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By J.D. Roth

An uncluttered holiday gathering

If I were hosting a holiday meal this year, it would probably involve lots of steamed and pureed vegetables, baby cereal, and maybe — if my guests were lucky — a few bottles of wine.

Managing Money When You’re Paid Infrequently

Most of us are lucky. We’re paid every week, every other week, twice a month, or monthly, and this makes it easy to make ends meet each month. Some of us, however, live different lives. Freelancers, for example, are paid on a highly irregular schedule. Many graduate students receive only stipends three or four times per year.

Staying Productive During the Holiday Break

One of the most frustrating things to me is when I’m trying to get work done over the holidays and get nothing but away messages. It seems like everyone in the world takes a few weeks off, even when they are in the office.

Expedit hamster home

Martina from Austria probably has the luckiest hamster in the world. Here's the home she built for Sonic the hamster. "I am an adult keeping a little dwarf hamster. I don't like the traditional cages - I find them indescribably ugly and also most of them are much smaller than the space recommendations given by animal rights organizations.

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

This is a guest post from Francine Huff, a freelance journalist and the author of The 25-Day Money Makeover for Women. She has appeared on a variety of TV and radio shows. Visit her web sites Huff Writes and Super Savvy Spender. Whether through recent news articles or over the water cooler, you’ve probably heard something about reverse mortgages.

Ten Tips for an Emergency Energy Boost.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Ten tips for an emergency energy boost. When your energy level is low, everything feels like a chore -- even things would ordinarily make you happy. Holiday time can be draining, with lots of shopping, cooking, traveling, decorating, meeting, greeting, etc. to deal with.

Nine Simple Things to Do to Get Ready for Tax Season Right Now!

With Christmas comes the new year, and with the new year comes the painful cycle of preparing one’s taxes. I personally loathe tax time – to me, it’s an example of how the government simply doesn’t work very well at all. The tax code should not be tens of thousands of pages in length when it’s expected that everyone navigate it.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: Where to Find Free Antibiotics

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. In this article, we'll tell you where you can find free antibiotics, 45 of the weirdest college scholarships, and how to frugally and naturally fight seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Unitasker Wednesday: Gift Wrap Cutter

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Scissors are so obsolete. Sure, they have efficiently and effectively cut billions of things for more than 3,500 years, but whatever. You’re not into multi-taskers.

Expedit shelving unit as an open kitchen bar

Solangie transformed an Expedit shelving unit into a bar counter for an open kitchen. Nice one. "I bought the Expedit shelving unit and placed it horizontally. Then went to Home Depot and bought two peace of lumber 2x4 and made a base to bring it up by 7".

Peter Daniel Frazier’s minimalist office escape

Most of us consider an uncluttered workspace to consist of an office with well-executed organization and minimal distraction. Peter Daniel Frazier, architect of the “Cube,” has taken the entire uncluttered workspace concept in a new, upward direction with his innovative home office: The minimalist office is fully integrated into the surrounding forest.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Preparing your car for a road tripGuest author John Walton gives advice for organizing your car before a big road trip. In with new, out with oldOne important area where we make a concerted effort to keep in check is our daughter’s toy collection. Take stock of your stuff during economic hard timesCharities are feeling the effects of a struggling economy and the trimming down of your h

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Holiday Thoughts Edition

For this week’s roundup, I went to several of my favorite personal finance sites and looked for useful Christmas-related posts to share with you all – and I found quite a few. Enjoy! Who and How Much to Tip During the Holidays The link to Emily Post’s suggestions in this article is quite useful, but so are the comments.

Using the Holidays to Work with Legislators

Are you about to go on a holiday break? Chances are good that your elected representatives are going to do the same thing. In the United States, the Congress (our version of the Parliament) adjourns shortly before Christmas, and reconvenes just after New Year’s Day.

Where’s Your Financial Comfort Level?

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 must confess to a new habit: I collect discarded ATM receipts.