candidates shared their articles with you. I still think all seven are great, and wish I could bring all of them on board. It’s going to be difficult to decide whom to add as a Staff Writer.