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By Leo Babauta

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Gaming Site Update Edition

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was working in collaboration with a friend on a site focused on board and card gaming, and I also promised to give you guys updates on any progress on the site. Unfortunately, my friend has made the decision to drop out of the project, mostly out of a desire to not have to commit to any sort of standard writing schedule.

Read Stuff You Don’t Understand

If you want to grow you must push yourself beyond where you are at. Sometimes this means reading material that you don’t completely understand.

110 Ideas to Get More Freelance Work and Generate New Client Leads

Credit: TheGiantVermin on Flickr Whether they’re designers, developers, copywriters, or some other creative professional, most freelancers ask themselves the very same question: How can I find more clients? We’ve updated our monster list of over a hundred ideas designed to help you do just that.

Would You Rather Own the List or the Product?

If you’d asked me this question 10 years ago, I would have said, “the product.”As an entrepreneur and a “maker,” I’ve always worked on the assumption that the catbird seat belonged to the one who created the thing being sold.Now, I’m not so sure.Until recently, in all of my professional endeavors, I’ve been the one who created the experience other pe

Responsibilities of ownership

One of the downsides of owning a lot of things is you have to care for a lot of things. Caring for copious possessions is simple if you have a team of people to do it for you — cleaning, maintenance, security — but not so simple when you’re the one with all the responsibilities. I’m not an ascetic. I have stuff. My son has toys, and our family has a car.

How to “Cheat” on Your Taxes — Legally

This is a Guest Post by Richard Close. As a former IRS Revenue Officer, Richard “stole” $10 Million for the IRS. Now he works to help American taxpayers. Richard writes IRS news and updates daily on his website, The IRS Hitman. You can find answers to common tax questions in his knowledge vault. Ah, tax season. That time of year where people grouse about the greedy government.

What Frugality REALLY Means: It's Not About Being Cheap

Frugality. It's not exactly an alluring word, is it? Most of us worry that being frugal means living a bleak, depressing life, missing out on "normal" society.The truth is, frugality simply means applying a bit of thought to how you spend your money.

How to Love the Life You Already Have

You’ve probably heard the old saying “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” Perhaps you feel like it’s true. You look at other people’s lives, and you envy them. They seem to be doing so much better than you. They’ve got a great job. Lots of money. A happy home life. They seem to have it all.

Video: Self-knowledge -- Ask Youself, "Whom Do I Envy?" "What Do I Lie About?"

2011 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2011 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2011 a happier year -- and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- welcome! This month’s theme is Self-knowledge. Last week’s resolution was to Imitate a spiritual master. Did you try that resolution? Did it boost your happiness?

The Time Value of Money (or Why 25 Years of Cable TV Doesn’t Cost as Much as You Think)

This guest post is from Stephen Popick, a government economist and founder of Coffeecents.org, a personal finance program for young adults. Popick is the long-time administrator of the Get Rich Slowly discussion forums.

How I Found Love (Again)

Photo by aeschleah By Cat Li Stevenson “It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” ~ Sally Field Recently, my husband and I had several arguments—one after another, each fueled by the prior.

It’s Harder to Get Started Today

Over the past weekend, I had a long conversation with a man in our community who was nearing retirement age. He felt comfortable about his own coming retirement, but he seemed very pessimistic that his children would ever be ready to retire.

Hey, got a Second? How to Stop Being an Interruption Magnet

If you feel like interruptions are constantly holding you back at work then it may be time to admit you have a problem. You're an interruption magnet.Yes, distractions aren't always your fault.

Hamster-Villa above TV

Materials: Bonde Description: In my Bonde-furniture now lives our little Hamster "Hämpfelina". I took out the shelves and everything else. Then I fixed windows of plexi-glass and installed everything for a playful hamster-life! We have now a lot of fun to see the hamster run around! ~ Carola, Switzerland

In case of death …

No one likes to think about his or her death. However, not thinking about it doesn’t mean it won’t one day happen. Not thinking about it also can put an undue burden on those you leave behind.