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By Chanpory Rith

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Understanding how you process information to help you get organized, part IIdentifying how your process information can help you determine which organization system is best for you. Unclutterer on the Precision Change podcastErin appears on an episode of Precision Change called Tired of the Crap? Become an Unclutterer!

Major Purchases and Your Specific Life Situation

When I turned sixteen, I had roughly $1,000 saved up with which to buy a car. Obviously, my biggest concern was what is the cheapest thing that can get me on the road?

Starting a Business After a Job Loss

This is a guest post from Matt, a long-time GRS reader. After earning a master’s degree in electrical engineering, my father joined a large technology company where he did quite well for himself. The company transferred him twice, requiring him to pick up and move his newly-created family across the country. Then he was laid off.

The Plumber’s Guide to Finding & Keeping Clients

I live and run my studio in a house that’s 53 years old. Like most houses its age, it has issues. (Translation: It’s an emotionally needy house.) Earlier this spring, I was repairing the plumbing in the shower. When I went outside to shut off the house water, I noticed that the water line was leaking. Uh-oh.

Would you get rid of credit cards if stores give more discounts to customers who pay cash ?

By Xin Lu I am sure you have encountered a store or gas station that has a set of prices for cash customers and a different set of prices for credit card customers.  Usually the credit card customer has to pay a small surcharge.  Under a new measure being considered in the U.S.

The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: Graduated Law School Edition

It’s finally done. After three long years, I graduated from law school last Saturday. It feels downright euphoric to be done with school,although I’m still having a hard time believing that I won’t be going back to class next fall. It’s just weird. But I’m certainly ready to start the next phase of my life. Now for some links:

Video: How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

After recent appearances on WHO-TV and KCCI-TV in Des Moines, a number of Des Moines area residents have contacted me with lots of questions about The Simple Dollar and saving money.

The desk whisperer

Thursday evening, I was a presenter at the first Ignite-DC. An Ignite presentation is exactly five minutes, contains 20 slides, and each slide advances automatically every 15 seconds. An evening consists of 16 artists, technologists, thinkers, and personalities talking about subjects they love.

Learning to Do It Yourself

This is a guest post from my wife. I am not handy.

Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose - Random Episode 2

Random Episode Numero 2 from Glenn McElhose on Vimeo. Kevin and I are at it again in this 2nd episode of what is still being called “Random”. Have a better name or topic suggestions? Tell us in the comments! This time, we discuss recent discoveries and experimentation - from new internet apps and electronic gadgets to knives and functional MRI (fMRI). MP3 version to come.

Some Thoughts on the Tightwad Gazette’s “Flexible Casserole Recipe”

Although I love cooking interesting and complex meals for my family, the reality of life is that many nights, the time for meal preparation is sandwiched tightly between my work, my son’s soccer game, a community meeting, a promise to draw pictures with my daughter, and a pretty firm eight o’clock bedtime.

Be Happier: Make a Break in Your Routine.

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. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project.

Hackeas: Easy fixes

Jonas gets pretty Paula adds her touch to the Jonas computer table, via the magic of a black Sharpie. Laptop stand and desk unclutterer Rick tips me on this laptop stand featured on Lifehacker. Moritzvd repurposed the Mackis CD storage drawer to run some cables and voila! it's a laptop stand with organizer, desk declutter all in one. See more of the laptop stand and organiser.

Ask Unclutterer: Swimming in financial prospectuses

Reader Erin submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer:

Seven Steps Towards Minimizing Your Junk Mail and Unwanted Calls

One big disadvantage of bargain hunting, being politically active, and researching personal finance products is that I often end up o a lot of mailing lists and calling lists. And they’re distracting.