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By Leo Babauta

45 Manly Hobbies

Back in the day, leisure time was not thought of as a chance to “veg out,” but as opportunity to pursue one’s passions and interests, an outlet for the sides of a man that were not stimulated in one’s career. Unfortunately, we now often spend our leisure time camped out in front of the TV or computer.

The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side

It always looks better. The other side, the grass on the other side. Not just the grass, also the neighbor's wife, your friend's sports car, your boss's apartment, your colleague's job and how ever many examples you want to hear.So many people are not entirely satisfied with what they have. They think that all the above examples would be a better way to live their lives.

Wallet Garden Helps Protect You from ID Theft

I had lunch with my friend Matt last week. Matt runs the popular community blog Metafilter, where the seeds of Get Rich Slowly were sown. As we ate our pre-Christmas tamales, we chatted about our respective websites. I mentioned that Charlie Park, who runs PearBudget, is acting as a technical reviewer for Your Money: The Missing Manual. “You know,” I said.

Trimming the Average Budget: Housing and Shelter

This is part of an ongoing series about how to trim the budget of the average American. As this series focuses on such broad-based tips, some will work for you and some will not.

Links of Interest from LifeRemix

Eight Tactics for Dealing with Professional Burnout-The Simple Dollar This article gives helpful advice about dealing with the feelings that often come with working at the same vocation for many years.

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.