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By John Wesley

Reader Mailbag: Baseball Season

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. Inheritance concerns 2. Emergency fund size 3. Using Roth as emergency fund 4. Frugal odor elimination 5. Home warranty 6. Estimating child costs 7. Maxing out IRA contributions 8. Board games worth it? 9.

Is Entrepreneurship Right For You?

Last week, I shared an underground approach to turning ideas into products and revenue called licensing.

Pink Glittered Tovik Table and Vitamin Sushi Seat

Materials: Tovik, Vitamin, Paint, Glitter, Resin, Sherpa, Fleece, Thread Description: I wanted to fancy up my ikea work space with a little whimsy and sparkle! For the Vitamin stool I made a slipcover which looks like a sushi roll from sherpa to represent the rice with it's fabulous texture and appliqued fleece for the avacado, salmon and cucumber. The seaweed wrap is also black fleece.

Moving: Change of address notifications

Changing your address when you move can sometimes feel as exhausting as unloading a moving van full of boxes.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Cupmen Instant Noodle FigureThe Cupmen Instant Noodle Figure rests on the lip of your steeping noodles and tells you when they’re “done.” In three minutes, the plastic, heat-sensitive Cupmen Figure transforms from a little blue guy into a little white guy. When he’s all white, you know your noodles are ready to eat.

Getting The Most From Your Charitable Deductions

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. Charitable deductions can be a complex and confusing area of your tax return. Understanding what you can deduct and what you can’t deduct can be confusing. Documenting it properly adds yet another layer of difficulty.

10 Ways You Can Make Yourself Smarter

For those of you looking to up your creativity and productivity as you make yourself smarter, then this list of brain-improving activities and ideas is for you. In fact, some of you might have already tried one or two of these activities, but hopefully some others will surprise you.

JR on Art, Experimentation, and Keeping Your Freedom

According to street artist and TED Prize winner JR, art isn't about planning - it's about diving in, collaborating, experimenting, and seeing what happens.

10 Places to Meet Women Other Than a Bar or Nightclub

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joe Weber. Who: Her. What: Potentially a relationship. Where: …um… It’s that last question where most guys get stuck and end up with the cliche answer of “the bar.” The reality is very few relationships begin in bars and pubs. According to a survey by sociologist David Grazian, only 20% of adults met their most recent partner at a bar.

Review: You Majored in What?

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. I double-majored in life science and computer science. What on earth am I doing writing a blog about personal finance?

You Need To Cut Your Spending. It Sounds Painful. Now What?

You’ve realized (finally) that you’re in a precarious financial situation. You’re spending more than you earn – sometimes quite a bit more. You’ve racked up a fair amount of debt.

Zoikes. Today is the 5-Year Anniversary of My Blog.

I'm on vacation, so I'm not posting this week, but I realized with a start that I started my blog five years ago, today. I remember so well writing that first post, and the terror of hitting the button to "publish." In The Happiness Project, I set out to test-drive the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier.

Linkswitch #61: Presentations, Balanced Life, Too Much Work

22 Tips: Designing an Effective Slide Deck Presentation Every once in awhile an opportunity arises for freelancers to present their work or expertise to peers and prospective clients. Agreeing to take part is at best a fantastic chance to network, a way to exchange ideas and insights or to pick up contacts that will give you work.

Reader Story: Debt-Free College Education as a Returning Student

This guest post from Penny Saver is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. It’s a response to Crystal’s reader story about how she avoided student loans. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.