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"In the Long Run, Men Hit Only What They Aim At."

“In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.” -- Henry David Thoreau * I’m excited because this afternoon, I get to meet some of the members of the fantastic LifeRemix network in person for the first time. So many great bloggers.

Happiness Is…a Great Book Event at SXSW in Austin.

Yesterday, I spoke at the Reading Stage at SXSW Interactive, the big annual conference for people engaged in the online world -- like bloggers. It was a lot of fun, with a great crowd and great questions.

The Consumerism Commentary Podcast

It looks like The Personal Finance Hour, my weekly podcast with Jim from Bargaineering, is on permanent hiatus. Both Jim and I have other work that has consumed our attention over the past few months. If you’re craving a similar financial podcast — and aren’t opposed to higher quality — check out the Consumerism Commentary podcast.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: March 13, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Some Advice on Taking Advice

Oscar Wilde, as famous for his witty quips as for his plays and novels, once said, “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It’s never of any use to oneself.” Although we can take Wilde’s maxim with a grain of salt, he makes a good point in his usual ironic way. Listening to advice is difficult because, simply put, it’s very often wrong.

Why Being Happy Is Easier Than Being Miserable

I hate miserable people! OK, let me rephrase this last statement: I don't hate miserable people because to hate someone we first have to love them. But let's say I can't stand people who constantly complain, whinge, and choose to be miserable while they DON'T do a single thing to lift themselves out of their misery.Being miserable sucks, but we all are at times - yes, even me.

By Request: Five More Essential Crock Pot Recipes

A long time ago, after posting several articles about using a crock pot to save money and still produce great, quick meals, readers asked me to post ten of my favorite crock pot recipes. Since digging through my recipes and typing them out again in an comprehensible format takes a while, I started by posting five of them. And I never got around to posting the other five.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we spill some tips for sipping wine and other spirits for a little less than what you'd expect. Plus, we share the benefits of raised garden beds, a quick and cheap hurricane lamp tutorial, and habits for highly effective budgeting! Top 5 Articles How to Be a Cheap Drunk with Taste — Hey!

Don't Have Enough To Pay Your Taxes?

By Debbie Dragon What do you do when you finally get all of your information together to file your income taxes, and you find out that not only aren't you getting a tax refund, but you actually have to pay taxes?!

Ask Unclutterer: Putting away laundry

Reader Kelly submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Your advice on doing the laundry is fantastic. I’ve employed several tips with great success. In particular, I’m a fan of clothing items that need little care (e.g. no ironing, dry cleaning, etc.). However, I’m unable to find usable suggestions on HOW TO PUT THE LAUNDRY AWAY.

Relish the Moment. In My Case, Ten Weeks on the Bestseller List.

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.

The Simple Way to Stick to a Meal Plan

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. Not long ago, I was against meal plans because I felt they were too restrictive.

An Argument for Secondhand Store Clothes, Even If You Must Dress Nicely

Monica writes in: I don’t understand how you can recommend that people shop in thrift stores for clothes. The stuff there is usually worn out and just looks bad and outdated. I would never wear that stuff to work. It sounds to me like you’ve made up your mind about thrift stores and secondhand stores before even stepping inside the door.

Workspace of the Week: Streamlined and simple

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Johannes_G’s bare bones home office: I chose this office because its minimalist style is extremely calming. There isn’t anything here to distract the owner while he works. In the notes about the image, Johannes_G says that he deliberately got rid of an external monitor and chose to only use the laptop screen to keep the setup uncluttered.

A 360-Degree Approach to Improving Self-Confidence

I know that when I’m not feeling particularly confident in one area of my life, the other areas begin to suffer too. When my job becomes stressful and tiresome, for example, so do my relationships and personal health.However, I don’t think I’m alone. Many of my friends tell me they also feel a connection between self-confidence and their personal level of happiness.