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By Jay White

Frugality and the Long-Distance Relationship

This is a guest post from Kelly M., who writes about long-distance relationships at Long-Distance Life. Long-distance relationships can be exciting, challenging, fulfilling, and all sorts of other adjectives…but “frugal” rarely makes the list.

How To Stay Motivated When You Hate Your Job

Let's be honest, work for the most part, sucks. Even if you are part of the 20% of Americans who actually truly enjoy what they are doing, chances are likely that you would rather be doing something else.Job satisfaction rates are horrendous and one of the reasons is that people are slowly starting to realize that there is a better way to live.

Skipping the Latte Could Cost You: Why Cutting Back Can Sometimes Cost You More

I’ve been dropping into my favorite coffee shop for years. Then, amid the buzz over the economy and what a waste of money my lattes were, I stopped.

Checking In from Africa

Greetings from Zimbabwe. Kris and I are ensconced at the Victoria Falls Hotel, a gorgeous and ridiculously colonial lodge located minutes from the edge of the largest waterfall in the world.

Why You Should Be Optimizing

You're not truly capitalizing on your success unless you're optimizing it. A look at how ongoing, incremental tweaks help good projects become GREAT.

Review: Getting More

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. One aspect of getting a good deal that I do not enjoy is the negotiation process. I’ve gotten over my unwillingness to negotiate at all.

5 Keys to Finding Love

Photo by aeschleah By Leigh Harris Lessons in finding love can hurt and they can be a steep learning curve. Sometimes I wish I had more answers, sooner, especially when it came to discovering the source of true love. In my late teens and early 20’s, I thought I knew love, but was far from it. In a quest to finding love, I would always try too hard to make the relationship work.

Please support my OpEd in the Daily News and bring more bike lanes to NYC!

Please share this note widely with all your friends and ask them to go to this is an article by me in the Daily News (http://nydn.us/dOW8rH) and leave their comments. Better yet, if you are a New Yorker, please write a letter to the News editor (directions below). Bike lanes, as you know, make people healthier, neighborhoods nicer and the planet happier.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unclutterer history and services We have had a wonderful bump in traffic recently, and we thought it might be a good idea to talk about our history and all that we do here at Unclutterer. Putting Unclutter Your Life in One Week to the test Photographer Tasra Dawson put Unclutter Your Life in One Week through the ringer to see if she could clear the clutter and organize her life in seven days

My Story

Many readers of The Simple Dollar have come here over the years to get ideas on personal finance, improving their life, improving their career, and improving their use of money. Although many of the articles heavily include details from my own life, I don’t really have a great full summary on why I write The Simple Dollar. How am I qualified to write such a site? Where did I come from?

"A Sensible Man Will Remember that the Eyes May be Confused in Two Ways...[and] the Same Thing Happens to the Soul."

“A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways -- by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul.” -- Plato * TV Tropes is one of the most thought-provoking and irresistible sites out there. * Volunteer to become a Super Fan, and from time to time, I’ll ask for your help.

Linkswitch #56: Web apps, writing, and marketing

5 Things You Never Want to Hear Your Client Say You know what you call a client that knows exactly what they want, does not require revisions, always pays you on time and loves colored eggs? You call them the Easter Bunny because they do not exist. In a perfect world all client relationships would go this smoothly. Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect world.

Reader Story: Mistakes and Milestones, and Lessons Learned Along the Way

This guest post from Jen Bevel 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. In just a few short months, I will be — gasp!

Some Thoughts on Haircuts and Frugality

This past week, I was fairly irked by a tweet by a high-profile Twitter denizen that basically said “you’re a loser if you’ve ever cut your own hair.” Simply put, it’s another perpetuation of the idea that somehow frugality is uncool. So, let’s start out with a confession. Hi. My name is Trent. I have a wife and three children. I live a pretty normal life.