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By John Wesley

When Chanel met IKEA - fall fur accessories

Materials: OLEBY or RENS rug, FRAKTA, metal chain, buckle Description: I made a Chanel inspired fur bag and boot covers from Rens and Oleby IKEA rugs and Frakta bags. Cheers to style and warmth this fall! Make an AFFENPINSCHER. FOR THE BAG 1. Cut out one large rectangle from an OLEBY or RENS rug that is approximately 12” x 16.” 2.

Budgeting For Mistakes

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. How carefully do you budget? Do you account for every dime, or is there some wiggle room in your spending plan? Since I got on the wagon with tracking my spending, there’s no miscellaneous category in my budget anymore.

It’s All About Attitude: 6 Ways To Stay Positive

How we choose to start a new day can be our single most effective way to impact having a good day. Waking up with a positive outlook, hopeful about what is in store for us, excited about the myriad of possibilities will lead us down one path.

Old coffee presses for new

Materials: KAFFE coffee press, FÖRSTÅ coffee press Description: A minor but potentially useful hack: I broke the glass carafe of my old KAFFE French press, and went to replace it on my next IKEA run.

The Secret of Great Men: Deliberate Practice

What creates great men? What made Ted Williams the greatest hitter in the history of baseball? Why made Shakespeare one of history’s greatest writers? How did Carnegie become one of history’s greatest businessmen? The typical answer that most people give is that greatness is born.

Man to Man Episode #3: Should I Change My Career Path?

Welcome back to another episode of Man to Man. This week’s question comes from Mark. He writes: “You’re going to think I’m crazy here, Brett, but I need some advice — man to man. I’m a student, working toward a degree in library science, and I’ve nearly reached the end of the college run. It’ll be good to be done, I admit.

90 Days!

Good Sunday everyone! A couple of weeks ago, we did a ‘soft launch’ of a new program we have been working really hard on, called 90 Days to a Better You (see new tab in nav ’90 Days’).

Your Life Is Spiraling Out Of Control—Here’s How To Fix It

Are you someone who works best under pressure or thrives in a stressful situation? Do you take pride in your great multi-tasking abilities? Do you find yourself surrounded with drama queens or people just like you who run full throttle until they puke? Most important, are you someone who avoids pain or disappointment by “getting busy?” If you find yourself rushing around with a packed schedul

"These Are Travellers Notes Which I Offer Myself Should I Again Be Lost."

“A hint for the future. Always relieve pressure by a flight. Always violently turn the pillow: hack an outlet. Often a trifle does. A review offered of Marie Corelli by the Listener. These are travellers notes which I offer myself should I again be lost.” -- Virginia Woolf, Diary, January 26, 1940 How many times have I read Woolf's A Writer's Diary? Countless.

Review: Psych Yourself Rich

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A couple years ago, Farnoosh Torabi wrote You’re So Money, I book I succinctly described by saying “this book pitches personal finance advice for consumerism addicts.” Nevertheless, I concluded that the book did offer some very solid advice to the crowd that would not allow their Gucci han

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 The convenient Light Switch RackThe rack, which is designed by Paul Koh, fits over your lightswitch, and then you attach your switch plate to the front of it.

Turning Kitchen Waste Into Something Sublime

You’ve just finished prepping a meal. You have a bunch of leftover vegetable scraps – onion pieces, a bit of chopped tomato, some extra pepper, the end of a zucchini, a single garlic clove, whatever. Or, maybe you had a whole rotisserie chicken or a roast and find yourself with some leftover bones with a few bits of meat attached to them.

The 7 Step Guide to Increasing Your Financial Peace

Financial peace. Those are two words that don’t typically go together. Money struggles often consume our lives…daily. For example, over 61% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, meaning one job loss, vehicle meltdown, or sickness could send most people spiraling out of control financially. This doesn’t have to be case though.

Linkswitch #42: Photography, Bad Bosses, & Non-Profits

10 Steps To Taking Your Own Simple Stock Photos Bad stock photography is a cliché, there’s nothing worse than going to an “about us” page and seeing a bunch of people in suits with telephone headsets who all look really happy. Good stock photography on the other hand has a lot of value, the downside is that it’s often very expensive. Best Practices of Combining Typefaces Creating g

Reader Story: How We Bought a New Car

This guest post from Nicole is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. Nicole is an active GRS commenter.