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By Trent Hamm

Reader Mailbag: Time for Games

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Removing credit card users 2. Making your own shoes 3. Clothing budget for teenage girl 4. Board games for two 5. Too tenacious on debt repayment? 6. Getting child out of nest 7. Car opportunities 8.

Four steps to uncluttering your schedule

Lose your calendar. Recall very little from your lost calendar. Have people in your life who are laid back and won’t send you reminders about your upcoming engagements with them. Don’t call anyone to see if you have upcoming engagements planned. Obviously, these four suggestions are a joke.

Who Is A Creative?

Ask a writer, painter, copywriter, designer or musician if they’re a “creative” and you’ll get a resounding yes.But what about an entrepreneur? Or a banker, doctor, lawyer or accountant? What about the business affairs or account managers in a creative agency, are they creatives?

Are You Worried About the Future of Freelancing?

Credit: Sharon Mollerus on Flickr Lately, I feel like I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the future of freelancing. I’ve been a freelancer writer for thirty years and I just can’t get the same rates that I used to — where’s the future in freelancing? Are these awful bid sites really the future of freelancing? There seems to be new freelancers every day.

Crummy Cube with a View Storage Closet

Materials: Trofast frame pine, Trofast storage boxes, wooden closet rod, 4) 4x4x1 wood blocks, 4) 2" rigid casters, Lansa handle, stainless coat hooks, coat hangers, misc screws, oil based paint, and an electric drill for pilot holes Description: My daughter recently moved into a new office cube with a window.

Emergency Preparedness on a Shoestring

This post is from new GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes a personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Images of devastation emerged after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. We watched water sweep away vehicles and houses; we saw stunned men and weeping women in the ruins.

How to Find Balance in Life

Most people have enjoyed great successes in some parts of their lives. The problem is that most of us neglect some parts to succeed in others.

How to Hail a Taxi Cab…Like a Man!

Last weekend I was in New York City for some business. I’ll be honest. Getting around New York was a little intimidating for this Oklahoma yokel.

TV-bench for Henriks breakfast

Materials: BORGHAMN-TV bench, 2 IVAR-Cabinets white paint with STRECKET-Handle, VARDE wall cabinet, 2 VYSSA SLUMMER-Mattress for cot + SOFIA Fabric broad-striped Description: For my son I needed a seat in our very small kitchen. I combined old and new IKEA furniture. ~ Bianca Reinecke, Hannover, Germany

Synchronicity – The Beauty of Coincidences

By Cat Li Stevenson “Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident.” ~Mark Twain. I missed Yoga this AM, as I thought it was Wednesday instead of Tuesday . . . a side effect of finding it hard to sleep and easy to wake up lately. The irony of it is all is I sent this above quote streaming into Twitter space right before I rushed into an empty yoga room.

Is Formal Personal Finance Education a Failure? Some Thoughts on Improving It

When I was in high school, I took a consumer education proficiency test and passed it with flying colors, demonstrating that I had the knowledge needed to manage my own money and be a savvy shopper. Within ten years, I was buried in debt. This isn’t an experience that’s unique to me.

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Repurposing spice racks into children's bookshelves

Nothing hacked but it's a nice idea which I thought deserved to be shared. ~ Jules Materials: BEKVAM Spice Racks Description: We wanted bookshelves for our children's room that had books facing out, but all of the existing shelves we found were entirely too expensive. These fit the bill and fit perfectly into the small space available to add them.

Unitasker Wednesday: Moustache Egg Mold

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Oh, Urban Outfitters, can you please let us know when someone might need their eggs to be shaped as a mustache? I’ve called a few of my hipster friends, and even they can’t figure out when they would demand their eggs to be shaped as a mustache.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Review of Your Money: The missing manualJ.D. Roth, who writes the educational and extremely valuable personal finance blog GetRichSlowly.org, just published Your Money: The missing manual with O’Reilly books.