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By The Unclutterer Team

Poll: Why Did You Start Freelancing?

There are a whole wide range of reasons why people take up freelancing. Some people are forced into it when they suddenly lose their job or need to make more money than they can otherwise to pay the bills.

10 Awesome Tools To Get More Out of Wikipedia

Wikipedia is an ocean of information. While you may still want to seek secondary information sources before trusting it entirely, you cannot argue that the site contains a plethora of useful information.That said, it's tough to navigate through so much data.

Online Banking: 11 Choices for Higher Interest Rates and Increased Security

In its July 2009 issue, Consumer Reports Money Adviser published a brief overview of the best online banking options according to their research.

Palm Pre: A review by an ex-dumbphone user

Today we welcome back Unclutterer programmer Gary DuVall to the front side of the site. Smartphones are all the rage these days. From Palm’s earlier creations, through the Blackberry and the iPhone, I’ve managed to resist the urge to upgrade from my old Motorola RAZR.

The problem with corporate structure

One of our culture's big challenges is the corporate structure, of course.

30 Days to a Better Man Day 16: Create a Budget

With the economy in the tank, it’s more important than ever to tighten our belts and get our finances under control. The most effective tool to do this is the lowly budget. I’ve had an on again, off again thing with budgets. But when I’ve used them, my financial situation always improved.

7 Secrets to Raising a Happy Child

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Sean Platt of the Writer Dad blog. Nature and nurture are in a never ending battle to claim the disposition of our children.

Daily Links: Worry, Planning, and Sufficiency

I’ve written before that I’m not a natural handyman. I’m thinking that maybe it’s time to develop those skills. We’ve been working with contractors all spring to do repairs around the house, and the constant drain on the pocketbook is beginning to hurt. I’d rather do some of this work myself.

The Time Cost of Investing: Does Obliviousness Pay Off?

One aspect of buy-and-hold investing in low-cost index funds that has always attracted me is that there is an extremely low time cost. Once you have the initial investments in place, there is virtually no time cost at all. All you have to do is invest maybe half an hour a year rebalancing the investments - and that’s it. That strategy pretty much matches the stock market.

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 12: Earning Extra Money

We’d all like to earn a little extra money, but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to begin. Today on The Personal Finance Hour, Jim and I will discuss our own experiences trying to supplement our regular incomes. We’ll talk about blogging for dollars, it’s true, but we’ll also talk about finding side jobs and selling the things we already own.

Why I'm NOT Trying to Keep Things Simple.

Part of the challenge of mindfulness – which is one of the top twelve themes of my happiness project -- is to keep myself from falling into mechanical thoughts and actions. Instead of walking through life on auto-pilot, I want to question the assumptions I make without noticing. My research into cognitive science led me to the concept of heuristics.

Living a Prolific Lifestyle

Photo by dawvon Post by Ibrahim Husain. Follow him on Twitter. One thing that I push my readers to experience is living proactively instead of reactively. A prolific lifestyle is one where you create your own opportunity, you take responsibility for your life and you go into your world and shape it into what you want it to be.

It Isn’t How Much You Do

It is very easy to confuse motion with accomplishment, but simply being busy doesn’t do anything toward reaching our goals.  Being busy can be addictive.  Look around and you will hear a lot of people complaining about how busy they are, but when you look deeper, it is clear that they like being busy. I’m not sure why this is.  I think being busy makes us feel important.

11 Best Father/Son Activities

We all know about the importance of fathers spending time with their sons. The relationship a boy has with his father greatly shapes the man he will become in the future. You can help mold your boy into a man you’ll be proud of by taking him on special father/son activities. These kind of activities allow you to spend some needed one on one time with your boy.