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By Glen Stansberry

Ask the Readers: The Best Online Bank for Service and Security?

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the best online bank accounts.

10 Quotes to Inspire Creativity

GETTING yourself stuck in a creative rut can completely halt your productivity and hold you back. In my day-to-day, it’s difficult to write about things like credit cards and debt in an engaging way without at least a little creativity. When you find yourself struggling to think of something new and innovative, consider these words from 10 great thinkers. 1.

Erikslund Frame Hack

Materials: Erikslund Ikea Frames, flathead screwdriver, staple gun, staples, photos, photo save adhesive Description: I purchased 3 of these frames a couple of years ago when they were on sale for 6,90 Euro in Germany. I always envisioned swapping out the photos, but was disappointed when I got home and realized that it wasn't meant for that.

FJELLSE Headboard

Materials: FJELLSE full bed, stain, piece of pine, L brackets, drill, screws, screwdriver Description: I needed a bed, was on a budget and hated everything on Craigslist. For under $100 I got a bed a like that I think looks great. The FJELLSE full bed was on sale for only $49. I picked it up and skipped the $20 slats and got a free box spring from Craigslist.

The King of Pipes: The Meerschaum

The Song of the Pipe When the night air is shading ’round you, And the lake is lying still; When you hear the evening tuning, Of the lonely whippoorwill; When the woods are big and silent, And the world seems all at rest; And the cheerful fire is blazing, Then your good old pipe is best. When you are tired out from tramping, Through the winding forest ways; And you’ve had your trout

Find Your Dream Career

By Annching Wang When I graduated from fashion school last spring, I, like many other new graduates and job seekers, felt ready to take on the world. I had devoted 4 years to studying the thing that I had hoped would lead to a bright, shining career in the fashion industry, a dream I had held since I was 7 years old. It didn’t happen like that.

The Fundamental Ingredients for Financial Success

In today’s reader mailbag, a reader asked me if the questions I get for the mailbag make me depressed because, frankly, many of the stories I hear from readers represent a grim financial story. I told him, quite honestly, that most of the questions actually make me happy. They fill me with hope.

So You Want My Job: Advertising Executive

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. The advertising business these days isn’t as glamorous as it was during the heyday of Madison Avenue, when Don Draper and company came up with campaigns over three martini lunches.

The Delegation Experiment, Part 3: Teaching It

In the last installment of the Delegation Experiment we worked through the challenge of deciding what pieces of your business you could, in theory, hand off to someone else to do for you. Because if you plan to delegate, you need to identify what it is you plan to delegate, right?

Gorm (almost) cabinet

Materials: Gorm shelf; Vitaminer Rand fabric; Behandla paint; some plywood (not Ikea) Description: My son (9 months old) loves to open and close doors. I put in his room an old, little ( 61 cm) Gorm shelf, with two shelves, painted in red (Behandla paint, of course!): but shelves don't have doors!

"Even Typing the Phrase 'Drinking Coffee' Makes Me a Little Happier."

Happiness interview: Dan Heath. I'm a big fan of Dan Heath and Chip Heath's book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. My favorite part: the description of the "Don't Mess with Texas" campaign. For that reason, I couldn't wait to get my hands on their latest book, which has a direct relevance to happiness: Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard.

Trofast with wheels under the staircase

Materials: Trofast, wheels from the DIY store Description: The triangle-shaped space under a staircase is hard to use. Trofast is often used under stairs with the flat side against the wall, but I have never seen it as used here. I fastened four rolling wheels on the underside, and a sturdy handle to roll it in and out of the closet for easy acess from the side.

Broder display stand

Materials: Broder system and custom iron work Description: Using a Broder "T" foot and two "L" feet. I cut the "L" feet so I could weld them onto the "T" foot. This made an "X" foot so a single Broder post can be self standing. Next I used 14 Broder Center brackets. I cut the two ends of each bracket, leaving the center with the hooks for the post.

Reader Mailbag: Travel

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. Infant car seats 2. Roth and 403(b) questions 3. Paying off mortgage early 4. Managing a pay increase 5. Bonds owned by the deceased 6. Using bonuses 7. Depression and the reader mailbag 8.

When Does a Freelancer Need a CPA

Credit: photo by kozumel/flickr There’s a point in every business when having a CPA becomes necessary. Your taxes get too complicated for the local tax preparer, you need to start thinking about saving for retirement and you generally need to make sure that you’re bringing in enough money to grow, at least a little.