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By The FLS Team

Travel Hacking: Smart Ways to See the World

I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about financial goals. Now that I’m out of debt and have built an emergency fund, I’ve actually decided that maybe I should set a budget. And one of the things I want to budget for is travel. Until recently, I hadn’t traveled much. I grew up in and and around Portland, and that’s where I tended to spend my vacations.

Freelancing in a Niche: 5 Ways to Market Your Services

Working with a specific niche can make a lot of sense for a freelancer. If a web designer gets a reputation for designing the best real estate websites in town, real estate agents may seek him out, rather than the other way around. It can be a little harder to get started in a niche than just focusing on getting as many clients as possible of any kind.

12 Tricks Your Brain is Playing on You

Is your mind playing tricks on you and robbing you of your happiness?Our minds are complex and are often our own worst enemies when it comes to being happy. Really. Our own brains that we know and love deceive us into thinking something is right when it is really wrong, that we're in love when we're not, etc.

Bat hacking

This is a cute one from Scirius. He bought a toy bat from Ikea. Only problem was, it couldn't close its wings. He says, "I wanted it to close its wings and I also wanted to hang it like I showed in my blog here. It's kind of stupid but Ikea hacking anyway." See instructions here.

Desktop timers help with productivity

One of my favorite productivity strategies is to set a timer and see how much I can get done before a buzzer sounds. I used to keep a timer from my days as a high school debater on my desk. It had a magnet on the back, and I just stuck it to my bulletin board when it wasn’t in use. Then, I dropped my timer and the digital face distorted to only read 88:88.

A great eco-fundraising event in NYC

Hey folks, one of my favorite organizations involved with engaging citizens in making our habitat safe is having a fundraiser.

The Essential Man’s Library: Adventure Edition - Part One - Fiction

Nothing speaks to the heart of man like a good tale of adventure. Whether in the form of a bedtime story read to young boys or a nail biting page turner that keeps you up at night, the adventure story is one genre of literature that stays with you for a lifetime.

30 Days to a Better Man-Day 3: Find a Mentor

A few months ago we wrote about the importance of a mentor in a man’s life. Figuring out what it means to be a man can be tough. And it’s arguably tougher for men today, who are often more socially isolated, don’t have as many friends, and don’t have strong relationships with their fathers and other male relatives.

9 Ways to Twitter Your Personal Development

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Alex Fayle of Someday Syndrome. A quick Google search produces what feels like a million and one guides explaining what Twitter is and how to use it. Leo has several great guides himself here on Zen Habits.

The Simple Dollar Podcast #1 - Credit Card Debt

Well, here it is, finally - The Simple Dollar Podcast. This will be a weekly endeavor - I hope you enjoy it! The first episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on credit card debt. I tell my own story of escaping from a pile of credit cards and relate some very specific advice on how to extract yourself from such debt.

Money, Happiness, Realtor.com, and Spaniels.

During my study of happiness, I’ve noticed that I often learn more from one person’s highly idiosyncratic experiences than I do from sources that detail universal principles or cite up-to-date studies.

Keeping Your Stuff Safe

The other day, I stepped outside and found my neighbor lugging a broken door out of his garage and into the back of his pickup truck. It turns out he had locked himself out of his house. His wife was away and he had no spare keys.

64 Funny, Inspiring and Stupid Money Quotes From Famous People

By Glen Stansberry tweetmeme_url = 'http://www.wisebread.com/64-funny-inspiring-and-stupid-money-quotes-from-famous-people'; People love quoting famous people. Whether the celebrity in question is a genius or not, we love a good sound byte. We've collected quotes from presidents, movie stars, philosophers, athletes, and even Paris Hilton on everybody's favorite topic: Money. 1.

CableBox is a box for cables

BlueLounge Design, the maker of the SpaceStation we wrote about back in March, is now selling a product called the CableBox. It’s basically just a plastic box (available in either white or black) designed to hold a power-strip inside to help contain cable clutter. We admit this seems overpriced and ordinarily we would be tempted to find a simpler and less-expensive solution to the problem.

Gear Up: A Man’s Guide to Camping

Editor’s Note: On Tuesdays, we’ll be featuring an excellent article or video that was originally posted in the Art of Manliness Community by a community member. Today we’ve selected a post from Michael Halbrook. Summer is finally upon us, and that means a few solid months of baseball, BBQ, swimming, and camping trips.