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Reader Mailbag: Christmas Rush

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. Clearing off old debts 2. Life insurance and suicide 3. Handling three child seats 4. Various health insurance plans 5. Credit card roulette 6. Understanding employer matching 7.

How to Avoid Sneaky Airline Fees

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Last Friday I arrived home from New York City after a week of Broadway, museums, twinkling holiday lights, and more cannoli than any one person should consume.

Start Thinking NOW About How You Will Rock 2011!

It’s a little scary for me to think that there are a mere 3 weeks left in 2010. One question: Where did the year go? January 1st seems to sneak up on us every year, and every year we madly try to figure out what our resolutions will be and what we’re going to accomplish in the coming year. Wouldn’t it be nice to just hit the ground running? You can!

A Generation of Men Raised by Women

“We’re a generation of men raised by women. I’m wondering if another woman is really the answer we need.” This comment, made by the Tyler Durden character in the movie Fight Club, is one of the most memorable lines of that film and has oft been repeated and discussed.

Why Leaders Should Take A Break From Talking

You needn’t talk all the time just because you’ve got wonderful things to say. We break down the oft-overlooked benefits of leading by listening.

"Happiness Does Not Consist in Things Themselves But in the Relish We Have of Them."

“Happiness does not consist in things themselves but in the relish we have of them; and a man has attained it when he enjoys what he loves and desires himself, and not what other people think lovely and desirable.” -- La Rochefoucauld Along the same lines, one of my Secrets of Adulthood: Just because something is fun for someone else doesn't mean that it's fun for you -- and vice versa. *

Review: Hot (Broke) Messes

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the best parts about writing The Simple Dollar is the opportunity I have to hear from people who have turned their life around due to better financial choices.

The Great Pyramid of Khufu and The Greatest Secret of Achievement!

Entering the Great Pyramid of Khufu—the most magnificent and only remaining monument of the seven wonders of the world—was a strange and wonderful experience, and one of the major transformational points in my life. The journey inside the pyramid is divided into three parts. Come along with me… First I go through a very narrow passageway that angles up between huge stone blocks.

6 Simple Ways To Live Like No One’s Watching (#4 is FUN!)

Are you guilty of letting other people’s moods directly impact how YOU feel? Are the rules you live by your own? When do you feel best about yourself? What makes you feel loved or happy? Does it take a sunny vacation day on the beach for you to feel great? Take control of your life.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Extreme minimalist livingVoluntarily living in less than 175 square feet permanently is a skill. It is not a skill I possess or necessarily wish to possess, but I have a respect for the people who do. They find a way to do without traditional conveniences of a home. They sacrifice a great deal of comfort to pursue whatever it is that matters to them more.

Out With The Old, In With The New: Set Up a Truly Useful Calendar

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 12. Set up a truly useful calendar. For the longest time, I used a tiny pocket planner to keep track of my appointments.

Linkswitch #47: Personal Mission Statement, Happiness, Late Payments

“Sometimes You Have To Work Through Pain To Get To Happiness.” Through a group of great writers that I’ve gotten to know, I “met” (virtually) Theo Pauline Nestor. I immediately wanted to read her book, How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed, because it’s a memoir of divorce — and one of my happiness-project resolutions is to Read memoirs of catastrophe.

Reader Story: My Year Without Clothes Shopping

This guest post from Jill Chivers 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. Hi. My name is Jill, and I’m a recovering shopaholic.

Sir, Please Put the Phone Down. 5 Tips to Free You From The Shackles of your Phone

Are you similar to many other people and a little too attached to your cellphone? Does it seem only appropriate that when your cellphone rings you should answer it the vast majority of the time regardless of who you are with or what you are doing? Are there Twitter or Facebook alerts popping up every three seconds?