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By Tim Ferriss

30 Days to a Better Man Day 24: Play!

When you think fondly about your boyhood days, you probably think about the time you spent playing. While we now associate playing with toys, your best memories probably don’t involve plastic crap at all.

Your Secret Credit Scores

During yesterday’s episode of The Personal Finance Hour, Jim and I spoke with Liz Pulliam Weston, financial columnist and credit score expert. Weston provided background on how the credit scoring system works, and offered tips for how to maintain (and improve) your credit score.

The Simple Dollar Podcast #4: Food

The fourth episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on food. I talk about ten tactics for reducing your food bills without reducing health and taste and include a lot of recipes and food suggestions along the way. I also tried a different approach - instead of reading from detailed notes, I tried a more conversational tack.

Running, Conversation, Commitment, and a Blue Sweater.

From time to time, I post short interviews with interesting people about their insights on happiness.

The Have-Done List

A to-do list is what most people see as the pinnacle of personal productivity.  You set a plan, work the plan, and the check items off the list. To-do lists can be a great.  They help you focus on what is important instead of just what happens to be on your mind. However, there are times when creating a to-do list isn’t the best thing.

Kindle DRM

It sounds like the digital rights management on the Kindle isn’t as clear cut as it sounds. Worth reading if you are thinking about getting a Kindle. Follow Productivity501 on Twitter.. ---Related Articles at Productivity501:Kindle 2Kindle Books on iPhoneAmazon KindlePaperless with the Kindle

15 Manly Smells

Smells can conjure up some powerful memories. The smell of pine needles can take you back to childhood Christmases or the smell of a laundry detergent can remind you of home. For me, there are certain smells that I’ve come to associate with manliness.

Convenient dry goods delivery from Alice.com

A couple months ago, I was given the opportunity to be a beta-beta tester for Alice.com.

The Personal Finance Chore List

When I sit back, take a breather, and evaluate the things I have on my plate, I often find that lots of little personal finance tasks have built up. I’d like to finish my emergency information binder. I’d like to spend some more time researching various Vanguard index funds. I’d like to get caught up on my filing - I have a few months’ worth of papers just sitting in a box,

Common Car-Dealer Tricks

When I bought my used Mini Cooper in April, things didn’t go exactly as I’d planned. Part of this was because I hadn’t done enough research. But a lot of it was because the dealer had some tricks up its sleeve and I did not. At Car and Driver, Jared Gall has compiled a list of car dealer tricks to watch for when buying a vehicle.

5 Ways to Go Green During a Recession

During a recession it helps to look at any means to save money. The more conscious we are of the fact that we throw money down the drain, the more dollars and cents we save in the process. Every bit counts and you'd be surprised at the difference it can make in your weekly budget.By implementing green tips at the same time you'll not only help your own pocket, but also planet Earth.

Bookcases to bay window seat

Cindy always wanted a window seat/bay window thing in her living room. Here's how she fulfilled her wish with a few Traby bookcases.She says, "I adapted some Traby bookcases to form a window seat that doubles as a daybed for visiting guests!The units are basically different size Traby shelf units doubled up so that it's wide enough to be a bed.

Are you keeping duplicate items in your closet?

I’ve always heard that if you have two pairs of jeans (or any kind of clothes), that you’ll get longer life out of them by alternating them on a daily basis instead of wearing one pair until they wear out and then wearing the second pair.

Linkswitch: The Web for Freelancers

There have been some interesting discussions on the FreelanceSwitch forums over the last few days: one of them is Client won’t approve designs. Can’t move forward. ADVICE?. Our forum members chimed in with some excellent advice. Are you trapped in the wrong freelance profession?

Remembering My Mom's Lessons About Waste

As you may know, Japan has lower per capita carbon emissions than any Western European country. For that reason, I asked my friend, Sean Sakamoto, who recently moved to Japan and who blogs at I'd Rather Be In Japan, to check in with us every so often.