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Forgiven Debt Isn't Really Forgiven At All

By Kate Luther If you've been struggling with the rest of the economy, chances are you've been forced to rethink your financial priorities. And as a result, credit cards are often the first thing to go. The good news is that once you get behind, many credit card companies will offer to "settle" your account, some for as much as just 40% of your original balance.

Essential Personal Finance E-Books

A few days ago, I released The Get Rich Slowly Guide to Roth IRAs as a free e-book.

And baby makes three

Irma makes it easy to sleep next to baby, with a modified Gulliver crib. "We made this co-sleeper. The bed was made 20cm shorter. We removed one side and adapted the bottom to the same height as our own bed.

Reducing résumé clutter

In the comments to last week’s post on organizing a job search, a reader asked if we might be able to put together a résumé organizing post. Since I haven’t put together a résumé in more than five years, I thought it best to turn to a professional. Today we welcome guest author Tiffany Bridge who worked for many years as a recruiter for a job placement company.

How to Decide What to Include in Your Portfolio

Remember when you graduated from school or first decided to become a freelancer?  You likely didn’t have much work to show and had to scramble to fill your portfolio.  If you now have a few years under your belt, you’ve probably started to build up quite a collection of finished pieces. The importance of having a professional portfolio website has been discussed on FreelanceSwitch &

Burn calories, not fossil fuels!

First off, the No Impact Project is looking to recruit more interns. Please read about it here. Now, onwards...So funny. Lately, I've been asked if eschewing elevators in favor of the stairs during the no impact year wasn't a bit extreme?

Does Aerobic Exercise Make You Smarter?

How and why strenuous exercise changes the structure of the brain and affects our thinking.

Can Curation Save Media?

Or more importantly, what is the future of digital curation?

How to Make Solving Problems Fun

"People do what they choose to do. And if you want people to choose to do something, make it fun."

Lucid Dreaming: A Beginner’s Guide

John Smith making another title look like child’s play (no audio) From 1994-1995 I had the great pleasure of training with wrestling legend John Smith, 2-time gold medalist and 4-time world champion (domestic freestyle record of 80-0; international freestyle record of 100-5). He was famous for his low leg attacks that made even Olympic finals look like textbook demonstrations. The problem w

Help the United States be a leader again!

There's sad news coming from the climate talks taking place at the United Nations, this week, but I've learned that I am not powerless and I can help change it. You can too!According to the New York Times:Officials of several European countries have cited what they see as a lack of political will on the part of the United States to adequately address climate change.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #1: We Who Are Alive and Remain

Well, I finally decided to start an Art of Manliness podcast. Many of you have requested that we crank something out so you can get your daily dose of manliness during your commute or while you’re exercising. Now please keep in mind that I have zero experience with podcasting. So this first go of it is a little rough.

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 21: Job-Hunting Skills

On this week’s installment of The Personal Finance Hour, Jim and I spent the hour talking with Michael Hampton, the director of Career Development at Western Oregon University. (We also had a lively parallel chatroom discussion this week.) Network, network, network Our discussion stressed the importance of networking.

Business Card Doodles

Perhaps the most well-known post in the history of The Simple Dollar is Everything You Ever Really Needed to Know About Personal Finance on the Back of Five Business Cards. That article was borne out of my attempt to summarize my views on personal finance down to five small illustrations – and it was a big hit. Whenever I go to meetings, I tend to wind up with lots of business cards.

If I Came to Your Town, Would You Come See Me?

As I may have casually mentioned once or twice before, I have a book coming out in December. Yes, it’s true! Although it’s still very early, it’s time to think about the book tour. Although we’re all familiar with the idea of author appearances at local bookstores, writers are doing far, far less touring than they did in the past.