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Best of Personal Finance Roundup: Does Your Investment Strategy Need to be on Ritalin?

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.

Seven Secrets of Good Presentations

Over the last few months, I’ve given a small pile of presentations related to The Simple Dollar, my upcoming book, and other topics. Along the way, I’ve learned several things about what constitutes a good presentation and what constitutes a failure. Here are the seven key things I’ve learned, which you can take away to make your own presentations better. 1.

Make Sure the “Fun” is Fun for YOU.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now.

Household Budgeting Made Easy

This is a guest post by Austin Frakt, a health economist and university professor. You can find more by Austin at The Incidental Economist, a blog about personal finance, economics, and health care, among other things. Budgeting is the cornerstone of personal finance. You can’t make a rational financial decision without knowing the state of your cash flow.

Spending on Your Passion

Recently, I picked up two Le Creuset 5 1/2 quart French ovens on a special deal. I’ve been slowly upgrading our kitchen implements and I’ve wanted to upgrade our cracked ceramic casseroles with enameled cast iron that can be used over a burner and also thrown in an oven for baking purposes. They were expensive, far more than the ceramic items we originally purchased for casseroles.

2009 Gift Giving Guide: Ultimate uncluttering

In our fourth installment of Unclutterer’s 2009 Holiday Gift Giving Guide we’re discussing the ultimate gift of our Guide. In 2008, our ultimate gift selection was the Kindle (now also available with a 9.7″ display). In 2007, it was the Fujitsu ScanSnap (PC and Mac). For 2009, we’re proclaiming *Ta Da* Unclutter Your Life in One Week as the ultimate uncluttered gift.

Ikea desk with flight simulator

Norman adds "flight simulator support" to his desk. "I moved across the country and did not bring any furniture with me, only belongings. I was looking for a desk to house my computer, but had some criteria. I like to flight sim on the PC therefore I had a yoke and throttle unit that I had to accomodate.

When You Need to Subcontract

Subcontracting can be useful for a freelancer: maybe a client wants a complete website and expects you to handle everything from design to content. If you’re primarily a web designer, you can subcontract the parts of the project dealing with content to a writer. You can wind up with some extra income from the project if you do it right.

Time Management: How an MIT Postdoc...

A major overachiever's account of how limiting time spent on a subject increases productivity.

Eight Ways to Kill An Idea

Fishbowl (idea), meet toilet (idea sent by email).

Important Tasks

Have you ever started a day with some great ideas of everything you want to accomplish, but suddenly it is 6pm and you have nothing to show for your day?  While it is probably impossible to keep this from ever happening, we can minimize it by doing something very simple: Do something important first. That isn’t really an amazing idea, but it is very very powerful.  If you can, early in t

Happy Thanksgiving 2009

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States — my favorite holiday. I like that we set aside a day each year to be grateful for the things we have. I have much to be thankful for this year — I’ve been very fortunate. A lot of this is because of this site, and because of my interaction with you, the readers.

Happy Thanksgiving from The Simple Dollar

Today, I’m spending the day with my family, enjoying some turkey, taking a nap, playing a few games, and kibbitzing with people I love. Wherever you are today (whether you’re in the United States or not), take a moment to look at the good things in your life and ask yourself what you can do the rest of the year to help and preserve those things.

How to Survive Black Friday

It may be the biggest shopping day of the year, but it’s also the most dangerous.

A LED room divider

Divide your room with lights. This one is from XedMada. "It's quite simple really, for each unit you need just one Orgel paper lamp and one Dioder color LED unit. Take two of the bars from a Dioder LED kit, gently slide them under the bars on the top front inside of the paper shade of the Orgel paper lamp shade. Be careful not to poke a hole in the paper.