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By John Wesley

An Article Guaranteed to Put Hair on Your Chest

Shave my chest hair for $10 Million?  Go to hell. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Anthony J. Gretz. Do you remember that part in The 40 Year-Old Virgin where Andy (Steve Carell) goes to a salon and gets his chest waxed? The camera focuses on his face as he screams and yells out a string of obscenities while strip after strip of hair is ripped from his body.

Would You Pay to Read YOUR OWN Blog?

The conversation swirling around this week’s earlier post, “Whose Blog Would You Pay to Read?” blew me away. But… Buried deep in the comment stream, professional blog consultant, Michael Martine of Remarkablogger.com fame asked a powerful question that got a bit lost in the shuffle. Thing is, it needs to be given more attention.

Emergencies Versus Opportunities

Tim writes in: We are working on our emergency fund. We put almost all of our extra income into the fund. The problem that I am wrestling with is that it is hard to watch opportunities go by while we work on this fund. It will take a year or two to fully fund our emergency fund (3 to 6 months). Example, I really wanted to buy some Ford stock when it was at $4 / share.

The case against the iPad

Timothy B. Lee is good friend of ours. He is a member of the Center for Information Technology at Princeton University and he blogs at Bottom-Up. Apple released a new product, called the iPad, yesterday. For those of you who don’t spend your days glued to Twitter, you can view all the details at Apple’s website. I’m not impressed.

Getting More Out of Your Job

Most people focus on their paycheck as the reward for their work. While it is true that this is a significant portion of what you get in exchange for your time and effort, there are often other benefits.

The New Frugality: Consume Less, Save More, Live Better

By Lynn Truong Last week on Patt Morrison I heard Chris Farrell talking about "The New Frugality" and the trend towards a sustainable lifestyle. (I actually called in and mentioned Wise Bread -- you can hear me on the segment.) I was stoked that he was familiar with Wise Bread (really, we're on his blog roll!).

Lapicientos, pencil holder

I love this one. It's the first hack I've seen on the Ikea pencil. A pencil holder from pencils! "We are 2creativo, a graphic and industrial design studio from Barcelona, Spain. We have an old hack we made 6 years ago, as we had to visit Ikea several times. It all came because we started collecting lots of pencils they give for free in Ikea, as we thought it was great to have a free material.

Personal Development: More Than Self-Motivation and Positive Thinking

Personal development happens when you finally decide to change the way you live your life for the better. It must be emphasized that the whole process is not only made up of good experiences or formal workshops.

Boxetti: Sleek minimalist furniture

If money were no object and I kept a spectacular flat in London as a second or third home, I would decorate it with furniture like this: The Boxetti furniture collection (beware of the music that starts playing when clicking on the link) by Rolands Landsbergs is a beautiful feat of minimalism.

Talking to Your Spouse About Money

By Sierra Black I have a guest post up on Get Rich Slowly about how to talk with your spouse about money. I had the privilege of interviewing financial counselor Lou Scatigna, aka The Financial Physician, for the article. Lou's not at all shy with his opinion. He told me straight up that a marriage where the couple can't agree about money is doomed.

Camping Tips for People Who Don’t Like Camping

Whenever people ask me how to save money on vacations, I always encourage them to consider camping instead of staying in a hotel.

Get Smashed: The Smashing Book Review

When I first heard that the Smashing Magazine was putting together a book, I naturally wondered what it could possibly contain. Pages filled with 100 Outstanding Websites that are Yellow?

Unclutterer goes shopping with The New York Times

When I started writing for Unclutterer, I didn’t have many expectations. I simply wanted to share the information I had learned about uncluttering and organizing with people who were seeking it. I knew how stressed and overwhelmed clutter and disorganization had made me feel, and thought I might be able to help a few people discover a more calm and enjoyable life.

Love and Money: Do Savers Seek Spenders?

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Social psychologists have found that people tend to choose their significant other based on similarities—similar attitudes, values, and even similar names. Those findings would seem to suggest that people with similar spending habits would be attracted to each other, too. But a working paper published last year found the opposite to be true.

7 Free Things That Will Shove Success in Your Face

Here are seven things that will help you succeed, and they don’t cost a penny.You see, success is not the result of good luck, being born in the right family, or intellectual superiority.