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By Chanpory Rith

The Wisdom of My Father

This is a guest post from Ann Zerkle, a Get Rich Slowly lurker, and the founder of Heroes of Capitalism. As the daughter of a truck driver and stay-at-home mom, my family lived very frugally (and very happily). As an adult, I see the wisdom in the frugality of my parents. Below are the frugal ideas my father always espoused. Work smart, not hard. My dad believed in hard work.

Not Taking Jack: How To Deal With Identity Theft

By Jabulani Leffall There's exists a saying that by the way hasn't been independently verified as coming from the Chinese: May you live in interesting times. I say: May I please catch a friggin’ break!

How Dissatisfied Do You Need to Be to Use a Satisfaction-Guaranteed Rebate?

By Linsey Knerl Many brands offer them: satisfaction-guaranteed rebates.  While this helps to build reputation in the industry and gives genuinely disgruntled consumers an easy fix for their problems, is there a possibility that it’s too easy to get money back on the products you buy?  We look at both sides of the issue to help decide when “attainable” may not always b

30 Days to a Better Man Day 21: Write Your Own Eulogy

Image by csmcjunkins It’s something all of us have imagined at one time or another. What would it be like to die and attend our own funeral? Who would be there? How many people would come? Will the woman who spurned our love be devastated and finally realize how great we were?

Reader Story: The Secret Millionaire and the Mathmobile

I keep telling myself I’ll share reader e-mail more often. You folks send me great stuff. For example, here’s Ruth’s story about her own millionaire next door. I loved reading about J.D.’s “secret millionaire” neighbor. This is a story about my own “secret millionaire” neighbor.

When Is a Child Ready for an Allowance?

This question has been on our minds quite a bit recently, as our three and a half year old son continues to grow and mature. We’ve long planned on giving our children small allowances that are not tied to household chores, and now we’re actually faced with a child that’s nearing the maturity level to understand it. He understands that money is used to buy things.

Weekly Link Round: Week 3 of 30 Days to a Better Man

Well we’re finished with yet another week of our 30 Days to a Better Man Project. We have only 10 tasks left! It’s time to dig in your heels and commit yourself to finishing strong. Here’s what we were working on this week: Day 15: Make a Meal. Reading through your responses to this task made me hungry.

How to Explain Your Production Process to Clients

Creative freelancers are, by nature, a rebellious lot. Just look at this FreelanceSwitch blog. The descriptions of our former jobs read like jail sentences. Now, far be it from me to say that we shouldn’t be happy in our work.

How to Use Nature to Break Away from Work

Many people think that a large expensive vacation is the best way to comforting relaxation.

House Beautiful: What’s in your junk drawer?

Recently, I received a fun request from House Beautiful magazine to share a photo of my home’s junk drawer with their readers. Somewhere in every home there’s the bottomless, fascinating, slightly terrifying junk drawer. It’s like a little attic. Truth be told, I don’t have a junk drawer in my house.

What Makes Us Tick: A Short Film About How the Stock Market Works (from 1952)

It’s been several months since I’ve discovered a new money movie to share with you. I love these things, but I’ve exhausted most of my sources for Public Domain material.

Times Are Tough; Would You Consider A DIY Funeral?

By Paul Michael It's never pleasant to think about death and funerals, but if there is one certainty in life, it's that we're all going to bite the dust at some point. And just like most things in life, death is an expensive business.

Best of Personal Finance: Hot and Humid Edition

By Andrea Dickson The Simple Dollar is starting a new series called Trent's 14 Money Rules.

30 Days to a Better Man Day 20-Perform Service

When we think about moments that epitomize manliness, we often think of the captain going down with the ship, the men who allow the women and children to go first, the soldier who throws himself on a grenade to shield his brothers from the blow, the old man who attempts to save a drowning child and perishes himself in the waves. The common denominator in such scenarios is this: sacrifice.

Goalsetting Smackdown: Big Hairy Audacious vs Baby Steps

Picture this, your 20 year reunion is coming up and looking to made a huge impression…but you you’re feeling a bit, um, huge.