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Dealing with Gadgets

I have to admit, I’m a gadget lover.  I like playing with phones, cameras, personal organizers and all kinds of electronic devices. I’m not quite as much an addict as I use to be, but I still like mobile electronics.

Can You Still Go Renegade When You’re Bleeding Cash?

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about becoming a Career Renegade since releasing the book in January. So, today, I launched a new Ask Career Renegade column over at the blog. Here’s the first question I answer…

Unitasker Wednesday: The Jog-a-Dog

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Are you sick and tired of walking your dog? If you would rather stay inside and plop in front of the television while your dog gets its exercise on a treadmill, then you are in for a treat.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Brainwash your way to a clutter-free life? Hoarding kindling Overwhelm yourselfThe results of gradual accumulation are pretty staggering and a great way to take inventory of your stuff is to lay it all out and overwhelm yourself. Pump up the volumeFollow your strengths: You may be one of the few who will be more successful with your organization efforts if you work with noise.

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Experiments in Podcasting Edition

So, I’ve recorded six test episodes of my podcast over the last few weeks as I try to figure out my “voice” and how exactly I want the podcast to go. I recorded one, sent it to a small handful of readers, got some feedback, and moved on.

Flaren stealth cat litter box

More cat litter problem solvers. This one is from Jon and I do like how discreet it is. "Our new apartment didn't have a good cubby to hide away the cat box like our old apartment," says Jon, "so we decided to hide the litter in plain sight. It's an easy 4 step process: 1. Find a covered cat box $30 2. Find a cabinet that it fits in (in this case, a Flaren sink cabinet) 3. Find a pet door

Should the one-in, one-out rule apply to friends?

Lifehacker recently linked to an interesting article that ran on the BBC about friendship. “What’s the ideal number of friends” reported that most people have five very close friends, 10 more in a pretty close network, 35 more in a looser network, and then 100 on the outside that fall into the wee-bit-more-than-acquaintance category.

How Marginal Tax Rates Work

Yesterday I hosted a guest article about the mortagage-interest tax deduction. As part of his argument that this tax break should not be used to justify buying a house, CJ from Wise Money Matters looked at the savings by tax brackets. What CJ did not consider (and what escaped my notice, and even that of my accountant) was the concept of marginal tax rates.

9 Excellent Free Tools For eBay Buyers And Sellers

Ebay, the well known online auction and shopping site is always the preferred destination for people looking to buy stuff at reasonable prices.

Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2

The world of photography is changing, and while freelancers have always had an opportunity to participate in this lucrative realm, it is becoming more and more accessible to the masses as the price for equipment and software falls. The difference between a good and great photography business isn’t simply based on the camera you choose.

Making green folks your customers--especially if, by green, you mean everyone

So I dropped and broke my cell phone which I bought pre-owned from ATT. Now that I had broken it, I didn't want to buy a new one--not even a new used one. I wanted to get it repaired. The personal price of new was too much. So was the planetary price (which, by the way, thanks to the use of the mineral coltan in cell phones, includes a lot of dead Congolese children).So I called ATT.

California First Lady Maria Shriver Talks to Us About Help for Families in Tough Times

By Linsey KnerlWorking families all across the U.S. are feeling the tightening economy.  “Day by day” is truly the only way to handle things, but did you also know that there is help?  In addition to the numerous programs offered in California, the U.S.

Rugby – A Man’s Sport

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Preorder a New Art of Manliness T-Shirt

Well, the response to our first batch of Art of Manliness t-shirts was great and we only have a few left. So I thought it was a good time to offer a new one. This time we’re offering two designs. These designs were the second and third runner up in the Art of Manliness t-shirt design contest. Keep in mind that the colors of the actual shirts will vary somewhat from the designs shown here.

Mission Accomplished: Our Shiny New Mortgage

We did it! After two months of hemming and hawing, Kris and I finally closed on our mortgage refinance, dropping our rate from 6.25% to 4.96%. Bright and early yesterday morning, we made a trip to the title company, and we signed all of the documents. We were out of there in only half an hour.