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By Brett McKay

Book review: Life Inc.

By Philip Brewer Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back by Douglas Rushkoff. The corporation was invented a few hundred years ago--created to increase the wealth and power of favored businessmen (and the governments that favored them).

Would You Accept $200,000 If You Didn't Know Where It Came From?

By Paul Michael You know, I hear a lot of people say that frugal people would do anything for dime. Personally, I think that applies more to greedy people, but it got me thinking of a question that combines morals with money.

Art of Manliness Housekeeping: RSS Feed and Email Updates Fixed

If you subscribe to the Art of Manliness through RSS feed or by email updates, you may have noticed that you haven’t seen anything new from AoM in about a week. No, we haven’t stopped blogging; perish the thought! This past weekend we’ve been doing some updates on the server and on the site’s design.

The Simple Dollar Podcast #6: Games People Play

The sixth episode focuses on gaming, a surprisingly fun way to save money. Along the way, I highlight tons of my favorite games to play with others that maximize bang for the buck.

Happiness: Deadlines, Running, H&M, and Novel-Writing.

From time to time, I post short interviews with interesting people about their insights on happiness. During my research, I’ve noticed that I often learn more from one person’s highly idiosyncratic experiences than I do from sources that detail universal principles or cite up-to-date studies. I recently read a terrific new novel by Sally Koslow, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx.

Productive Finances Checklist

Here is a checklist for your financial productivity. Most of these things seem minor, but taken together, they really add up and can make a big difference in how efficiently you are using your time and money. Are you using direct deposit for your paychecks? — If you are still manually carrying a check to the bank or putting it in the mail, stop!

Waste not the flatpack boxes

Simona and Flavius put the flatpack packaging to good use. The idea occurred to me me when we returned from Ikea with several packages and after mounting the Expedits we really didn't know what to do with the cardboard packages, since the recycling center was far, far away and we wouldn't want to simply throw them out in the garbage bin (we try to be as eco-friendly as possible).

Six Smart Ways To Beat Information Overload

Someone has rightly said - ' information is power '. There's nothing more valuable than getting the right information at the right time. And as always, the internet, with its abundant sources of information, is there to satiate as well as increase your desire for information.I'm sure you'd agree that this power seems to overpower us everyday.

Ikea Expedit Asian inspired entertainment center

Jim recently completed an entertainment unit with an Asian bend. Nice.

Stress, stuff, and world travel: The not-so-secret connection

Today we welcome a guest post from Chris Guillebeau. He is a writer and world traveler who publishes The Art of Nonconformity. He has an amazing plan to visit every country in the world (113 down, 84 to go) before his 35th birthday in four years.

Billy Mays, Michael Jackson, Your Heart, and Your Bottom Dollar

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might be aware that two well-known fifty year old men passed away this past week. Michael Jackson got most of the media coverage - and for good reason. He recorded the best-selling pop music album of all time and virtually everyone can recognize the beat of many of his songs.

Resume Basics for Freelancers, Part 2: Wording Your Resume Right

If you’re hanging in with me and considering having a resume—yes, even though you freelance—the next step is to make sure your resume is written well. (Missed Part 1? Read that article first!) With many new rules in the game, it’s important for freelancers to stay on top of resume-writing trends so they can compete in the marketplace.

An Introduction to Money Market Accounts

I’ve been moving large sums of money between my bank accounts recently. I’m shuffling funds from my business account to my personal account to my high-yield savings account in an attempt to get each dollar in its proper place.

Is it a collection or clutter?

Writer Marc Sotkin produces the website Boomer Alley, which is self-described as a “consistently entertaining, professional grade, irreverent look at the world of the Baby Boomers.” Back in April, he made the poignant video “Collection or Clutter” that explores the question of whether the stuff you’re storing in your home is really worth keeping.

Another way to fill the craving to shop

Shopping is an American social pastime, but the problem is that shopping from "want," instead of from "need," causes the use of planetary resources we can't afford to burn. We talked about this a little here.Yesterday, I mentioned how much fun my daughter Isabella had running out to a farm field to harvest vegetables. Harvesting? Shopping? Harvesting? Shopping?Wait!