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Soul Shelter

By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 It’s new and improved!Over at Neuromarketing, studies suggest that we may be hardwired to find “new products (and even repackaged old products) attractive.” Work life creeping into personal life?

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Old Connections Edition

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been surprised to find that several people that I used to know quite well in the past are quiet regular readers of The Simple Dollar.

How to Client-Proof Your Work Schedule

It’s a fact of freelance life that some clients just don’t really seem to understand the sort of schedule that is necessary to complete a project. Keeping to a schedule when you’re waiting for approval, content or something else from a client can take a lot of patience and a little skill.

Learn to Celebrate the Small Victories

Recently, I was lamenting that there is never enough time in the day for me to accomplish all that I need to. I know I’m not alone in this because many people’s refrain these days seems to be, “I’m so busy” or like me, “There is not enough time...”Consider all of the roles we all play.

Freelance Radio, Episode 35: When Humans Attack

The thirty-fifth episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, the panel (John Brougher, Dickie Adams, Kristen Fischer and Von Glitschka) talks about dealing with negative, unsolicited feedback. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section.

Saving for the Short Term

Dave wrote yesterday with a common question. He’s looking for a low-risk investment with decent returns, but not having any luck finding one. He writes: I currently have a Money Market Savings account and the interest rate has dropped to 1%. It used to be 5%. When it was earning 5%, I had roughly $25,000 in there, and would make something like $60-$90 per month in interest.

A family’s decision to say yes to what matters most to them

My friend Jane (not her real name) has three children (7, 5, and 2). When Jane was pregnant with her third child, she and her husband made a decision to restrict their children’s involvement in non-family activities, things like music lessons and sports. “We’re not a taxi service,” Jane explained to me.

A felt cover for Grono

Some times we buy stuff only to regret it. It happened to Sara recently but thanks to the 'extra felt' lying around, she could dress up her Grono lamps tastefully.  She says, "I recently bought 2 Grono lamps off of Craigslist but when I got them home, I hated the way they looked and the harsh light that they emitted!

Meet the Parents

Meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time is a big step in a relationship. You’re taking it up a notch from casual dating;  you’re saying that you’re ready to start to solidifying your couplehood by placing yourself inside of her social and familial circle and allowing them to put a face to the name. You won’t be able to slink away later as an anonymous dude.

Food, Inc. and the Origins of Your Food: 3 Reasons to Remain Ignorant (Plus Free Movie Screenings)

By Elizabeth Sanberg Food, Inc., a movie detailing the origins and production of food, came to theaters last month and it's already ruffled some feathers in the food industry.

The Simple Dollar Podcast #7: Lying About Money

The seventh episode focuses on lying to others - and to yourself - about money. I relate several personal stories about lying from my own life, the consequences of those lies, and techniques one can use to overcome them..

"Persistence Is Its Own Reward," or, Water That Flower.

I've started a feature -- the True Rules series. These are concrete lessons that come out of people's specific experiences.

Stockholm TV unit with glass doors

I do agree with Peter. That the Stockholm TV stand looks great but is a little impractical. Well, unless you think of it as a couch potato buster. No just pointing your remote.

Personal or Business? Parameters for Choosing a Credit Card

By Silicon Valley ...

An easy to DIY TV stand

Chris finds an easy solution for his flatscreen TV and components. He says, "I needed a TV Stand for my 26" Flatscreen so I could store a DVD Player and a cable tuner right below instead of placing the TV directly on top of both components. I searched and could not find anything at Walmart, Target, even Home Depot.