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By John Wesley

Reader Mailbag #79

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. I have a very good friend, who is also very frugal.

On holiday

The Unclutterer team is off celebrating Labor Day today. We’ll return tomorrow with regular postings. If you’re in the U.S., we hope that you’re also enjoying this day off from work.

Freelance Freedom #121

Further Adventures in My War on Stuff

Long-time readers of Get Rich Slowly know that I’ve been waging an ongoing battle against Stuff — the clutter and crap I managed to collect during 20 years of wanton spending and debt.

Dump Your To-Do List and Keep Your Sanity

An argument for occasional to-do list purges.

On Prototyping: The Simplest Solution Never Comes First

Serious people don’t do napkin drawings. The designers of Herman Miller's new Setu chair, Studio 7.5, on rigorous prototyping and long lunches.

7 Reasons to Eat More Saturated Fat

Photo: Eduardo Amorim I’ve invited Dr. Michael Eades and Dr.

Linkswitch #7

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Review: The Assertiveness Workbook

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal development, personal growth, or career book. Over the past several months, I’ve reviewed a lot of books about entrepreneurship, building relationships with others, and climbing the career ladder. All of these techniques have one thing in common: they require you to stand up for yourself and be assertive.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 E-mail: The great time wasterHow do you structure your day to keep e-mail from becoming a huge time suck? Unitasker Wednesday: USB mini fridgeThis mini fridge plugs into any USB port and cools your beverage to a chilling 45 degrees. More than a tv standSony has come up with a clever tv stand that is comprised of speakers. The uncluttered exercise routineAre you looking for a simple exercise

You Can’t Take It With You

A while back, a reader suggested that I watch the 1938 Frank Capra movie You Can’t Take It With You, featuring Lionel Barrymore and Jimmy Stewart. I recently had a chance to sit down and watch the film and it left my mind flooded with thoughts about money and why we really chase it. The plot of the movie is very straightforward.

Seth's Blog: Enormity

99% speaker Seth Godin touches on the importance of breaking things down (campaigns, problems, tasks) into their smallest parts for maximum impact.

Manvotional: Thomas Carlyle’s Advice to Young Men

Back in 1852, a young man wrote Scottish writer, historian, and educator Thomas Carlyle asking for suggestions on books to read. A small Scottish provincial newspaper published Carlyle’s response.  In his response, Carlyle advises the young man to stay away from fluff, study history, and read about ideas he’s curious about.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 5, 2009

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, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week.

Have cupcake and eat it, well, light it!

Erik is the guy who gave us the foosball rail! He's back and he's serving cupcakes. Aren't they just sweet? "We threw a cupcake birthday party for my friend's daughter and I knocked together a couple of cupcake lamps. I used: Ekas shades in off-white, Hemma cord sets, Smycka artificial flowers, lace bowls and plates from the thrift store.