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By Trent Hamm

Freelance Freedom #151

Retirement Savings: How Much Do You Need?

This post contains an excerpt from Chapter 13 of Your Money: The Missing Manual, my new book from O’Reilly Media. It’s also a part of National Financial Literacy Month. For the past several months, GRS has been running a new poll in the sidebar every two weeks. Mostly, these are curiosities to me. But the poll that just concluded produced an interesting tidbit of information.

7 Ways To Hone Attention, Insight And Creativity

Back in my corporate lawyer days, there was one guy who everyone hated. Not because he was mean or underhanded or cut-throat. He was actually quite nice and always willing to help. People hated him because he was good.

How to Make Good Use of Time Pockets

Every day, we have little pockets of time that get wasted. We're not using them to accomplish anything productive – and we're not using them to relax. These pockets of time generally come along with feelings of boredom or frustration.They occur when we've got some necessary gap between two tasks.

Retreat from consumption--No Impact Earth Week in NYC

We at the No Impact Project love our No Impact Week--a one-week carbon cleanse and contemplative retreat from consumption--which most people do online (go here for details). But for those of you who are in NYC, we're making it even better. We've designed an in-person No Impact Week, not run over the web but in real communities.

7 Steps To Find Lost Objects After Panic Sets In

Imagine this:  you’re preparing for a trip and 15 minutes before you leave the house you check for your passport.  You search through your luggage:  nothing.  You check in the normal spot in your bedroom dresser drawer:  not there.  Beads of sweat appear on your forehead.  Your mind races and your body isn’t far behind.  You ransack the house and you can’t find the passport.

How to Buy a Used Car

Share Last year, my wife and I were eating dinner when we suddenly heard a crash outside. We ran out the door and saw that someone had smashed into our car, which had been parked on the street. The lady driving the other car was drunk and driving on the wrong side of the road. The lush and her car were completely unscathed, but our car was totaled.

GRS Video Contest Update (and PR Week)

Time is winding down on the Get Rich Slowly video contest. For a while, I was worried that nobody was going to enter. Last week at this time, we only had five entries. The pool is up to 23 videos now, though.

Public Speaking – How I Prepare Every Time

(Photo: Tim Wagner) In the past several weeks, I’ve been asked quite a lot about public speaking. While downing gin tonics over Brazilian BBQ at the SXSW Interactive tech conference, I was approached by the CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of a start-up I advise. She pulled me aside to ask primarily two questions: 1. Where can I learn about the right social media tools to use? 2.

Review: The Little Book of Big Dividends

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’ve always found the idea of investing in stocks for dividends to be an intriguing one. In a very simplistic way, that means you buy stocks in individual companies that are very stable and have paid strong dividends for a long time.

"Her Happiness...Was Ever in the Future, Never Reached But Always Coming."

"Her happiness, like that of most of us, was ever in the future, never reached but always coming." --Anthony Trollope * Interested in starting your own happiness project? If you’d like to take a look at my personal Resolutions Chart, for inspiration, just email me at gretchenrubin1 [at] gmail [.com] -- and don't forget the "1".

When Financial Change Is Overwhelming

Mark writes in: I’ve been reading The Simple Dollar for a year or so and I’ve found it really inspirational. My problem is that I can’t get past the “inspirational” part. Several times, I’ve started to try to implement your tips.

30 Happiness Tips: Program Your Life for Optimum Enjoyment

For many of us, the goal of life isn't ultimate wealth, a massive amount of stuff, or the perfect car. It's happiness, plain and simple.Some people may be created happier than others, with enjoyment of life programmed into their hardwiring. For others, getting to happiness isn't always that simple. You weren't programmed that way.But like any programming, yours can be changed.

Reader Story: I Was Drowning in Debt

This guest post from Steven is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

Manvotional: The Greatness of Simplicity

from Self control, its kingship and majesty by William George Jordan, 1905 No character can be simple unless it is based on truth—unless it is lived in harmony with one’s own conscience and ideals. Simplicity is the pure white light of a life lived from within. It is destroyed by any attempt to live in harmony with public opinion.