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By Brett Kelly

Results from the 2009 Get Rich Slowly Reader Survey

Last month, I asked for GRS readers to help me by taking a quick survey about their goals, interests, and preferences. As my financial skills mature, I’m wanting to write different types of articles here; I wanted to be sure you were on board with this. Fortunately, what you want and what I want seem to be fairly well aligned.

Review: 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. If you’ve been reading The Simple Dollar for a while, you’ll know that I’m a fan of WiseBread.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 How to be prepared in case of fire What should you do now to make life easier if your home burns in a fire. Unitasker Wednesday: Microwavable S’Mores MakerS’mores on demand is an incredible luxury that you can enjoy whenever the mood strikes you. Futon with storageWhen you hear the word “futon,” your back probably starts to ache a bit. Essential tools for the househol

How Much Is Your Time Worth? Thoughts on Speeding

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the costs and benefits of speeding. Is pushing the pedal a bit actually worth it? Or are you better off staying inside the speed limit? In order to start cranking the numbers on this, I had to use a few assumptions.

My best posts that got no attention

By Philip Brewer A few times I've written a post that I thought was good, but that seemed to vanish into the blogosphere without a trace. On my two-year anniversary of writing for Wise Bread, I'm going to link to five of them and suggest that you take a look at them. For a few long-time readers it may be a second look.

20 Things I'm Glad Life Taught Me

How many times have you heard someone say, "Hindsight is always 20/20"? If you are like me, you hear it a lot and think it a lot more. Last year Jay wrote an article listing things he wished he'd known earlier.

Manvotional: Self-Made Men by Frederick Douglass

Once a very popular and inspiring ideal, the concept of the self-made man has fallen into disfavor in our modern times.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine - July 11, 2009

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, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week.

Weekly Round-Up: New Redesign Edition

So this week was AoM’s very first with our new facelift. I think the Art of Manliness is looking pretty dang sharp. We’ve been tweaking little issues this week. If you encounter any problems, please let us know. Some of you have mentioned that you have to complete a “captcha” to leave a comment. This shouldn’t be happening, so if it is, again, let us know.

Have More by Choosing Less

As I search for simplicity in my life, I’ve realized that it’s not just about purging Stuff. Stuff is simply the physical representation of an overall pattern of clutter. In order to accomplish what I want to accomplish, I need to sort and purge the mental mess, too. Over at Unclutterer yesterday, Erin shared her guide to “having it all”.

The Total Money Makeover: Two More Hurdles

This is the fourth of twelve parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, where this book on debt reduction is teased apart and looked at in detail. This entry covers the fifth chapter, finishing on page 92.

How to Take Care of Other People’s Kids

Whether you’re a parent who frequently has other kids around for playdates, a teen making some pocket-money from babysitting occasionally, or someone with responsibility for kids in a community group, taking care of other people’s kids can be a tricky thing to get right.I spent many Friday and Saturday evenings in my teens babysitting (yes, I didn’t have much social life) and currently work

How to Compete with the Agencies

I’m going to start this article by showing you a couple of my bruises. (Okay, fellas, I know what you’re thinking. But calm down. These are ego bruises.) The first happened about a month ago. A longtime friend asked me to write a website redesign proposal for the non-profit organization she directs. I distinctly recall her saying that she wanted me to do this redesign project.

Uncluttered animal houses

We’ve talked often in the past about uncluttered cat and dog spaces for the home, but never have we talked about streamlined habitats for rabbits and chickens. Let that now be changed! On Apartment Therapy we found a mid-century home for a rabbit: Learn how to make one in the article How To: Build a Modern Rabbit Hutch.

30+ Useful Websites You Probably Didn't Know About

No, we're not talking about blogs and random articles. We are talking about pure, no nonsense, get something done now, kind of sites. Would you like to get out of your cell phone contract? How about finding a free, easy way to back-up your computer? Maybe you'd love a new way to discover cool music that is suited to your tastes.