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By Chris Guillebeau

Unitasker Wednesday: Hot Potato

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! A game of Hot Potato plays like this: Someone walks to the kitchen and grabs a potato. This person then tosses the potato to a friend. That friend tosses the potato to someone else. The potato is thrown around a group of friends until someone drops the potato.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Freebies Edition

There is no such thing as a free lunch. From my experience, that’s completely true. Yet, I constantly advocate using free services all the time – the library, the parks, and so on. Lately, a few readers have called me on this seeming contradiction, pointing out that, indeed, these things have costs. We pay those costs when we pay our taxes.

3 Kitchen Hacks for Lazy Cheapskates

By Myscha Theriault Things have gotten increasingly busy at our house lately, and they don't seem to be slowing down. Three kitchen hacks in particular have helped me save time and energy costs when it comes to cleaning and food prep. Double compartment crock pot insert My extra large crock pot has been doing extra duty lately.

What Made You Care About Money?

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. I’ve discovered the secret to becoming financially responsible: Go into serious debt. Or get married, divorced, or pregnant. And reading a good book helps.

Albert mobile clothes rack

A mobile wardrobe. How about that? Liz goes nomading with an Albert rack, which kind of looks like a Gorm, yet not quite. "I hacked the Albert rack, or whatever this type of thing is called in English. My Ikea-hack is incredibly simple. It involves hacking two Albert racks/shelves into one closet. The reason behind my hack is my lifestyle, which is somewhat of an urban nomad.

Combatting backpack clutter

Reader Lisa, a college student, wrote in to Unclutterer asking if we might be able to help her with her backpack woes: Pens and pencils, chapstick, scissors, flash drives, cell phone, iPod, granola bars, random electronics cables, pens, calculators, flashcards, earrings, more pens … etc, etc.

Ride today, change the world

I'll be riding in Climate Ride at the end of the month. They are still looking for more riders. Here's what they have to say. Hope you might join in!How far would you pedal for a new energy future? Register now for Brita Climate Ride, a fully supported, 5-day charity bike ride from New York City to Washington DC, September 26 – 30, 2009.

David Byrne on the Perfect City

"If a city doesn't have sufficient density, as in L.A., then strange things happen." David Byrne outlines the particulars of his Platonic city.

How Simplicity Can Help Creativity, Briefly

Zenhabits argues that simplicity is the gateway to creativity, or at least a great topic for jump-starting the creative process.

Dancing in the Dark

“When I lost my possessions, I found my creativity.” A heartening, in-depth New Yorker story on how economic depressions can fuel the arts.

What Should You Start/Stop/Continue Doing?

Feedback exchange needs to be simple and action-oriented. We outline a streamlined, easy-to-implement version of the standard “review process.”

Every Man Should Be Able to Save His Own Life: 5 Fitness Benchmarks a Man Must Master

In 1926, strong man and physical culture enthusiast Earle Liederman wrote a book called Endurance. In it, Liederman makes the case that every man should be physically fit enough to save his own life in an emergency. He sets out five fitness benchmarks that indicate whether a man is up to this task. None require you to be able to bench press 500 pounds or have six pack abs.

Next Steps: Losing a Lucrative Gig

Most freelancers know that the role of any contractor comes with ebbs and flows. Things will go from super-busy to super-blah in a matter of days…or hours. But what happens when one of your well-paying jobs dries up?

The Simple Dollar Podcast #16: College Advice

The sixteenth episode of The Simple Dollar podcast deals with college advice. What did my own college experience teach me in terms of what’s most useful during your college years? Here’s a hint – too much time in the classroom is a negative.

"The Internet Is Both My Lifeline and the Plastic Bag Over My Head."

From time to time, I post short interviews with interesting people about their insights on happiness. During my research, I’ve noticed that I often learn more from one person’s highly idiosyncratic experiences than I do from sources that detail universal principles or cite up-to-date studies. My friend Marci Alboher is a massive connector.