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By Tim Clark and Mark Cunningham

Reader Mailbag #76

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. We currently have a propane-fueled water heater. I live in AZ which has fairly reasonable electricity rates.

Lies, Damn Lies and Follower Counts. What Really Matters

There’s been a lot of focus on follower counts, friend counts, subscriber counts, viewer counts and readers as of late.

News on The Comeback Over 40

For those who’ve been following my Monday Comeback series on taking back your body when you’re over 40, a quick bit of news…I’m turning it into an ebook. Three reasons. One, as you know if you’ve read the past posts (every Monday except last week’s vacation week), these suckers are long, really long.

Frugality in Practice: Alternate Modes of Transportation

I’ve always been a car guy. It’s not that I’m mechanically inclined or that I get into the latest makes and models — neither of these is anywhere close to the truth — but that a car has always been my primary mode of transportation. When I was a boy, my family lived in rural Oregon, six miles from the nearest town.

Space-saving mobile dining table

The theme of both of today’s posts is “Wow, that is cool!” This first post is about an amazing space-saving table that I spotted last week on BoingBoing.

The Get-Started-Now Guide to Becoming Self-Employed

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. One of the best things I ever did was quit my day job and become self-employed.

Freelance Freedom #118

Wanted: Writers to Join Us in the Envato Secret Project Compound

Behind the scenes at Envato we’re currently toiling away at a brand new site in our Secret Project Compound. We can’t go into specifics right now, except to say that we’re looking for writers!

Biking as assertiveness training

Still anticipating the release of the No Impact Man book and film, I'm continuing my series of reposts of what I wrote way back in 2007 at the beginning of the No Impact Man year.By the way, the our little non-profit project is looking for musicians who might be willing to donate some music to a little video we're making.

Coca-Cola vs. Pepsi, Revised Edition

An interesting look at brand identity and consistency through a comparison of the Pepsi and Coke logos.

How to Make a Decision Like Ben Franklin

“My way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one Pro and over the other Con. Then during three or four days’ consideration, I put down under the different heads short hints of the different motives, that at different time occur to me, for or against the measure.

Wrapping Up the GRS Staff Writer Auditions

It’s been a long two weeks, but I think it’s been worthwhile. Thanks for your patience and feedback as the seven Staff Writer candidates shared their articles with you. I still think all seven are great, and wish I could bring all of them on board. It’s going to be difficult to decide whom to add as a Staff Writer.

Review: How Much Is Enough?

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. As time goes on, I begin to see more and more that personal finance is mostly psychological. Sure, it’s useful to have a long list of money saving tactics, but if you’re under the belief that such tools are useless, it doesn’t matter how great the tips are.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Ikea’s new Laptop Workstation: A highlight of 2009 catalogIkea’s PS collection expands with a wonderful addition of the wall-mounted Laptop Workstation. Unitasker Wednesday: UroClubI’m not sure if the UroClub is a joke, but is definitely a ridiculous alternative to using the woods. Hangers, hangers, hangers!I’m sure our readers have many differing opinions on what the

Why My Net Worth Is Now Negative Again

That’s probably pretty shocking. “WHAT DID TRENT DO?” I can already sense the regular batch of critics in the comments cracking their knuckles over this one. Actually, the change is pretty simple. I made the decision to stop counting the value of my home as an asset in my net worth calculations. I also did the same with our automobiles. Let’s back up a bit.