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The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to the Farmers’ Market

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Shopping at a farmers’ market is a great way to eat healthier and support local agriculture, but if you’ve ever been to one, you know that the food isn’t cheap. When you’re used to fairly inexpensive tomatoes from the supermarket, the price of locally-grown, heirloom tomatoes can be a bit of a shock, leading some consumers to

7 Insanely Cool NYC Food Trucks

On a blistering afternoon in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, a small gathering of the coolest food trucks ever lined up to share their fare, leading to lines around the block.

Beyond Money: The Other Types of Riches

Do you want to be rich? Most of us equate "rich" with "money" – and we take it for granted that more money is a good thing. We daydream about winning the lottery and quitting our jobs, traveling the world, and buying all the expensive gadgets we want.Study after study, though, shows that more money doesn't make us happier.

Build a Business, Not Just a Client List

If you work for yourself, getting more clients is a no-brainer, right? Clients give you work. Work pays the bills. Do good work and you get a testimonial. Do this enough times and you get a great client list... which makes it easier to get more clients in future. It’s a virtuous circle.

5 Simple Ways to Beat Stress

Image courtesy of Designzzz Life today has become so complicated that we often feel suffocated by a little something called ‘Stress’. Whether it is an eight year old school boy, a thirty year old executive or a seventy year old retiree, everyone feels the stress at some point. But what exactly is Stress? Stress is the emotional and physical pressure we feel due to our surroundings.

Lessons in Manliness: Chiune Sugihara

Share In June of 1940, the Jews of Lithuania were worried. Some had just recently fled from Poland, narrowly escaping Hitler’s reach. They had hoped to find in Lithuania a safe haven. But the Soviets had moved to occupy the country and had begun making arrests, confiscating property, and harassing the Jewish population. At the same time, the German threat still loomed.

Review: Getting Organized in the Google Era

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. I’m pretty passionate about organization – after all, I named David Allen’s book Getting Things Done as one of the ten books that changed my life.

Dressed for Success, the Frugal Way

Anne writes in: After searching for most of a year after getting my degree, I finally found a great job which I’m starting just after Memorial Day. The problem is that I don’t know what to wear. I don’t want to stand out as being poorly dressed but I don’t want to dump thousands into a work wardrobe.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Unitasker Wednesday: The IceBlokThe IceBlok will do the EXACT same thing as a straw, but for way more money! An alternative to parchment paperFor less that what you will spend in a year on parchment paper, you can buy two reusable Silpat silicone baking mats — and save space, too, in your pantry. Six tips to help you make a changeWhat you need to successfully make a change and become a

Reader Story: I’m Done with Debt

This guest post from Andrew J. is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

How to Make Visa Obey Your Every Desire: The Credit Card Concierge Experiment

Photo: Andres Rueda The following post is a guest post by John Hargrave, whom I met in 2007 at SXSW. If you find large-scale pranks (Super Bowl, anyone?), impersonating celebrities, and other clever mischief amusing, he’s the king of the domain.

Manvotional: To Risk

To Risk To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out is to risk involvement, To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return, To live is to risk dying, To hope is to risk despair, To try is to risk failure. But risks must be take

Snowflaking and Goals

One of my favorite personal finance tactics is “snowflaking.” For those unaware, “snowflaking” refers to the idea that if you make little frugal steps throughout the month, you simply add the amount you saved with that method and include the total as an extra payment at the end of the month.

"Natual Inclinations Are Assisted...By Education, But They Are Hadly Ever Altered or Overcome."

"Natural inclinations are assisted and reinforced by education, but they are hardly ever altered or overcome.” -- Montaigne Do you agree or disagree? I agree, and I think about this quotation all the time, usually in the context of making decisions about my children's time -- that's why, in the end, I let my daughter quit Tae Kwon Do, instead of making her stick to it.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: May 1, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.