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Digging Deep: Writing About Money Without Repetition, Burnout, or Self-Commercialization

Recently, several readers have written to me bringing up various points about writing about money. Edward writes: I’ve been a reader of The Simple Dollar for two years. Sometimes it feels like you’re saying the same thing over and over. Jamie writes: You really should run more ads.

The Accidental Slumlord

Several years ago — as I was clawing my way out of debt — I did a dumb thing and subscribed to Newsweek. I didn’t subscribe for just one year — I subscribed for four. As penance, I wrote an early GRS article about how having too many magazine subscriptions is un-frugal. Recently, though, I’ve come to love my Newsweek subscription.

Interview: Computer Setup

In the next part of our technology interview, we asked a number of people: Describe your computer system setup and tell what parts you feel are most important for your productivity. (679) I was surprised at how many Mac users we had.  Obviously everyone’s setup is based around their particular needs, but there are some great tips in here. OS X itself is great for my productivity.

How to save BIG

By Xin Lu A friend recently told me that someone she knows is so cheap that he would not let her use paper towels at his place.  Yet at the same time he complains about not having enough money and lives in a very expensive apartment and drives a brand new car.  I also know some similar folks who seem to be tightfisted about everything except for one or two big expenses in their lives.&n

So You Want My Job: Antarctic Driller/Researcher

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable man jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Today we feature a man who took a job thousands of miles away from home, and the ordinary.

And the winner of the FranklinCovey briefcase giveaway is …

Thank you to EVERYONE (all 1294 of you!) who participated in our FranklinCovey briefcase giveaway. We never expected so many entries! Wow! At 10:00 a.m. ET this morning, I closed the comments and counted up the entries.

September 23, 2005

On that day, I wrote the following entry in my personal journal (edited just a bit): Sometimes I feel like my life is completely without purpose and I’m just following some invisible pattern that someone else has put into place. Today was a typical day. But every day is a typical day. I woke up about 6:30 and said good bye to Sarah as she left.

3 Steps For Freelance Due Diligence

Before most companies will sign a contract, they complete their ‘due diligence’: they look into the company they’ll be working with, check out references and generally do everything they can to minimize risks that a project won’t be completed or they won’t get paid. Most companies will take a close look at freelancers they’re handing projects off to.

Ikea home for chicks

It constantly amazes me how Ikea hackers find new ways to use good old Ikea goodies.

An Investor’s Manifesto: 20 Guiding Principles for Investment Success

Knight Kiplinger is the editor-in-chief and a columnist for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, one of the “big three” money magazines.

Zip and Dry apron

On page 42 of the July issue of Real Simple magazine, there is a picture of a wonderfully ingenious multi-purpose apron (at right).

How to Clear a Massively Crowded Inbox

In a few months I'm starting what I hope to be a yearlong adventure around the world. Because of this, I'm going to have far less time online than I currently have available. Therefore, I really need to streamline my operations in regards to internet activity.Quite simply, before I leave, I have to make all my operations as simple as possible.

What does success mean to you?

A friend told me of an experiment today. He said that a researcher would leave a four-year-old in a room with a marshmallow and tell the kid that he would be gone a few minutes. The kid was allowed to eat the marshmallow, but if it was still there when the researcher got back, the researcher said, then the kid could have two marshmallows instead.Here's what happened.

30 Days to a Better Man Day 18: Find Your N.U.T.s

Editor’s note: You’ve probably noticed that Wayne Levine has become a regular contributor to AoM; he writes the “Ask Wayne” column that runs on the site every other Thursday. You probably also have noticed that in his columns, he often refers to knowing your N.U.T.s.

The Different Types of Loans: A Primer

By Nora Dunn The other day a friend of mine asked me about different loan types, as she was on her way to the bank to consolidate some high-interest credit card debt.