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By Gretchen Rubin

A TV unit rerun

Elodie gives her old TV unit a new burst of life. Again. "This is a third life for my TV furniture. At the beginning it was 'birch'. I transformed it in brown and flashy colors, and some years later I painted it in white and then I put a shiny varnish. A friend of mine call it the Apple furniture!

A sad observation I had on a mountain

See that picture? That's where I stayed last week for some quick R & R in the countryside. An incredibly beautiful place.At lunch one day, I briefly met two women, sitting at the next table. While I was eating, I overheard one say to the other, "Do you think there will be enough shops in town to keep us occupied?"Here we were, on a mountain. By a lake. With horses. And canoes.

30 Days to a Better Man Wrap-Up

During the month of June 2009, The Art of Manliness ran a series of posts called “30 Days to a Better Man.” Each day we created a task for Art of Manliness readers to complete that would help them improve in different facets of their lives such as relationships, fitness and health, career, and personal finances. We also had a very active Better Man Community Group where participants r

The Best of Get Rich Slowly: June 2009

Get Rich Slowly keeps humming along! Thanks to your participation, it was another great month around here, with a lot of interesting discussions. I’ve managed to collate most of the results from the recent reader survey, by the way, and will share them with you in a few days.

Are the new home appraisal rules good for consumers?

By Xin Lu On May 1st a new set of home appraisal rules called the Home Valuation Code of Conduct  was put into effect by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in order to distance realtors and mortgage brokers from appraisers.

The Simple Dollar Podcast #5: Talking to Parents

The fifth episode focuses on talking to parents about money and their estate planning as they get older. Along the way, I mention my own challenges in figuring out how to handle this as my parents age.

Happiness: Paddling a Canoe, Not Biting the Hook.

From time to time, I post short interviews with interesting people about their insights on happiness.

Why You Need Personal Capital

I’ve been exploring several business opportunities recently, so I’ve been thinking a lot about capital.  If we want to do X it will take $1500 of capital.  If we want to do Y it will take $4000 of capital. Our options in business greatly depend on the amount of capital we control.

Can't Afford A Home Alarm System? You Probably Already Have One.

By Paul Michael Home alarm systems can be expensive. A basic alarm system can be hundreds of dollars. Move up to the home-monitoring systems of ADT and Brink's, and you're talking big money. Installation can cost over $1000, and the monthly monitoring fee can be upwards of $40 a month.

Airside: Inspired Collaboration

You know those dentists who don’t explain a thing, and suddenly they’re holding the tooth they just pulled from your mouth? That’s exactly the sort of pitfall that cross-platform design agency Airside tries to avoid in their client relationships.

New Design, New Features and More – It’s FreelanceSwitch v3

When we started FreelanceSwitch back in April 2007, the site consisted of just a couple of blog posts and an about page.

How to Build Sturdy Basement Shelves

// // Editor’s Note: Every now and then, we feature an excellent blog post that was originally posted in The Art of Manliness Community by a community member. Today we’re featuring an article from one of our most prolific community members, Will.

Nesting bookcase from Dror for Target

Dror Benshetrit has a new line of affordably-priced home furnishings at Target. We’re particularly impressed by this nesting bookcase, which adapts well to the demands of different spaces. A set of four open shelves is only $90, and the sets can be placed in groups to create larger shelving units or used as simple end tables, as shown below

The Best Money Advice, in Ten Words or Less

About a week ago, I challenged my followers on Twitter to give me their best single piece of money advice in ten words or less. I was flooded with responses. After spending quite a bit of time sifting through them, here are the fifty best pieces of advice that came my way (out of well over a hundred - I actually used a spreadsheet to help me figure out the best ones to include).

The new normal economy

By Philip Brewer The economy is way short of full employment, so naturally, consumer spending is down. Sooner or later employment, I think, will return to normal levels.