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Unitasker Wednesday: The mushroom brush

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! Oh, mushroom brush, you have confused me for years: How are you better at cleaning dirt off a mushroom than a simple kitchen sponge?

5 Money Ratios to Live By

By WC Porter Money is tough: we all want more of it but we all feel a little unsure of how we're supposed to handle it once we get it. Enter the handy-dandy financial ratio: it does all the work for us and spits out a nice, round number that all we have to do is follow.

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2009 Is it still tasty?Is the food in your cupboard safe to eat? Search StillTasty’s database to know what is safe and what should go. Swap baby goodsWhile there are many options to buy, sell, or donate items, this looks like a pretty good resource for tracking down some must have baby products.

Reader question: Can convenience be a detriment to simple living?

Reader Shalin wrote in this week and asked a question I hear often: Where is the line between convenience and simple living? Honestly, I don’t believe there is a set line between convenience and simple living. They aren’t on opposite sides of a scale.

The Ultimate Minimalist: 5 Powerful Lessons You Can Learn From Gandhi

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Arvind Devalia, author of Get the Life you Love, and blogger at Make It Happen. Would you like to learn some lessons in life from the ultimate minimalist? Gandhi’s life offers us many key lessons — he practiced simplicity and minimalism in all areas of his life and he left behind a huge legacy in how to live a life of simplicity. Gandhi wa

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Baby Prep Edition

Preparations for the baby are seemingly endless. I have a giant list of things to do before the arrival and it feels often like I add two for every one I manage to cross off.

It’s a Ripoff: How to Handle Work that Infringes on Your Own

The web has made it easy for copyright infringers: it’s the work of just a few minutes to copy an image, an article or even an entire website design. That leads big companies to establish big legal departments devoted to chasing down copyright infringement.

Hang your TV on a pole

Gerry wraps a TV round the pole. Sexy than this 2-pole version I received in 2006. Guess with the sleekness of LCD TVs nowadays, you can do away with the extra pole. "I wanted a TV stand to mount my 32" LCD. I fabricated the two rails that attach to the TV from steel shelf bracket vertical rails.

Warren Buffett on the Lottery of Birth

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. One of the reasons J.D. asked me to join his merry band of GRS writers was so that I could add the occasional investing lesson to the line-up.

10 Dead Dudettes Every Entrepreneur Should Follow

This is a guest post from uber-copywriter, blogger, genius and all-around insanely cool person, Julie Roads. Visit her at WritingRoads.com. This was a hard list to make. Because the number of amazing dead dudettes is really off the charts. It’s also a fairly different one than Jonathan’s list of Dead Dudes because, as it turns out, men and women really are different.

Why and How You Should Find Time to Read

As a kid, I was exposed to a strong reading culture. Although my parents were not well educated, they clearly understood the importance of reading and our house was full of books.

So this goes out on to Twitter and Friend feed?

Yes, but I can turn off Twitter syndication on a per-post basis.

He's (Craig) getting a robot side kick developed by the oriental guy on Myth Busters. Do you watch Myth Busters?

I’ve seen Myth Busters before, but not in a long while (maybe 18 months or so). Truth is, I don’t watch much recreational television. And “Oriental” is not the preferred nomenclature - Asian, please :)

The Self-Confidence Con

There is a funny concept among the softly-spoken, the meek, the apologetic excuse-makers that there is some ‘kind’ of person who is confident, capable and calm in the face of adversity. The have-nots usually disempower themselves further by making an assumption that confidence is like a genetic trait, written into the DNA of some, and left out of the chromosomes of another.

Do you watch Craig Ferguson?

Not regularly, no. I know who he is, though.