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By Brett McKay

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 28, 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, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Don’t Just Thank…Act!

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker has recently come to realize that there will always be an excuse not to give if you look for one. As the holiday season approaches each year, we’re reminded to reflect on those things we’re most thankful for. Some of these remain consistent from year to year.

Making Buyers

Yesterday, my four year old son was watching a television program at his grandparents’ home. At our own home, we don’t watch much non-PBS programming at all, so this was one of my son’s first real exposures to advertising. I came into the room after he had been watching for about forty minutes and started to get his coat on and get him ready to go.

Da' Buy World: Considering "Blue Saturday"

By Jabulani Leffall Looking for bargain prices on items you know you don't need is kind of like building man-made islands in the Persian Gulf and Indian Oceans in the shape of the world, hoping that people will buy them for millions of dollars and live on them, despite rising sea levels. Let me say that with the exception of a pancake breakfast for my son, I boycotted Black Friday. For this post,

Recycle small electronics for free through the USPS

While mailing a few holiday packages earlier in the week, I spotted these small recycling bags at my local US Post Office: If you have small consumer electronics cluttering up a drawer or cupboard in your home, you can send them off to be recycled at no charge through the USPS in these postage-paid mailers. From the USPS website: Mail it back with USPS!

Lazy susan yarn swift

Porro made this cool yarn swift from a Rationell Variera pot lid organizer and Snudda Lazy Susan. It's pretty easy to achieve too. Just mark the spots where you want to place the lid organizers. Drill holes and screw them in. Visit her blog for her yarn swift instructions.

What Are You Putting Off? How to Get On With It in 3 Steps

Most of us put things off. Sometimes, we put off getting started or making progress on big projects... and other times, we put off small tasks that sound simple on paper but seem like a big effort to do.The problem is, the more we put something off, the harder it is to get going on it. Our resistance to doing it gets greater and greater ...

Announcing New Art of Manliness T-Shirt Designs!

As many of you know, we have been offering 6 Art of Manliness t-shirts, designed by the guys at TankFarm Clothing. Well, just in time for the holidays, Tankfarm graciously whipped us up 6 more uber-manly designs. Buy one to support the Art of Manliness and show your manly pride. Or buy one for the man in your life that loves AoM and epitomizes good old fashioned manliness.

The Art of Manliness Holiday Gift Guide 2009

The holiday season is officially here and that means it’s time for the giving and receiving of gifts. Men are notoriously hard to shop for, so we’ve  once again created a holiday gift guide full of manly gifts that we think many Art of Manliness men will dig. We don’t include the latest gizmos like flatscreen TV’s or digital cameras.

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: Does Your Investment Strategy Need to be on Ritalin?

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup.

Seven Secrets of Good Presentations

Over the last few months, I’ve given a small pile of presentations related to The Simple Dollar, my upcoming book, and other topics. Along the way, I’ve learned several things about what constitutes a good presentation and what constitutes a failure. Here are the seven key things I’ve learned, which you can take away to make your own presentations better. 1.

Make Sure the “Fun” is Fun for YOU.

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.

Household Budgeting Made Easy

This is a guest post by Austin Frakt, a health economist and university professor. You can find more by Austin at The Incidental Economist, a blog about personal finance, economics, and health care, among other things. Budgeting is the cornerstone of personal finance. You can’t make a rational financial decision without knowing the state of your cash flow.

Spending on Your Passion

Recently, I picked up two Le Creuset 5 1/2 quart French ovens on a special deal. I’ve been slowly upgrading our kitchen implements and I’ve wanted to upgrade our cracked ceramic casseroles with enameled cast iron that can be used over a burner and also thrown in an oven for baking purposes. They were expensive, far more than the ceramic items we originally purchased for casseroles.

2009 Gift Giving Guide: Ultimate uncluttering

In our fourth installment of Unclutterer’s 2009 Holiday Gift Giving Guide we’re discussing the ultimate gift of our Guide. In 2008, our ultimate gift selection was the Kindle (now also available with a 9.7″ display). In 2007, it was the Fujitsu ScanSnap (PC and Mac). For 2009, we’re proclaiming *Ta Da* Unclutter Your Life in One Week as the ultimate uncluttered gift.