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Out With The Old, In With The New: Create a Debt Repayment Plan

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. 6. Create a debt repayment plan. Yesterday, we talked about the usefulness of cleaning up your debts.

Customised Kritter Table

Materials: 1 x Kritter table, oilcloth (or fabric + pvc table liner) and staple gun Description: For my niece's 2nd birthday, I customised a Kritter table by stapling fabric and pvc table liner to the top. This could also be done with oilcloth.

Why You Should Play Hooky (And How to Keep From Getting Caught!)

Hooky Verb1.play hooky – play truant from work or school; “The boy often plays hooky”  source: The Free Dictionary Ferris Bueller was right, we all need a break every now and then. Whether we’re catching up on needed rest, recharging our batteries with some alone time, or sneaking off to enjoy a Bueller-ish day of fun-filled activities, sometimes we’ve gotta blow

Unexpected advent calendar

Materials: Expedit, Kraft paper, Scotch tape, red paper Description: This is an advent calendar unexpected (25 days) we did in our agency for our audience/clients. Find below the instructions to make it.

On the Forums: signed books, unflattering vs. frugality, and the minimum number of condiments

Some great discussions are currently underway on the Unclutterer Forums: Minimum Condiments List? What to do with Signed, Personalized Books Uncluttering vs. Frugality Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

Reader Mailbag: Charity

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. Studying versus working 2. Student credit card question 3. Dealing with extra income 4. Preparing for job review 5. Pension or Roth? 6. Living frugal versus organics 7. Which debt first? 8.

Five stress-reducing strategies for the holidays

December is one of the most stressful times of year. If you don’t watch out, you could end up crying and in a terrible mess of anxiety. Here are five things you can do now to reduce the clutter and stress at the holidays: Make a list. Whether it’s a grocery list, gift shopping list, or list of things you need to do — write it down.

Why Your Income Is So Important

A few weeks ago, I shared a monster list of ways to make more money. These weren’t cheesy chores or slimy scams, but legitimate ways a person could earn extra income if they needed. Most of the suggestions were drawn from GRS reader stories, from my friends’ lives, or from my own experience.

6 Practical Tips To Make Your Habits Stick

Are you trying to cultivate a new habit? Are you having trouble being consistent with this habit?Our habits determine our quality of life. This month I'm doing group coaching with my readers, and I was intrigued to see that many of them have goals to cultivate new habits this month.

5 Must-Read Success Lessons from Michelangelo

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and engineer.  His work in each of these fields was absolutely ingenious. When you take into account the quantity of correspondences, sketches, and reminiscences that currently exist, Michelangelo is the best documented artist of the 16th century. Two of hi

"Why Is a Picture of Something Real Eventually More Exciting than the Thing Itself?"

"Why is a picture of something real eventually more exciting than the thing itself?" -- Jamaica Kincaid * Want a copy of my Resolutions Chart, to see what it looks like? Email me at grubin at gretchenrubin dot com. Just write “chart” in the subject line.

Review: Smart Is the New Rich

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’ll admit it – I’ve only seen the show Your $$$$$ on CNN once.

How To Improve Every Relationship You Have In Just A Few Easy Minutes

Though it might just make the world a better place a paragraph at a time, the art of letter writing is dying. The nails in the coffin are hammered an email at a time as the ink that once amplified human thought moves closer to memory (while the pixels multiply to replace them). But YOU know better. You know that in just a few minutes, you could give a boost to your inner confidence and improve th

Get Inspired

Post written by Leo Babauta. Yesterday as I walked among the mass of humanity near Union Square in downtown San Francisco, a man with a megaphone and a “Trust Jesus” sign started preaching the good word to the crowd. He was ignored of course, but what caught my attention was his radiant smile, and his evident energy and enthusiasm. Say what you want about him (he’s possibly a lit