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TIP: Receipts Folder

If you spend any time buying stuff from the web, you are familiar with all the pages that say, “print this out for your records”.  So, how many people actually print out those pages?  I know I don’t (unless I’m buying something very expensive).  Usually I’ll try to keep the email receipt, but sometimes that gets blocked by spam filters. Here is how I’ve star

Suggesting disposal

Professional organizer Scott Roewer sent me a Christmas card this year with an uncluttered message printed on the inside of the card.

How to Make the Most of Your 401K

By Silicon Valley ... Most of us have a 401k account with our employer. But there are people who've decided not to participate in their employer's retirement program for a variety of reasons. Some employees feel that they simply don't have the funds to sock away, and make this an excuse to skip out on the free money that comes along with company matched 401k or 403b contributions.

Eight Tactics for Dealing with Professional Burnout

Carlos writes in: I’ve been working at the same job for the last six years. I used to love it but lately I’ve started dreading going to work. I can’t really put my finger on a reason why, either. I’m considering quitting but I am very afraid to take that leap with the economy the way it is. Got any suggestions? Once upon a time, I was in a similar situation.

What’s Your Trajectory?

Movement isn’t enough… Action isn’t enough… Without direction. It’s not enough to take action every day. It’s not enough to see movement every day. Unless those actions and that movement is TOWARD something. Too many of us wake up and fill our days will a thousands tiny actions.

Big roomy cat litter

Karla finds a litter box solution for her two big cats. She says, "Originally, the litter box was in our spare bedroom, but a visit from my out of town parents prompted me to build/hack a litter box enclosure that could be placed in another part of the house. We have two large kitties (Stardust and Thor), so we needed something with lots of space.

9 Tips For Tracking Project Expenses

When you’re working on a project for a client, you sometimes have to spend a little money in order to get to the point where you can invoice your client. Maybe you have to register a domain name. Maybe you have to pay for a stock image. Maybe you have to subcontract part of the project.

Cure your e-mail addiction

I ran across an image yesterday on 43folders that I wanted to share with you: If you check your e-mail every 5 minutes when you’re at work, then you are checking it 12 times an hour.

Don’t Let Irregular Expenses Wreck Your Budget (or Drain Your Emergency Fund)

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Right before our Thanksgiving trip, the AC went out on our vehicle. $600 later, we had a functioning AC. What a way to start a camping trip.  The good news was that we had the funds set aside for that specific reason—auto repairs.

Finally doing what I can about the Copenhagen climate talks

I Skyped with a good friend who is in Copenhagen participating in the climate negotiations today. She told me she woke up crying. Yesterday, a large group of some 70 developing countries walked out of the climate talks because they felt that an unfair responsibility for carbon reductions was falling on poor countries. Luckily, they came back.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #11: Badasses with Ben Thompson

Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Manliness Podcast! In this edition, we talk to Ben Thompson, author of the new book, Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live.

How to Be Mindful During the Holidays, in 350 words

“Smile, breathe and go slowly.” - Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk Post written by Leo Babauta.

Community Jobs Forum on FreelanceSwitch

Here in the United States, there has been a lot of talk about putting unemployed people back to work. President Obama recently hosted a Jobs and Economic Growth Forum at the White House and in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The White House has also asked Americans to host their own forums. In light of the feedback to my recent FreelanceSwitch article, “Finding Jobs vs.

Update on the Availability of the Art of Manliness Book

I’ve been getting many emails about the availability of our recently published book, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man. Those of you looking for the book may have noticed that it is out of stock on both Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.

In Which Holiday Decorating Reminds Me of Several Happiness Lessons.

I recently put up our holiday decorations, and as I was doing it, I was reminded of several important happiness lessons. 1. I love my husband, just as he is. One of the challenges of a happiness project is accepting your own nature – and also your sweetheart’s nature. I wish my husband got a big kick out of holiday decorating, but he doesn’t. There it is.