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By Jay White

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 12, 2009

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week.

The Weekly Round-Up: September 12, 2009

Hutch Returns! Some of you may remember that AoM’s contributing writer and resident adventurer Chris Hutcheson had planned to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro and help raise money for Childreach International. Well Hutch is back from Africa and reports that while it was the hardest thing he’s ever done, it was awesome and worth it.

Never Eat Alone: Do Your Homework

This is the fourth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail.

Reject Variable Terms and Conditions

By Philip Brewer Ordinary business transactions used to be governed by long-standing laws and customs that had been developed to make them fair to both sides. Over the last fifty years or so--basically, since credit cards became popular--those rules have been gradually pushed aside. Now, everything is governed by "terms and conditions" that the corporate party can change at any time.

DIY project for transient items

Reader Dawn tipped us off to a blog post on the website The Red Chair Blog for how to organize “transient” items.

The Business Name Checklist for Freelancers

While many of us go into business with nothing more than our names, there are others who prefer to use a company name. There are many good reasons for doing this, but it’s not for everyone. You need to know what sort of name will suit you best, and this article provides you with a checklist to see if you have good reason to ditch the given name in favor of something more impersonal. 1.

Seven Things You Never Need to Pay Full Price For

You work hard for your money and you want to get the most from every dollar. You certainly don’t want to end up wasting your cash by paying more than you need to.

The World Needs You to Do What You Love

Article by Zen Habits contributor Jonathan Mead. The greatest change happens because of people that are deeply passionate, and have a great love for the work they do. If you want to make a difference in the world, the single most important thing you can do is consciously and deliberately choose to do work that you are passionate about. No other choice can have a greater impact on the planet, or yo


Many evenings, you’ll find me around my house reading a book or writing a short story or polishing a post for The Simple Dollar or working on a book of my own. I enjoy doing it – the act of writing, and even learning how to improve my writing, is very enjoyable to me. The real kicker, though, is that the more I write, the better I get.

Embrace the Update, or, Why Is It So Hard to Turn on the TV?

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.

Ask Unclutterer: Trinket overload

Reader Nick submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: My full name is Nicholas, and so ever since I was a little kid, my family has been buying me figurines of St. Nicholas, Santa Claus.

Recession Journal Part IV: The Double-Dip Trip

By Jabulani Leffall Have you ever been broke as Jack's magic beans?  You know, broke as when said beans dropped on the floor because he brought home magic beans instead of food? Have you ever been that hard up for cash but anticipating a reprieve? Oh you have. Okay, well, do you remember how you felt when that direct deposit finally hit or you heard that the check really was in the mail?

Vintage Find: Le Grand Content

Jawdroppingly brilliant and funny examination of PowerPoint culture by Austrian illustrator Clemens Kogler. A tour de force of free association.

Rule #13: Improve Yourself Every Chance You Get.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a list of fourteen basic “rules” that summarize my money and life philosophy. I’ll be presenting these as a weekly series. Throughout my life, I’ve found that there are two kinds of people.

Should You Buy It? A Flowchart for Evaluating Potential Purchases

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. My husband and I are in the process of building a home on 4.5 acres in the Texas hill country. At the moment, we’re still in the planning phase — not quite ready for blueprints. Last month, our architect asked us to start thinking about the make and model of the kitchen appliances we want for our home.