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By Gretchen Rubin

Teaser: The 2011 Get Rich Slowly Video Contest is Coming!

Can you feel it in the air? It’s almost time for the second annual Get Rich Slowly video contest! Last year, to celebrate this site’s fourth anniversary, we invited readers to submit short videos sharing financial tips and success stories.

Create Time to Change Your Life

Post written by Leo Babauta. When I decided to change my life a little over 5 years ago, I had a very common problem: I didn’t have the time. I wanted to exercise and find time for my family and eat healthier (instead of the fast-food junk I’d been eating) and read more and write and be more productive and increase my income. Unfortunately there are only 24 hours in a day, and we sleep

A Collection of Free Kindle Resources

Dinner With My Family is taking a one week hiatus due to a cavalcade of visiting family and an inability to get good pictures of a meal. Tune in next week for the series’ return. On Monday, Sarah gave me a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift – a Kindle.

Stainless bowl hanging planter

Materials: Blanda 14" stainless bowl Description: 1. Drill-guide jig is cut out (using radial saw) for lip of bowl and held in place with clamps. Underneath is a piece of cardboard marked with the locations of the 4 holes. 2. Tools: drill with self-pilot bit, hammer, center punch, wire cutters, another drill with countersink bit, and swaging tool. 3.

The Basement Barbell Workout

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joe Hashey. Being one of four boys my parents had to do something to get our energy out without destroying the house. Their solution: a 300 lb barbell set. My father picked it up at a garage sale and we all thought it was the coolest thing ever! The weights were a dark black and had been spray painted over a few times to hide the rust spots.

Ask Unclutterer: Pesky plastic bags

Reader Robert submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: When I get back from shopping I keep getting plastic bags for every little thing I buy … I know, I know, I should be bring my own bag, but I tend to forget to take one with me when I go out. The problem now is that I’ve got a nice collection of plastic bags and I’m wondering what to with them.

Upholstered Lack coffee table

Materials: A lack table, a Vyssa Slummer kids mattress, some wheels, wood and a board from the hardware store, a little Velcro and some synthetic leather Description: This first step is optional: I shortened the legs of the table, inserted wood in the hole that it created and screwed some wheels onto that.

Is a College Degree a Piece of Paper … or Something More?

So often, when I see advice regarding a college education, people speak of a college degree as some sort of magic ticket that will raise your income level. “A college degree is worth $500,000 more income over a person’s lifetime” or something to that effect is constantly touted. This idea often pops up in the questions I get from readers.

You Suck

…the air out of a room when you make it all about you.…the life out of everyone around you when you make it all about you.…the joy out of every endeavor when you make it all about you.…the lightness out of every quest when you make it all about you.…the potential out of every business when you make it all about you.++++You fill.…every room,…every person,&#

Stolmen Floating TV Stand, So Simple Anybody Can Do It!

Materials: x2 Ikea Stolmen Posts, x2 Ikea Clothes Rail 43 1/4", x4 Ikea End Fixtures, x1 generic universal 32- 60" LCD TV flush wall mount, x4 rope binding hooks, x6 1/4"x1" hexagon bolts with nuts, x6 flat washers, x6 locking washers, Screwdriver, Wrench, Pliers, Ruler, Level Description: I started this project because I wanted to have a cool way to mount my newly purchased 55" LCD television.

Workspace of the Week: Creative desktop storage solutions

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Ron Ron’s ingenious workspace: When I came upon Ron Ron’s office, I knew I had to feature it the same week we had a banana-themed unitasker. If you look at his headphones, you’ll see that they’re stored on a Banana Hanger. Genius! The banana hanger does a marvelous job at keeping the headphones from cluttering up the desk.

The Guide to Crazy Comment Personality Types – Part 3

Well, this is it people. You’ve read Part 1 and Part 2 of our Crazy Comment Personality Guide. Although there is a heap more crazy on the Internet, this week we’re going to wrap up our tour of the crazy comment personality types you will most likely face on your blog. Hopefully you have learned through these articles how to identify these special people and deal with them.

Redbox vs. iTunes vs. Netflix vs. Blockbuster

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Sometimes I think that Netflix was the best thing to ever happen to me (er, besides my wonderful husband, of course). You see, when I was a Blockbuster customer, I was notoriously bad about racking up late fees. I would flat-out forget I even had a movie to return.

Don't Overthink Life! Think Less and Get Happy

Babies have the charisma to melt anybody’s heart instantly; no one escapes the twinkling eyes or the innocent smile. Just their presence will cheer you up, make you forget your worries and tempt you to indulge into their world.

It’s Alright: We All Need a Little Reassurance Sometimes

Are you looking to be reassured about something in your life just now? Perhaps, a few words of support that would make you feel much better at this time. Well-placed words of reassurance can have a massive impact.