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Freelance Freedom #113

Our Frugal Weekend

I haven’t written much about frugality here lately. Because of that, you might think it’s become less of a priority for me. That’s simply not the case, although sometimes it feels that way — even to me. “I’m worried about our spending,” Kris told me early last week.

Doing it All

Erin over at Unclutterer has a nice piece about how she does everything by cutting down on the things that aren’t important. Follow Productivity501 on Twitter.. ---Related Articles at Productivity501:No related posts

Such a waste of time

Professional organizer Deb Lee runs a neat feature on her organizing blog every Friday, titled “Fact Friday.” This past week, she featured a statistic from 1992 that I found to be fascinating: “In a recent survey of 200 executives of 1,000 of the nation’s largest companies, respondents were asked: ‘What percent of time do executives waste because they or their assistants can’t

Dotted Regolit lamp shade

The Regolit lamp is just made for hacking. You can make it shaggy. You can stick cocktail umbrellas on them. Julia opts for a simpler solution to match the lamp to the curtains. She says, "I bought a pair of curtains at Ikea, a couple of month. I just fell in love with the pattern. So I had the idea to make a pendant Lamp to match with it.

100 Must See Movies: The Essential Men’s Movie Library

For whatever reason  (most likely the fact that viewing is easier than reading), films don’t seem to get the same kind of cultural respect as books do. Which is a shame because excellent movies can be just as entertaining, mind-expanding, and life changing as good books. Scenes, characters, and quotes from the greatest movies stay with us long after we view them.

What we'd gain if we built things to last

That's my little girl Isabella's Teddy. He's forty years old. Back when my wife was a little girl, her own mother brought Teddy home from Italy. He's so well made that he's lasted all this time.Lots of nights we have talks about Teddy. Isabella wants to know about when her mom was little and how she played with Teddy, too.As things age, they collect stories.

Going to China, Language Reactivation, and Other Mischief

Greetings from Kunming, China, land of Pu-erh tea! I’ve been offline for a week and feel fantastic. Kevin Rose, Glenn McElhose, and I are up to no good and having a blast. The above video is the first of several to chronicle our experience exploring the incredible world of tea in China, so be prepared for footage no foreigners have seen before. Not into tea?

"To Have Management of the Mind Is a Great Art."

“To have the management of the mind is a great art, and it may be attained in a considerable degree by experience and habitual exercise…Let him take a course of chymistry, or a course of rope-dance, or a course of any thing to which he is inclined at the time.

Results from the 2009 Get Rich Slowly Reader Survey

Last month, I asked for GRS readers to help me by taking a quick survey about their goals, interests, and preferences. As my financial skills mature, I’m wanting to write different types of articles here; I wanted to be sure you were on board with this. Fortunately, what you want and what I want seem to be fairly well aligned.

Review: 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. If you’ve been reading The Simple Dollar for a while, you’ll know that I’m a fan of WiseBread.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 How to be prepared in case of fire What should you do now to make life easier if your home burns in a fire. Unitasker Wednesday: Microwavable S’Mores MakerS’mores on demand is an incredible luxury that you can enjoy whenever the mood strikes you. Futon with storageWhen you hear the word “futon,” your back probably starts to ache a bit. Essential tools for the househol

How Much Is Your Time Worth? Thoughts on Speeding

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the costs and benefits of speeding. Is pushing the pedal a bit actually worth it? Or are you better off staying inside the speed limit? In order to start cranking the numbers on this, I had to use a few assumptions.

My best posts that got no attention

By Philip Brewer A few times I've written a post that I thought was good, but that seemed to vanish into the blogosphere without a trace. On my two-year anniversary of writing for Wise Bread, I'm going to link to five of them and suggest that you take a look at them. For a few long-time readers it may be a second look.

20 Things I'm Glad Life Taught Me

How many times have you heard someone say, "Hindsight is always 20/20"? If you are like me, you hear it a lot and think it a lot more. Last year Jay wrote an article listing things he wished he'd known earlier.