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Why the Affordable Home Really Isn't

By Julie Rains I've taken a look at home affordability calculators that are available from many reputable sites offering personal finance advice. "Affordability" is based on bank lending guidelines rather than real-life budgets. I'll show you a simple formula to help you determine what is truly affordable.

An author’s minimalist home of the future

In 1952, Popular Mechanics magazine ran an article about science fiction author Robert Heinlein’s then-new 1,150-square-foot minimalist home. Titled “A House To Make Life Easy,” the article written by Thomas E.

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Is Your Email Address Losing You Clients?

Furniture and Scambags: Adventures on Craigslist

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. I’ve already told you how the wife and I weed out our closets every summer and have a yard sale with the results.

Vincent van Gogh - The Letters

"I risk my life for my own work." Browse all 902 of Vincent Van Gogh's letters.

On the Forums: realistic to-do lists, jewelry display, and kitchen essentials

Some great new discussions are underway on the new Unclutterer Forums: Making Realistic To-Do Lists Jewelry Display and Storage Kitchen Essentials Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

"Running, Blogging, Taking Risks -- and Watching 'The Devil Wears Prada.'"

I started my career as a lawyer -- I was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when I realized that I really wanted to be a writer – and I’m still very interested in lawyerly concerns. One way I stay abreast of what’s happening in the world of law -- and also keep my resolution to Stay connected to my past -- is by reading Above the Law, a substantive (a very lawyerly word) but also e

The Costs of Preparing for Additional Children

Megan writes in: Congratulations on your third child! My husband and I are expecting our second child in February. I hope you’ll write an article about how to save money when another child comes along. Your wish is my command, Megan.

Eight Tips to Know If You're Being Boring.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Eight tips for knowing if you’re boring someone. ‘Tis the season of merry-making, which means you’re probably more likely than usual to find yourself making polite and perhaps awkward chit-chat. One of the challenges of the holidays! If you have trouble talking to a stranger in those situations, here are some tips to consider.

10 Stages of Financial Freedom

0. You Earn Less than you Spend This is obviously a good place to avoid and represents the least amount of freedom.  No one should be here, but I added it because I know many people (particularly in the US) operate regularly in this stage. 1. Your Job Covers Your Expenses This is where a lot of people are.  You spend everything you make.

Skruvsta office chair makeover

Maya turns the Skruvska swivel chair into quite a stunner.    "I bought a badly-scuffed white Skruvsta office chair in the "scratch-and-dent" section of Ikea in Israel, as well as some fabric remnants. I used these remnants to recover this chair entirely, adding some extra padding to the chair cushion.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Make Your Own Coffee Pods

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. We’re going to show you how to make your own coffee pods, why rechargeable batteries may not be the better buy, and how you can pay off the IRS — even without much money.

Finding Funding

GOOD's recurring feature, Diary of a Social Venture Start-up, explores the nitty gritty of seeking funding.

Boundary Makers

"Going with the flow is a euphemism for failing" - Seth Godin

Unitasker Wednesday: USB Pet Rock

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! The wonderful people at ThinkGeek.com have brought us what can only be described as THE most amazing unitasker ever found. Not only does it waste energy and use up one of your USB ports, but it also does absolutely nothing!