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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Outside Looking In: How Others View Our Spending

Last week, I went running with my friend Mac. As we ran, we talked. Mac asked me how it felt to be out of debt, to actually be saving money. Like many of my friends, he’s watched my financial turnaround with interest.

Never again

It is a wise person who can learn as much from failure as success. I try my best to gain what I can from mistakes and botched attempts, but there are times when it takes me more than once to learn a lesson. Until last week, it never crossed my mind that I could track these failures and learn from them in a more systematic approach. Then, I learned about these:

What should you do when you are asked to repay an overpayment of severance?

By Xin LuTechCrunch recently reported that the software giant Microsoft made mistakes on the severances it paid to its laid off workers. As a result, Microsoft sent out letters to an unknown amount of employees asking for a repayment of the overage.

Pregnant with potential

Click on the image to enlarge.A friend told me today how, when traveling in Tuscany, she stopped in a chapel in Monterchi and was inspired by this painting by Piero della Francesca of the pregnant Madonna (La Madonna del Parto or the Madonna of childbirth).Francesca's is the only known depiction of Madonna in pregnancy from the Italian Renaissance period (though others came later), and it was

Freelance Freedom #93

101 Tax deductions for bloggers and freelancers

By Paul MichaelAnyone here like doing taxes? Didn’t think so. We all have to do them; we all have to pay money to Uncle Sam (although some get away with paying much less than others).  But as a freelancer and/or a blogger, are you overlooking dozens of legitimate deductions that could save you a whole lot of money?

Happiness Quotation from Robert Browning.

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” -- Robert Browning * New to the Happiness Project? Consider subscribing to my RSS feed.

“Do What You Love” — And Other Career Advice

On Tuesday, I spoke to students at Western Oregon University about the transition from college to the “real world”. I attended this same event last year, so knew going in that it would be interesting to hear what the other presenters had to say. I spoke about personal finance; they spoke about finding a job and finding meaning. I took notes.

Review: Work Less, Live More - The Way to Semi-Retirement

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Toy lending library Online toy rental in the spirit of NetflixBaby Plays allows parents to rotate toys in and out as their children grow, in the same fashion as the movie rental program Netflix. Creating a weekly meal planUsing a meal plan can help keep extra inches off the waistline, save you time at the grocery store, and answer the age old question What’s For Dinner?

The Happy Minimum

Yesterday morning, my son and I were in the bathroom cleaning. I noticed that we were almost out of toilet paper. My son went to retrieve some (he may only be three years old, but he knows how to change the toilet paper roll! I’m so proud.) and while he was getting the paper, I quickly used the toilet, using the remaining toilet paper - about nine squares of it or so.

Book Review: Overcoming Underearning

This is a guest post from Jeremy M, who writes about experiencing a full life at Lucid Living. When I asked GRS readers recently which books they’d like to see revieweed here, Overcoming Underearning was near the top of the list. Jeremy volunteered to review it, so I sent him a copy!

Manvotional: Playing the Game

Image from paoloboza I ran across this poem by an anonymous author the other day. I think it sums up nicely how a man should approach life: play fair, don’t whine when things don’t go your way, and bust your butt in everything you do. Play the game of life well, and you’ll be a success. Life is a game with a glorious prize, If we can only play it right.

Should CNN Replace Stock Analysts — With Cats?

You know what? Personal finance is too serious — especially lately. I have a “funny money” category, but I rarely use it. Maybe I should post something to it now and then. Something like this: Cats and investing! What could be better?