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By Colin Beavan

Seven Dieting Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

If you read Glen’s post on How to Gain Weight And Build Muscle and thought, “I wish I had the problem of trying to put on weight”, this post is for you.You’ve tried multiple diets in the past and nothing ever seems to work. Perhaps you manage to stick to a rigid diet for a few days, but you crack before the week is out. Maybe you get into good habits, but somehow let them slide again.

Chase reverses new maintenance charges

By Lynn TruongBack in January, I wrote a post about finding a new monthly $10 "maintenance fee" for my Chase credit card -- the one I was never late on and had a transfer balance that guaranteed me a 3.99% APR for life. People were outraged, of course, but now Chase has had a change of heart. I received this in the mail today: Dear Lynn Truong:  

7 Exercises to Make You Look and Feel Like a Man

This is a guest post from Vic Magary of Gym Junkies.com. Vic is a personal trainer, karate/taekwando blackbelt, and a U.S. Army veteran.

Swoopo - great auction deals or great scam?

By Xin LuToday I stumbled upon a site called Swoopo.  It is touted as a new auction site that combines shopping with entertainment.  I took a quick look and it seemed like many items were selling for very low prices.  For example, an ounce of gold recently sold for only $187.96 when it is worth around $1000.  How is this possible?

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 3: Finding Balance

Join us this afternoon for the third episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. I’ll be co-hosting the show with Jim from Bargaineering at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern).

Can You Live Without That Service?

When I reached my financial bottom, one of my first responses was to look for fat to cut out of my life. I eliminated Netflix. I eliminated magazine and newspaper subscriptions. I whacked away at some of the pricier options on several other bills.

A Fake Ad -- For a Drug for the "Insufferably Cheery."

Several thoughtful readers sent me this fake ad for Despondex, a “prescription depressant for the insufferably cheery.” According to the ad, Despondex is “effective at reducing a range of symptoms,” such as: talking to people in line at the grocery store participating in community theater Christmas caroling collecting ceramic animal figurines organizing neighborhood potlucks

Why You Need to Fail to Succeed

That’s a rather provocative title, I suppose. Surely if you can avoid failure that is better, right?  Not necessarily. There are two ways to avoid failure. Working so hard and doing such a good job that you succeed. Only taking on projects that are so far below your capabilities that failure is never a realistic possibility.

How To Turn a 2-liter Bottle Of Water Into a 50-Watt Lightbulb

By Paul MichaelIt's not often that I'm taken aback by the simplicity and power of an invention, but this one does it for me. It's cheap, anyone can make one and it literally changes lives. Welcome to the water-bottle lightbulb.

Sarah's chop and shove kitchen cart and circular sofa

Ah, I love these 2 hacks from Sarah. The first is a really cool cooking prep space and the second is a smart tweak of the circular bed into a cosy area.

Lessons from Improv #4: Establish Context Quickly

Of all the improv games and exercises we learned in our four-week class, the ‘three-line scene’ was perhaps the most enlightening. In it, two people stood on stage and performed the beginning of what could have turned into a full improv scene. The first person would give the partner a name and begin with a simple physical observation of the other person.

A bouquet lamp

Nicoletta submits her daughter, Chiara's hack. An Ikea picture frame (Ribba?) and a light shade. She covered the base with expanded clay balls and inserted plastic flowers.

Toronto architects utilizes under stair storage

Under stair storage is a great way to utilize dead space in your home. It may not be the easiest project to tackle yourself, but it is an ingenious way to store things. We highlighted some under stair storage a while back and the most recent example is from Toronto architects Christine Ho Ping Kong and Peter Tan.

Reader Mailbag #57

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags.

Finding Balance Between Time and Money

Lately my personal focus has been on finding balance in my life. I’m trying to discover the proper place for money — and for time. Over the past few years, I’ve allowed money to become too important. I’ve worked too much, and that has hurt other aspects of my life. I don’t have time for anything else.