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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: 23 Ways Restaurants Save Money

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Finding a Quiet Space When Life is Busy

Back in November, I went away for a weekend’s retreat, and it was one of the best things I did last year. I have a lot going on in my life, and clearing that space meant juggling some commitments around – but it was well worth it.

Concentrating with Ambient Sounds

Do you ever have a hard time concentrating because of noisy distractions?   Wouldn’t it be ideal if you could break out the walls in your office and place your desk 25 or 30 feet away from that noisy employee, grinding printer, or chirping phone? Most of the time, you can’t do anything about your physical space and your proximity to noisy distractions.

Use your mac as a television

Large computer displays have become so affordable in recent years that many people who enjoy watching televised programming can now get by without owning a dedicated television set. This option can be particularly beneficial for those who live in smaller apartments or dorms. Unfortunately, not all programming is available on Hulu or Netflix.

Gustav desk with Billy shelves

Jessica pairs the Gustav writing desk with a hack on the Billy extension units. And it worked out perfectly. She says, "Living in a small house, my husband and I recently found that the Gustav writing desk was a perfect replacement for a desk that was way to big for the space.  The Gustav fit perfectly on the 45 inch wall available.  The problem?  No hutch or storage space.

How You Know When It's Time For Bankruptcy

By Stacy Johnson While producing news stories and researching books (here's my latest: Life or Debt 2010), I've explored virtually every way to deal with debt. This story is about the nuclear bomb of debt destruction: bankruptcy. When I produced the news story you’re about to see, I was just looking for a lawyer to interview regarding the basic facts.

"Middlemarch, Improvisation, and a Little Bit Married."

From time to time, I post short interviews with interesting people about their insights on happiness. 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.

Reader Mailbag #99

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. Do you get involved when someone you care about (sibling/friend) is heading down the road to financial ruin.

Playing Writer God With Bloggers

Yesterday, Lisa Barone danced my attention over to a post on Modite that claimed bloggers are not writers. I read through it. Twice. Actually three times. I marveled at how the post managed to squeeze the words “disintermediation, cadre and myriad” into a single 67 word sentence complete with snarky parenthetical.

Save cabinet space with stackable stemware

Stemware always takes up far too much space in kitchen cabinets. Even trendy stemless wine glasses can only reduce the shelf height requirement, leaving a full footprint occupied by each glass. That’s why we were elated to come across these inexpensive and stackable Eddy glasses from Crate & Barrel. They’re only $2.95 each. Cheers.

7 Tips for Negotiating a Freelance Contract

Setting your rates as a freelancer can be a tough decision. You have to determine what amount you have to earn each hour in order to not only pay your bills but have a little extra left over. You have to decide what your work is worth. You have to decide what clients will be willing to pay.

Great Lessons from Great Men

Because I write a personal finance blog, I read a lot of books about money. I’ll be honest: they’re usually pretty boring. Sure, they can tell you how to invest in bonds or how to find the latest loophole in the tax code. But most of them lack a certain something: the human element. Recently I’ve begun to read a different kind of money book in my spare time.

How to Find Meaning In Your Work

You have days when there just seems no point to what you’re doing – where it all feels futile or meaningless. Your motivation is low, yet the work still needs to be done.You might work for an employer, or you might be self-employed.

In Defense of Nostaglia

Share One criticism that is occasionally leveled at this site is that we are “overly nostalgic.” The critic will say that we are promoting the false idea that everything was better in the past. Now you won’t find anywhere on the entire site where we argue that everything was better in the “good old days.” Anyone who’s not a fan of the plague, slavery, or World Wars und

Review: One Year to an Organized Financial Life

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. The title of this book pretty much sums it up. One Year to an Organized Financial Life by Regina Leeds basically lays out a week-by-week plan for getting your financial house in order.