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Redfin: The Greatest Real Estate Website Ever

By WC Porter Buying a home is one of the most stressful, nerve-racking experiences in the world—and I haven't even bought one yet. M and I almost made an offer on a place we technically shouldn't have. And we've seen a couple of places we really, really liked. But still no dice. Throughout the whole search, there has been one constant: Redfin.

Slash Your Grocery Bill With Store-Brand Products

The October 2009 issue of Consumer Reports contains an article extolling the virtues of generic store-brand products. While shoppers used to sacrifice quality when choosing generic, that’s no longer the case. From the article: If concern about taste has kept you from trying store-brand foods, hesitate no more.

47 Ways to Fine Tune Your Brain

Your brain is a complex organ. It is the controller of your body, your thoughts, your state of mind and your ultimately your life.

Flattening the Never Finishing Monster

We want to again welcome guest author Alex Fayle, the writer and professional organizer behind the helpful anti-procrastination website Someday Syndrome. This is his third post of three in a series on fighting procrastination. We’ve vanquished the Getting Started Monster, conquered the No Momentum Monster and now all that’s left is to finish up.

Use Salesmanship to Energize Your Organization

A few sales techniques that can be used to excite your team (hint: creating aspiration is a powerful move).

Diary of a Social Venture Start-up: The Online Reading List

A great list of inspirational entrepreneurial blogs from GOOD magazine.

Backpacking Basics

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jeff Rose. Mr. Rose is an Illinois Certified Financial Planner and co-founder of Alliance Investment Planning Group. He is also the author of Good Financial Cents, a financial planning and investment blog.

My New Ebook: The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life

“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.” - Richard Halloway Post written by Leo Babauta.

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 20: Spending Smart with Greg Karp

On this week’s installment of The Personal Finance Hour, Jim and I spent the hour talking with nationally-syndicated financial columnist Greg Karp. Greg is the author of The 1-2-3 Money Plan, which I reviewed last week.

The Beginning of the Allowance

Over the last week or so, my wife and I have been discussing when to start giving an allowance to our oldest child, Joe, who is almost four years old (long-time readers may recall that Joe was still a baby when The Simple Dollar started… where does the time go?).

Twilight, Team Jacob, Simone Weil, and "Real Good."

I’m a huge fan of Twilight (books and movie) -- a fact about myself that continues to fascinate and puzzle me. Because of my fandom, I spend a little more time reading Twilight-related internet stuff than is strictly efficient.

4 Day Workweek 3 Day Weekend

On April Fools day, I made a post about working all 40 hours of your work week at once and then having the rest of the week off.

Inside the Online Shoe Utopia

Fantastic behind-the-scenes New Yorker article on shoe giant Zappos' unique company culture and its creator, Tony Hsieh.

Framing up your entertainment center

This is a pretty interesting entertainment set up from Tien. The frame does "hold" the ensemble together and makes an eye-catching wall feature. And the Chinese opera faces is a nice touch. "I just wanted to show you my Ikea hack now that it's all done. I wanted a simple, uncluttered system. Luckily, I only have a few components.

Prioritizing uncluttering and organizing projects

Reader Jane wrote in and asked us how she should decide where to begin uncluttering and organizing in her home. I got the feeling from her e-mail that she feels overwhelmed by the tasks ahead of her and doesn’t know where to start. I always suggest starting in one of three ways: Small. Tackling a drawer or single shelf in a cupboard can be a simple step moving in the right direction.