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By Chanpory Rith

$8,000 To Buy a House

If you live in the US and haven’t owned a house in the last 3 years, the government will give you up to $8,000 if you buy one in 2009. The money is a refundable tax credit, which means you get it even if you owe no taxes in 2009. This shouldn’t be your only reason to buy, but it is worth keeping in mind.

The Do’s and Don’ts of D-I-Y Design

I know you thought I was dead and buried, but I’m slowly crawling my way out of a grave of cliché depression and angst. Thankfully, it’s not all’s gloom and doom. I’ve got good news to share:

8 Tools That Will Change Your Life: The Hold On to Your N.U.T.s Book Giveaway

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Wayne M Levine, M.A., Director of BetterMen.org and The West Coast Men’s Center If you’re tired of coming up short as a man, father, husband or leader, these eight BetterMen Tools will help you to change your relationships and your life.

Tata Nano - Is the world's cheapest car a blessing or a curse?

By Xin LuToday Tata Motors announced that the Tata Nano  will be released in India in July, 2009.  With a price tag of around $2,000, the Tata Nano is the cheapest car in the entire world.  Will this innovation change the world for the better or the worse? 

Can You Curse During a Gratitude Meditation?

We’ve all heard about studies that show that counting our blessings or doing some kind of gratitude meditation will boost happiness.

Tweet to Beat: Let Me Up the Ante (Plus: Vietnam School Video and Pics)

The smiles that greeted us at the preschools you helped build in Vietnam. (Photo: Matt) Thus far, the Tweet to Beat experiment has increased Twitter count from 22,500 to 29,276, which means $20,328 to U.S. public school students via Donorschoose (6,776 new followers x $3 each). This is good by any reasonable standard, but I’m not reasonable. So here’s what we’re going to do:

How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!

By Paul MichaelI’m a big fan of Howcast. Their website is a treasure trove of information, and you can also find their videos on popular sites like Metacafe and YouTube. Sometimes their advice is really useful, sometimes it’s just plain weird, but it’s always very entertaining. Howcast videos also end with a handy dandy fact; the icing on the cake so to speak.

A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Big Goals Achievable

Here are a few recent emails I’ve received. From Connie: Over the last few years, I’ve taught myself to play acoustic guitar and lately I’ve started writing a lot of songs. I’d like to record them and share them with others and maybe eventually start playing concerts, but every time I think about it, I want to do something else. It just seems so big. And Andy:

Listen to The Personal Finance Hour on Mondays at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern)

Join us this afternoon for the premier episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. I’ll be co-hosting the show with Jim from Bargaineering at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern).

More Efficient Emails

When working with businesses, one problem I see over and over again is people who don’t know how to write an efficient email.  For example, I was helping a business put processes into place to streamline their help desk.  Some of the requests that were coming into the tracking system just boggled my mind.

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Google Voice

Grand Central is becoming Google Voice.  While it isn’t open for the public just yet, it is a step closer.  If you have a Grand Central account you can convert it to Google Voice.  There are a quite a few new features.  Some of the big ones are: Voicemail transcription, free outgoing (and incoming) calls, and SMS messaging.

Downsizing in Scotland

Preparing for a move can be one of the most stressful experiences in life. This is especially true when you are selling and purchasing at the same time. Can a move to a smaller home make the experience less stressful? When preparing to move to a smaller home, Alison and Bill McCulloch of Bonnyrigg, Scotland, made a stress-free move by paring down their possessions to the extreme.

How to: Share iTunes Media With All Your Computers

Most households today have more than one computer. Whether it's kids/parents, work/personal, or some other mix, multi-pc homes are now very common. With multiple computers comes freedom, but also some pain in accessing common files such as music, photos and videos. Setting up one central place to store a household’s media files and access via iTunes makes sense.

Reader Mailbag #55

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags.