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By Brett Kelly

How to Make Separate Finances Work: An Interview with J.D. and Kris

Every couple has its own way of managing money. Some folks share their finances completely. Some — like my wife and me — keep their finances completely separate. Most couples fall somewhere between these two extremes. Writing for the June issue of Redbook magazine, Virginia Sole-Smith highlighted what she calls the new money rules for couples.

20 Great Business Card Templates from GraphicRiver

Advertise here with BSAI recently returned from a two month stay in Japan, where along with a bit of networking, I made sure to hand out a few business cards. Just a few days ago I received my first potential client contact from one of the cards I handed out.

Microsoft you make it very hard to switch back

A while back I wrote about my Apple and Google lifestyle and I still do it that way, but since I quit my regular job I also miss having a Windows laptop. I like Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 and enjoyed the promise of Windows 8.

What I Learned From Being Fired

The day started just like any other day. I slowly dragged my tired body out of the bed, started complaining and began the process of getting ready for work. I had about 2 full hours of sleep due to the new born baby that was sharing a room with my wife and I in our one bedroom apartment.

Fun with a Pocket Knife: How to Play Mumbley Peg

Every man should carry a pocketknife. It’s handy for cutting open packages, severing twine, and, of course, eating an apple like a bad ass. But it can also be a source of instant, anywhere entertainment. Because it’s all you need to play the game of mumbley peg. Never heard of the game? Don’t worry.

Five Elements of a Successful Goal (From My Experience)

A little over five years ago, I set a tremendous goal for myself. I wanted to completely overhaul my financial life. I was in a pile of debt. I was working at a job that I enjoyed, but it often felt like it was pulling me both from my family and from my dream career.

Can You Learn about Happiness from Virginia Woolf? I Think So.

Assay: Yesterday, I posted a quotation from Virginia Woolf for my weekly quotation. I often quote from Woolf, because she’s one of my very favorite writers. And, as has happened before, I got a few comments from readers saying, in effect, “Why are you quoting Virginia Woolf about happiness?

Dragonfly lamp

Materials: HEMMA cord set and IDEALISK tea infuser Description: Pretty simple and self explanatory. I used the Hemma cord set, the Idealisk tea infuser, and thin white pantyhose wrapped around some wire. See more of the dragon fly lamp. ~ Anette Tysnes Ungar, Sandnes, Norway

Vika Amon/Glasholm Dining Table

Materials: Vika Amon, Vika Lags, Vika Glasholm, Gilbert Description: It's simply putting things together from Ikea to save money and get a modern look at the same time for a different application (dining table in this case). This isn't my idea either, I have seen this combination at a friend's house but I put a little different spin to it to make what fits my taste.

AT&T DSL Only Option

AT&T is offering DSL without requiring phone service. This is sometimes referred to as “dry dsl” or “naked dsl”.

Healthy Snacks: 10 Ideas for More Wholesome Eating

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jules Clancy of Stonesoup. Reading Get Started: From Overweight to Healthy recently on Zen Habits, I couldn’t agree more with Leo’s advice. Eat move veggies, drink more water, move more and get rid of the junk. All great ideas. It also got me thinking. For me at least, the most difficult part of healthy eating is when it comes to snacks.

Besta Litter Box Cabinet

Materials: Besta 25"x47" Cabinet, 2 Besta Vara (doors), 2 Extension Cords, 2 Motion Activated Night Lights Description: Cut entrances in sides of cabinet (hello kitty head for my wife). Built cabinet per instructions. Mounted extension cords as outlets for night lights. Cut hole in rear to run cord to outlet. ~ Steven Clarkson, Carmel, IN

Reader Mailbag: On Workbooks

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. Car buying question 2. Food business 3. Student loan question 4. Difficult car choice 5. Moving from Mint to spreadsheet 6. Savings or down payment? 7. Homeschooling 8. Overwhelmed by mortgage 9.

Top Freelance Jobs from Job Board – Week 1, June

Advertise here with BSA Looking for a new client? The FreelanceSwitch job board is a great resource of freelance gigs and opportunities. These opportunities are in various fields, from development to writing to design, and come from a wide range of potential clients.

Wall mounting a 40" TV in Expedit

Materials: Expedit TV Storage Unit, 2 - 1 1/2" Machine Screws with washers, locking washers, and wing nuts, 16 L-brackets and 1/2" wood screws, Drill, hole cutter kit, Samsung Ultraslim wall mount, and of course our Samsung 40" TV Description: Just moved to a smaller house so our 40" TV that used to live on a wall needed and our books which used to live in its own library area needed a new home.