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By Gretchen Rubin

Eighteen “Best Money Tips” from the Facebook Fans (and My Comments)

Recently, I asked the fans of The Simple Dollar on Facebook what their favorite single money tip was. I got all kinds of responses from all kinds of angles. I thought I’d share some of them with you. I went through the list and started just pulling out ones that made me smile and before I knew it, I had eighteen.

Tupplur blinds used to display vintage destination blind

Materials: 2x Tupplur blinds Description: My husband and I own a vintage destination blind from Brisbane Australia which is over 3m in length. I had nowhere that high to hang it in my house but I didn't want to cut it up. My husband purchased two Ikea Tupplur blinds and used the mechanisms from them (top and bottom) so that we could display the tram scroll in one piece.

EXPEDITion Guatemala

Materials: Expedit shelves, MDF, upcycled burlap coffee sacks Description: After lining our office walls with EXPEDIT shelves, we realized we could never afford enough of the baskets that IKEA sells to fill all of the holes. To cover unsightly stored items, we fashioned "screens" out of MDF and covered them with burlap coffee sacks, scored from a local roaster.

Interview with Blanca

"If it weren’t for the Internet I would probably still be working on more corporate type projects."

The Future of Work (via Healthcare)

"It made us believe that discovery was the only hard part. Execution would be easy." An inspiring commencement speech from doctor/writer Atul Gawande.

Focus on Results, Not Time

Why more hours spent at the office doesn't necessarily mean more things accomplished...

Client Research: How Do You Do Your Homework?

When making contact with a client, do you know what they do? What they represent? Who they want to reach? In short, do you know who they are and what they do?

Unitasker Wednesday: The can grip

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Some weeks, I need to write a great amount of exposition about our featured unitasker because some folks might not be aware of how a product lacks utility. This is not one of those weeks.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 All-in-One Card StampThe All-in-One Card Stamp saves time, money, and headache … but is it practical? IF Mode folding bikeThis folding bicycle is aimed at city commuters looking for easy ways to store and ride a bike. Are you keeping duplicate items in your closet?Ultimately, a piece of clothing has a set life cycle and alternating or rotating its wear doesn’t change that fact. C

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Interesting Reader Emails Edition

Many of the most entertaining emails I receive from readers will never pop up in the reader mailbag. Lengthy personal attacks (including threatening statements about my children and my wife). Offers for intimate “meetups.” Long descriptions of horribly dysfunctional marriages.

Seven tips for managing the overwhelming to-do list

No matter how much planning, preparation, and winnowing of your schedule you do, there are still times when responsibilities can wreak havoc on your to-do list. Whether at work or at home, there will be days or weeks when a lot of things just have to get done.

Student Freelance from Both Sides of the Fence

I’m sure any freelancer that started his or her career while they were still in school has dealt with this at one point or another—the “student” factor. Call it what you may, but once a client or potential client knows you are a student doing freelance work, something changes.

Silver leaf dresser

Materials: Edland dresser, silver (aluminum) leaf, gilding size, varnish, wooden knobs, paint Description: I've needed a new dresser for a long time, and a mirrored one at that.

The Battle of the Bulge, and the Battle of the Budget

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the adviser for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. Summer’s here, so I’ve been working on my bikini body. But I’m not getting very far. I’ve lost about three pounds over the past three weeks.

What Are You So Afraid Of?

I get a lot of questions from people who read my articles or visit my site asking me if I can give them some specific steps to follow to get started making changes in their lives. Unfortunately, I don’t really have a step-by-step program for self improvement, so as much as I’d love to help, I can’t really tell them much other than to just get started. But I’m also happy to