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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Survey Results Edition

The survey results are starting to appear from the survey many of you took a few weeks ago (thanks again for doing this). I found three things really interesting.

Saving Money and the Environment: Where Green and Frugal Meet

This is a guest post for Earth Day from Beth H., who writes about saving time, money, and the environment at Smart Family Tips.

Freedom from distractions

When faced with a project at work that you don’t want to do, it’s easy to jump online and procrastinate. Games, YouTube videos, and Facebook can suck away hours of your life when you really should be working. I confess that I have been tempted out of doing something more productive on many occasions.

Under-sofa toy story

Yeah, under the sofa is a great spot of unused space. Alix reclaimed it as a kid's toy storage space, with a surprisingly easy to do hack.

Don't Ignore Your Wake Up Calls: How To Know It's Time For a Change

For far too long I turned a blind eye to many indicators telling me that it was time to take control of my health. I was convinced that I was simply too busy to worry about fitness and wrote off any comments or signs telling me otherwise. However, I ignored these wake up calls to my detriment.

Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi on Blogging Techniques and Self-Publishing vs. Big Publishers

Last week, Ramit Sethi and I recorded a private videocast for a select group of readers. The three short videos below, all 2-8 minutes in length, describe our blogging tips and techniques, as well as an examination of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing. He and I have both had the privilege and tactical experience of:

Thrive: Your Online Personal Financial Planner

By Nora Dunn Thrive: Free Online Personal Financial Planning So you figure it’s time to proverbially grow up and get financially wise. But you don’t know where to start: you didn’t learn much in school or from your parents, the folks at the bank won’t give you the time of day, and you can’t afford a financial planner. What do you do?  

How to Clear Your Life’s Obstacles by Performing a Home Organizing Audit

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Alex Fayle of Someday Syndrome. Mention the word “audit” and most people run screaming. But an Organizing Audit has nothing to do with taxes, so you can come back now. Don’t worry.

How to Weather a Break-Up Like a Man

Image by jrivits Editor’s Note: AoM has previously discussed  how to break-up with someone like a man. But what if a woman breaks up with you? Today my good friend Michael Etzkorn gives some much-needed advice on how to deal with this unfortunate turn of events.

A Very Small Adventure: Riding the Bus

I had a big day today, though I’m sure many of you will laugh: I rode the bus for the first time. Actually, I’ve been on buses many times before. I rode a school bus as a child, and I’ve used public transportation in other towns. I’ve even used the light-rail trains here in Portland. But I had never used the city’s bus system until this afternoon. Brave new world

Lessons in Fuel-Efficient Driving

One of the interesting features of our Prius is that it keeps a running tab on your current gas mileage. You can see both the mileage at any given moment or the average over your trip. Having such easy access to this information while you’re driving subtly teaches you how to drive more efficiently. Here are a few things we’ve learned.

Happiness: Reading in the Tub, Escaping from Cubicles.

By far the best part of the SXSW conference was meeting other bloggers whom I’ve read but never seen face-to-face – such as Pamela Slim, who has a terrific blog, Escape From Cubicle Nation (one of the top career blogs), and whose book Escape from Cubicle Nation is just about to hit the shelves.

Setting Goals

I attended a very small school where most coursework was done at your own pace.  To make sure you could graduate on time, the yearly work was broken down into 4 quarters of 9 weeks each.  The quarters were broken down into weeks and what you needed to accomplish each week was divided into each day.  Each student had a “goal card” in front of their work area showing their planned pro

Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?

By Paul Michael It’s a question I’m asked at least a few times a day when I use my check card, usually by one of those little card-reading machines (although sometimes, an actual living person asks, too). Being someone who hates the word “credit” I have always opted for “debit” and proceeded to enter my PIN number. But have I been doing it all wrong?

Defining simplicity

When I was starting my transformation process from a clutterbug into an unclutterer, I wanted a checklist to tell me what I needed to do to live simply. I wanted there to be a clear line that told me if I did X, Y, and Z then all of my stress and anxieties would instantly be relieved. I wanted there to be zero ambiguity and I wanted someone else to make the hard decisions for me.