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By Jay White

Best of Personal Finance: 101 Ways to Take a Bite out of Your Food Budget

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to our weekly best of personal finance roundup!

A year ago on Unclutterer

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The Best Decline Letter of All-Time: Edmund Wilson

(Source: Crooked Timber) Edmund Wilson, recipient of both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal for Literature, was one of the most prominent social and literary critics of the 20th century. He realized, like most uber-productive people, that, while there were many behaviors needed to guarantee high output, there was one single behavior guaranteed to prevent all output: Trying

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Three Little Things Edition

Three little items of interest. 1. I will be attending the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, TX on March 12-16 (or some subset of those days). I hope to have copies of my upcoming book there to give to a few people. If you’re going to be there as well and want to meet up, let me know! 2.

When Should You Fire Your Real Estate Agent?

By Xin Lu Lately several couples I know have been trying to purchase real estate, and it seems that none of them are too happy with their realtors. Some of them have been working with their agents for months without any positive outcome. The fact is that some of these poorly performing agents should have been fired long ago. Here are some signs that you should fire your real estate agent. 1.

Getting Freelance Work: The Hacker Technique

If you’ve tried cold-calling to get clients, you know it’s the most painful, soul-sucking way to advertise yourself. But it doesn’t have to be. How a Freelancer Sold Me in 5 Minutes I once hired a freelancer based on a cold-call, but this was unlike any cold-call I’d ever gotten.

9 Free Ways To Instantly Become More Attractive

Attraction is a funny thing. If you’re like many, you may believe physical appearance is the driving force behind attractiveness. If you're in that group and hold that belief, you'd be wrong.While physical appearance plays a large role in how you are perceived, your thoughts and how you choose to carry yourself remain the dominant power at the wheel.

How I keep project clutter under control

I’m a project guy. It’s rare that I don’t have four or five small projects going on at once, and since I’m not a neat person by nature, it’s very easy for me to let clutter get out of control. About six months ago, I replaced the shelf that I was storing my printers on with Elfa drawers.

How Much Should You Have in Savings?

A couple of weeks ago, we had a fine discussion about how much we should save for retirement. But how much should we have saved for today? How much should we have in cash reserves? As I write my own book, I’m reading (and re-reading) dozens of other money manuals.

Alex gets a facelift

Jessica gives her Alex drawer unit a facelift. "I changed my white Ikea Alex to better suit my decorating tastes." The drawer units were first given a thorough paint job with spray paint. When dry, she mod podged the front panels with scrapbooking paper. Her instructions are here.

The Last Days of the Polymath

A historical look into the idea of the "Renaissance Man," and our culture's slow shift into specialization.

Making Time Off Predictable & Required

A thorough study for the Harvard Business Review detailing the effects of forced downtime on a consulting team.

Lab Rat: Does Desktop Minimalism Drive Productivity?

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50 Web Apps for Freelancers

From file management to accounting, invoicing to time tracking, there’s a web app for pretty much everything in a freelancer’s life. Over on our sister blog Web.AppStorm you can find a huge roundup of half a hundred web apps freelancers will find useful! Amidst all those decisions that have to be made, you also have to choose what tools you’re going to use to actually do your job.

Join my virtual book talk on Sunday

First off, sorry I've been a little inactive on the blog lately. So many talks to give! But speaking of talks, I wanted to let you know that I'll be giving one right here on the blog on Sunday, Oct 11 at 5PM EST. I'll be using this really cool technology called Vokle which will allow me to take questions too.