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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

The Value of “Project” Magazines

As I’ve mentioned before, my wife and I subscribe to a handful of magazines of various kinds. What I’ve found is that these magazines (aside from a couple of freebies that we won’t pay to renew) fall into one of two categories.

The 15 Timeless Secrets of Happy People

How we achieve happiness can be different for each one of us. Our passions, expectations, life experiences, and even our personalities all contribute to the level of happiness we experience in our lives.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 2, 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. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (September 26 – October 2, 2009) Do You Want to Appear Rich?

What’s the Career Path for Ambitious Freelancers?

“I’m just freelancing while I’m looking for a job.” “I’m just freelancing while I build up my company.” “I’m just freelancing until something better comes along.” It’s easy to come to the conclusion that any ambitious freelancer is looking to get out of the freelancing game.

If Ikea could sing ...

Thanks to Suzanne, I had an afternoon with 4 guys and a lot of Fniss. Seriously, if Ikea could sing, it would probably sound like OK Go. But it's not just the tune, the music video is charming (you can't go wrong with cute dogs) and the song is White Knuckles. It's the first time I've seen the band and they totally floored me.

Earning Extra Income with a (Small) Blog

This is a guest post from Mike Piper, a long-time GRS reader and the author of Oblivious Investor, where he blogs about such thrilling topics as Roth IRA rules and 401k rollovers. Blogging is often touted as a means to earn some extra income.

On the Forums: Furniture rental, foreign coins, and Christmas

Ask Unclutterer is taking the day off today, but some great discussions are currently underway on the Unclutterer Forums: Furniture Rental What to do with foreign coins? Christmas: Sentiment vs. Clutter Be sure to check it out and add your thoughts to the mix.

Homemade Gift Series #3: Caramel Apple Jam

A few weeks ago, my wife stopped by a roadside stand where an individual was selling apples. A lot of apples. My wife asked if there were any deals, and the seller told her that he would sell her 8 1/2 pounds of “seconds” (apples that had been dropped and needed to be used quickly) for $8.

Reminder: Shoe Shine Saturday Is Tomorrow!

Just a friendly reminder that our Shoe Shine Saturday Photo Contest sponsored by KIWI Shoe Care is tomorrow. Up for grabs is the Ultimate Shoe Shine Kit from KIWI and a handsome, handmade in America cedar shoe shine box. I just got the box in the mail yesterday. I have to say, I’m jealous of the man who wins this thing.

No More Complaining, "I Feel So Tired."

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. For the last few weeks, I’ve been complaining constantly.

Norman Rockwell and an Inefficient Awakening

When Chris Guillebeau comes to town, exciting things happen. We crammed over 65 people upstairs at the local coffee shop, talked about non-conformity, and met some incredible people. Thanks to all who came out and joined us. One of Chris’ talking points was right down the alley of something I’ve been thinking about lately: inefficiency.

Seeking Help

When exactly do you know when you’ve crossed the line from a problem you can handle yourself to a problem you need assistance with? That question comes up over and over again in so many avenues of life.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #20: Professional Appearance, Tough Side Jobs

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at freelance fashion and bosses who take advantage. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Workspace of the Week: Small-space simplicity in black

This week’s Workspace of the Week is TypeFiend’s (Gregory Han’s) closet office: I don’t usually choose offices from our Flick pool that I know have already been highlighted on other websites for our Workspace of the Week selection. However, I’m so in love with TypeFiend’s office that I’m making an exception.

Best Ikea hack ever? You decide.

Erik and Eric tipped me on this Flamma hack by Helmut Smit, an artist/designer. I'm still iffy on it because it's either a very expensive way to keep warm or a brilliant demo on how we can survive when we really need to by gutting our beloved Ikea furniture. You be the jury. Link to video on youtube.