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By Glen Stansberry

Digital books for your mobile device

We’ve written in the past about the Amazon Kindle and the Sony E-Book Reader being great devices to help you reduce book clutter in your home. We’ve also talked about the benefits of audio books and how you can buy them from Audible or even download them for free from your public library. All of these digital options are fantastic ways to acquire literature in non-physical forms.

Riches — Or Just a Competence?

Melissa wrote recently to point me to a story at the fantastic Modern Mechanix blog (a blog I might write if I didn’t write GRS). From the June 1917 issue of Illustrated World comes a true tale of getting rich — slowly.

Five Strategies for Surviving a Tough Boss

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jerry Roberts of CareerJolt.net. Creating a solid working relationship with a difficult supervisor is possible but not necessarily easy. Trying to write a definitive blog post about how to handle a tough boss is a difficult task. A lot of big books have been published on this topic and the issue is as contentious today as ever.

Countrywide tried to steal my parents' money - How you can avoid being a victim of mortgage servicing fraud

By Xin LuA few weeks ago I wrote an article about checking your mortgage statement, and interestingly enough my family was recently confronted with an erroneous mortgage statement.  This is the story of how Countrywide tried to steal my parents' money.  Additionally, I will give you some related information on the unscrupulous practice known as mortgage servicing fraud.

The Dangers of Personal Branding

Establishing a brand when you’re a freelancer is a great idea. You create an image about who you are, what you stand for and what you promise to customers. A brand provides consumers with an image and a set of emotional and mental associations that represent you - and that’s what you sell.

Daily Links: Frugal Coast2Coast Edition

Here’s another reason to track every penny you spend: When the world gets crazy and you find that your weekly financial session slips by, and then so does a second week, you still don’t fall behind. In my case, it’s been three weeks since I’ve had the time to reconcile my accounts.

Your Happiness Project: Track Your Progress.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.

Bulk Breakfast Burritos: Convenient, Cheap, Healthy, and Easier Than You Think

I’m a big believer in eating a good breakfast to start your day. A healthy, high-protein, low-fat breakfast provides the fuel you need to get going in the morning.

How to Add Structure to an Idea-Packed Day

During my morning run today I realized that my days were starting to get a little out of hand. Recently I’ve been dipping back into the old habits of unstructuring my day in order to work on whatever idea moved me each day. Photo by jef safi.

Ask Unclutterer: Cable clutter and wall-mounted televisions

Reader John submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I am mounting a flat screen TV over my fireplace and the cable and electric receptacles are several feet away. What is the best way to eliminate the cable clutter in order to give it a clean look?

A champion of savings over spending

By Philip BrewerWe're subjected to constant barrage of unhelpful advice to the effect that what the economy needs is more spending. (The stimulus program is one piece of this.) It's kind of understandable: A recession is all about the downward spiral of people buying less, forcing businesses to shrink, putting people out of work, so that they spend even less.

The Intelligent Investor: Shareholders and Managements: Dividend Policy

This is the twentieth in a weekly series of articles providing a chapter-by-chapter in-depth “book club” reading of Benjamin Graham’s investing classic The Intelligent Investor. Warren Buffett describes this book: “I read the first edition of this book early in 1950, when I was nineteen. I thought then that it was by far the best book about investing ever written.

You Can Be Healthy Without Being Perfect

Photo courtesy of lottadot Since you’re reading Pick the Brain, I think I can confidently suggest that you might have some perfectionist tendencies – and that you almost certainly have a few areas of your life that you’re working on. (Both are pretty much a given, based on an interest in self-improvement and personal development.)

Ask the Readers: How to Prioritize Savings Goals?

Once you’ve paid off your debt, it’s time to save. But for many of us, it’s difficult to know where to start. Via Twitter (and edited slightly), @funkyknitwit asks:

What's cooking?

When I saw this play kitchen I could only say "Wow! Lucky baby." This is from Lisa and it's hard to believe that this is her first hack. It sure gives all hack newbies hope. She says, "This is my first hack, first blog attempt and first creative project ever. It was made with the Vika Furusund."