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By Trent Hamm

The GRS Garden Project: May 2009 Update

Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for May 2009. (Here are the results for 2008.) What a difference a year makes! Our fruits, berries, and vegetables had a slow start last year (and then were further slowed by a cold, cold June). This May was warm — very warm.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine - May 30, 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.

Canning: Meal planning months in advance

Last summer, while sharing a bottle of wine with food columnist Kim O’Donnel, I professed that I wanted to learn to can. Kim didn’t skip a beat, she’s always game for whatever random schemes I hatch, and said that she would teach me.

Nice music, good thoughts

Things We Think About But Do Not Say

Article by Zen Habits contributor Jonathan Mead; follow him on twitter. What would happen if we started being honest with ourselves about what we really want? What if we started being ruthlessly real?

netSpend - the story of the Visa debit card we did not apply for

By Xin Lu This week my husband received an unsolicited Visa debit card from a firm called netSpend.  It was certainly an odd experience to receive a card that looked official instead of a pre-approved application packet.  This is my story of shock, anger, and finally disgust at the practices of this financial firm. At first, I was confused as to why my husband would open an Visa debit a

Be Happier: Join or Start a Happiness-Project Group.

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.

Announcing the 30 Days to a Better Man Project

Starting June 1, The Art of Manliness will begin a month long series called “30 Days to a Better Man.” The goal of this project is simple: to encourage men to be better men in all areas of their lives. I’m sure all of us have made goals to improve ourselves. But often our goals become one of those well meaning intentions that we plan to do…. some day.

Sending Money Quickly: The Pros and Cons of Various Methods

Your brother is stuck in a small town a few states away. His wallet was stolen and he’s without a vehicle. “Help!” he cries! He needs some cash as soon as possible. What are you going to do to help him? Your daughter loses her job. She calls you up and begs for some help making the rent this month.

Zigging the zag in Lack

Hans unzigs the zags in the Lack shelf for a neat bookcase. He says, "I've felt for a long time that I liked the Lack Zigzag shelf though I thought it took up way too much wall space so I wanted to remake it and take advantage of the storage space it provided though without using so much space.

Ask Unclutterer: Reader mail round-up

Today we’re going to break with tradition a bit and respond to a number of questions all in one post. These questions are great, but didn’t necessarily need an entire post of their own to answer. Please jump in the comments and add your additional suggestions. Please share any ideas you have for storing bracelets? I have many large bangles that are costume jewelry.

The Art of the Marinade: Making Inexpensive Foods Dazzlingly Tasty for Pennies

Whenever I see great deals on free range chicken or beef, I stock up without hesitation, filling our freezer with pounds of roast, tenderloins, chicken breasts (and other pieces… and whole chickens), fish fillets, steaks, and chops.

Resume Basics for Freelancers, Part One: Get Objective about Objectives

Many freelancers may think that a resume is a thing of the past—something only used to get a corporate job. So if you’re done climbing the corporate ladder, why would you need a resume? Two reasons: Resumes can help you get freelance gigs and they offer a quick profile so potential clients can assess you. I know, I know: The last thing you probably want to focus on is a resume.

My Great Disney World Adventure

Yesterday I wrote about my recent business trip to Orlando. This is the “rest of the story”, a behind-the-scenes look at how I spent way too much money for a one-day vacation. When Kris and I agreed to fly to Orlando for the unveiling of The Great Piggy Bank Adventure, we hoped to have time to explore the rest of EPCOT Center.