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By The FLS Team

It's here again! Vote for your favourite hack of 2009

After the last 2 years of listing 20 favourite hacks, I've noticed that votes concentrated on around 10 hacks while the rest received minimal votes. So with much reluctance I decided to trim my fat list down to 10, again. A shorter list was much harder to do than I thought. It was a delight going through all the entries in 2009 but agonising in having to omit some really good hacks.

Three year end tasks to take the edge off tax time

Now that 2009 is over, don’t wait until April to start getting your taxes in order. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Terry Savage suggests three tasks that you can do now if you plan to itemize your deductions. If you don’t currently have a system, don’t worry.

"Gratitude, Appreciation, Dale Carnegie -- and Business Trips."

Through a mutual friend, I became acquinted with Alexandra Levit and her writing – she’s a career columnist for the Wall Street Journal. Much of her work focuses on helping people find and succeed in meaningful jobs. Her brand-new book (we have the same pub date!) is New Job, New You: A Guide to Reinventing Yourself in a Bright New Career.

Personal Finance 101: Getting Started with Banking

We all did it at the beginning of our financial lives. We grew up. We moved out. We opened accounts at a bank on our own, quite often a different bank than the one used by our parents. And we had to figure it out. How should we pick a bank? How do we move the money over? What should we put in our checking account? Our savings account?

5 Reasons Not to Apply for a Loan Modification in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP)

By Xin Lu The Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) rolled out last year currently has over 700,000 people in trial modifications and a little over 30,000 in "permanent" modifications. The program has been plagued with consumer complaints of lost paperwork and denials. Here are some reasons why many consumers are better off skipping this program all together. 1.

Email Marketing for Freelancers

There’s some talk around the Web that email marketing is becoming a thing of the past due to the popularity of social networks. I beg to differ. Consider this: According to a recent Direct Marketing Association study, email marketing’s average return on investment (ROI) is a whopping $45.05 US for every dollar spent. That makes it the highest return of any marketing channel.

Creating two bedrooms in a small space

Dwell magazine featured a “Kids’ Room Renovation” project recently on their site that shows how a small room can be transformed into two unconventional, yet spacious, bedrooms: Rather than simply building a partition down the middle of the 140-square-foot bedroom, which would have created two constrained rooms, the architects decided to build up and within.

Are You Calling Your Preacher Fat?

The other day, Liz Strauss wrote a great post about building vibrant communities.

New Job, New You

I spent 17 years working at a job I hated, afraid to pursue my passions. I’ve spent the past two years doing something I love, and the difference in my attitude is like night and day. Some folks take the position that a job is just a job, that it’s not meant to be enjoyed, but merely to provide an income. I’m not one of these people. Neither is Alexandra Levit.

Try living No Impact for a week

The No Impact Experiment, brought to you by the No Impact Project, is a one-week carbon cleanse. It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life.

6 Deceptively Simple Ways to Conquer Fear

We all battle with fear. Just a few short years ago, the underlying current of my being was filled with fear, worry and anxiety. When your whole life is controlled by fear, it starts to get to you.Fear isn’t your enemy; it is through fear and hardship that we grow the most.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #13: Man Stories with Liam Strain

Welcome back to the Art of Manliness Podcast! In this episode we return to our series called “Man Stories” where every other week we interview a different gentleman and ask him what it means to be a man. This week our guest is Liam Strain from Chicago.

The Upside Of The Economic Downturn: Why Being Unemployed Isn’t So Bad

Image courtesy of Roy Lichtenstein With the economy being as tough as it is, and so many people struggling to find work, including many who will read this, it’s very easy to fall into a dark hole of depression and despair.  How will I find another job… when will I find another job?  How will I pay the bills, feed my kids, afford the rent?

How to Make the Most of the Fresh Start of a New Year

“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Buddha Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. We’re several days into the New Year, and many of us are still basking in the glow of a fresh start. Every year, January brings renewed optimism for change, for a better life, for a better you.

Manliest Big Game Ritual: Win Two Tickets to the Pro Football Championship on Behalf of Dockers®

In just one short month, the biggest game in professional football will take place. (Because the league that sponsors this game strictly enforces its trademark on the name of this game I can’t actually say the name of the game in this post. The name of the game does rhyme with “Cooper Dole”) For decades, men from all over the U.S.