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By Jonathan Fields

Reader Mailbag: National Novel Writing Month Begins

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Trust fund family problems 2. New job, retirement issues 3. Long term care insurance 4. How do CDs work? 5. Book on blogging 6. Paying ahead on mortgage 7. Books on fatherhood 8. Roll over my TSP? 9.

The Bucket List Lie

Bucket lists seem all the rage online these days.Filled with visions of places to see, things to do, people to lunch with, books to read, mountains to summit…someday, before we die.Sadly, though, most bucket lists are works of fiction, written but never manifested.Dreamed of, but never lived.For most people, making them is the functional-equivalent of reading yet another self-help book, with

British officials demand reduction in street sign clutter

British officials have found that excessive street signage impedes driver safety, in addition to cluttering up a picturesque view. As a result, federal-level British officials are writing to city council leaders across England demanding road signage be decreased.

Word Clock

Materials: Ribba-Frame, ATmega328-MCU Description: This hack modifies a Ribba-Frame into a word-clock that displays the time in words. 1. Drill holes in the back-plate of the Ribba-Frame for the LEDs. 2. Solder the LEDs to a grid where anodes and cathodes get shared in each row and column. 3. Make a proof-of-concept on a breadboard.

Gaming The System: Score Points With Your Savings

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. I’m at a bit of a personal-finance plateau. I’ve conquered my credit cards. I’m chipping away at my loans using the same tactics that helped me pay off the plastic debt. I’m living about as frugally as I comfortably can.

How Wanting Something with Your Whole Being Makes it a Reality

Desire is the bread and butter of success. If you don’t desire your goals enough, you won’t be able to muster the motivation to go after them, the courage to put yourself out there and you will not be able to tap into the enormous potential your desperation will let you access. Everyone has dreams and goals in their lives.

What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space

We're addicted to distraction, and it's holding us back. To attain true genius in the 21st century, we must learn to build a discipline of unplugging and deep thinking.

"Life Is Barren Enough Surely With All Her Trappings; Let Us Therefore Be Cautious How We Strip Her."

“Life is barren enough surely with all her trappings; let us therefore be cautious how we strip her.” -- Samuel Johnson I've been thinking a lot about simplicity lately, and I've realized that for me, the danger is to simplify too much. So, as always, Johnson's words resonated. * Twitter is great.

Review: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half is the follow-up to America’s Cheapest Family, a very solid book on frugality by Steve and Annette Economides from 2007 that I quite liked. Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half seems to be a detailed expansion of the second chapter of their first book.

Multitasking Is Murdering Your Productivity: 6 Simple Ways To Stop, Starting Today

Multitasking is the art of distracting yourself from things you don’t really want to do by doing many of them at once. If you’re like most people, you think you’re getting a lot more done when you juggle a ton of to-do’s. You’re not. At best, you’re doing slightly less than you would if you kept your eyes set on a single task.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Making exceptions to your uncluttered standardsMaking exceptions to uncluttered standards can become a slippery slope. If we don’t keep a watchful eye on our stuff, eventually our entire homes and offices are filled with clutter again.

Choosing What to Have… and What Not to Have

Last night, my oldest son and my daughter and I played an hour-long game of tag. By the end of it, we were all worn out. Both kids had collapsed on my lap and we were sitting there, giggling and cooling off from all of the running around. My daughter then gave me a big hug and just laid her head on my shoulder, as she was getting tired.

Linkswitch #41: Happy Halloween!

Web Designer’s Guide To Copywriting Profits If a web design agency wants to increase their sales, there’s one way that’s easier and quicker than the rest: sell copywriting services. When you sell copywriting to your clients, their websites will achieve more sales and better results. In addition, your projects will run more smoothly and efficiently. Busting the Top 3 Guest Blogging Myth

Reader Story: Since My Divorce

This guest post from Mandy Walker is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.