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By Glen Stansberry

Should you try to reduce your rent?

By Xin Lu Lately it seems that rent prices have been dropping in many areas of the country.  Here in San Mateo some residential apartments are dropping prices as much as 20%.   This seemed a bit unbelievable until I looked on Craigslist and found that a specific apartment my husband and I looked at around two years ago actually dropped its price by $300 a month from $1699 to $1399

I Just Things Should Work Properly too, Mr. Dyson.

By Paul Michael I don’t own a lot of stuff that’s considered top of the line. Hardly anything in fact. But I do have the “Rolls Royce” of vacuum cleaners – The Dyson DC14 Complete (well, it was top of the line when we bought it, costing over $600). And it sucks. Boy, does it suck. When my wife and I first got married, we couldn’t afford the holy Dyson.

A Simple Guide to Keeping Your Counters Clutter-free

Post written by Leo Babauta.

Some Thoughts on the Sunk Cost Fallacy

As you read this, my wife, my father, and I are planning on going to the Texas Rangers game tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, TX.

The Personal Finance Hour, Episode 11: Frugal Weekend Fun

Today’s a momentous day. For the first time in the history of The Personal Finance Hour, both Jim and I should be on Skype with headsets that work. That is, of course, unless I do something stupid again. (Last week I had the microphone on “mute”. Ugh. So dumb!) This could be the first episode free of technical glitches! And what will we be discussing?

The Importance of Unhappiness for Happiness.

Because I write every day about happiness, and how to be happier, many people assume that I’m on an anti-unhappiness crusade – that I think that life, lived right, would be a stream of non-stop blissful moments. As a consequence, I frequently hear arguments in defense of unhappiness – that without unhappiness, you can’t have a rich, complete moral and aesthetic life; that it’s a necessa

7 Ways to Wake Up in the Morning

Your method of waking up is the first thing that starts your day. I’m not saying that waking up to an annoying alarm will ruin your day, but it probably isn’t going to help anything. Here are a few ideas for waking up: Wake up to a CD. Many stereos have a built in alarm clock that will start the CD at a certain time.

Ready to Make Your Competition Irrelevant?

It’s no secret I’m madly passionate about entrepreneurship, marketing and the health and fitness world.

Hush: Structural Inversion

Hush, a content creation studio out of NYC, has delivered its clients eye-catching content for commercials, music videos, broadcast, and integrated campaigns for over ten years. And Hush’s clients aren’t just anybody. With Nike, Estee Lauder, American Express, and Sony Ericsson in the mix, clearly the Hush team knows what they’re doing. They know what they’re talking about too.

Catching the sun with the Solig mobile

Doro adds a nice touch of colour to the summer Solig mobile. She says, "I fell in love with the Solig mobile. But I found it too graphical with too little colours. Therefore I added some glass beads. Now it's perfect for me. simple but fanciful." See more on Doro's blog.

Review: NeatDesk and NeatWorks for Mac

A few weeks ago, the Neat company sent me their new NeatDesk for Mac scanner and its NeatWorks software to review. I have been a Fujitsu ScanSnap loyalist for the past two years, so I wasn’t super excited about doing the NeatDesk review.

Reader Mailbag #66

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. I just turned twenty last month and want to know what else I can do for the sake of financial security.

Freelance Freedom #108

My First Budget: Drafting a Plan for Discretionary Spending

I’ve decided to develop a budget. This probably sounds strange coming from a guy who has been anti-budget all his life. Besides, haven’t I paid off all my debt? Don’t I have a positive cash-flow of over $1,000 per month? Yes, these things are true.

Illuminate your clutter hiding spaces

Clutter has a way of accumulating in poorly-lit spaces. If you can’t see it, you forget it’s there, and it’s easier to mindlessly add to the disorder.