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The Art of Letter Writing: Stationery

We previously began a series of posts on the lost art of letter writing. In hopes of resurrecting this splendid tradition, we will be presenting various posts on all the ins and outs of classic correspondence.

Best of Personal Finance: El Nino is Coming Edition

By Andrea Dickson Former and current Bank of America employees discuss how the bank's corporate policy encouraged getting low-income and minority customers into high levels of debt, because everyone loves a default.

How Low Can You Go? Dal, Chilean Style

In April and May, National Public Radio featured a series on inexpensive gourmet dishes entitled How Low Can You Go?” Although many of the dishes looked quite tasty, most of the dishes weren’t actually all that inexpensive, often narrowly getting below $10 to feed a family of four, and many involved arduous cooking processes.

The Healthy and Fit Algorithm

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Adam Gilbert of MyBodyTutor.com. Since I’ve quit my job, I’ve helped countless people change their lives for the better via one word: Consistency. And I want to help you too! My idea for this post was to make a rule based post. Call it the healthy and fit algorithm.

The Secret Is Not To Care.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. A friend told me this story, and I’ve never forgotten it, though the following anecdote about G.

Bezos, Are You Listening?

Massive missed opportunity by amazon… So, I’m sitting at lunch with a good friend, talking about how I got an amazon kindle for father’s day. And, she whips out hers as well.

Tips for Avoiding a Foreclosure Prevention or Loan Modification Scam

By Xin Lu Rising home loan delinquencies and foreclosures have made con artists very  busy.  These scammers use the public records to find homeowners who are in trouble, and then use a variety of schemes to take the homeowners'  money and property in the name of helping the homeowner avoid foreclosure.   If you have late payments on your home loan then it is likely that y

Ask Unclutterer: Having it all

Reader April asked the following question in the comments section of a recent post: How do you have time for all of this - running a blog, writing a book, all of these musical activities & all the other stuff you seem to do? At the time she posted the question, I responded that the answer can be found in my upcoming book — which, is true.

Rule #4: Eliminate (and Avoid) High Interest Debt.

A reader asked me if I could break down my ideas into a handful of principles. After some careful thought, I came up with a list of fourteen basic “rules” that summarize my money and life philosophy. I’ll be presenting these as a weekly series. This rule is about as subtle as a sledgehammer, of course.

How to Handle a Missed Deadline

I’ve been self-employed for almost 4 years and never once had I missed a client deadline. However, last week I came uncomfortably close. So close, that I was prepping myself for the “we’re not gonna make it” speech. What was I to say? How was I to approach the client?

First Step to Escaping the Cubicle For Good: Set A Date

Have you ever fantasized about quitting your day job? Have you ever woken up on a Monday morning and dragged yourself into work, wishing you could do something else for a living? Do you hold your tongue through pointless meetings?

Employee or Entrepreneur? The Pros and Cons of Self-Employment

In my recent review of Pam Slim’s Escape from Cubicle Nation, Chett left the following comment: I was talking with a good friend last week who is self-employed. I told him I envied his entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to “go it alone.” He told me he envied my work as a teacher and the set hours and guaranteed pay check and insurance.

When to Use Savings to Pay Off Debt

By Philip Brewer One of the most common questions over on the Wise Bread forums is some variation on, "I have $X in savings but $Y in credit card debt. Should I use the savings to pay down the debt?" The answer, of course, depends on your situation--and there's a reason why the question keeps showing up.

Workspace of the Week: Keeping the home in home office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Heybraky’s shared office: I really liked the description that accompanied the first photograph: Home office. New York City. My wife and I both work from home. We wanted something that felt like “home”, but still “office” enough to be able to focus. My wife’s favorite spot is the couch.

Eight Accessible Ways to Go Green in your Home

Living lightly on the Earth now is imperative if your children are to have a world to live on in the future. Unfortunately, many people think that being eco-conscious costs too much.