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By John Wesley

Reader Mailbag: Competition

Several people have asked me recently why I have a “weekly roundup” (where I link to sites that write about similar things as me) and why I have a big list of blogs I like on every page of The Simple Dollar. Isn’t that just helping the competition? Maybe. But I don’t really view those sites as competition.

How to Use Up Remaining Balances on Prepaid Gift Cards

By Linsey Knerl Looking in my wallet, there are no less than 5 prepaid debit or gift cards hiding at any one time. While I seem to have no trouble using up store gift cards (Walmart or Amazon, for example), I just can’t seem to rid my life of these nagging, tiny balances that make it inconvenient and a little embarrassing to shop.

Be Your Own Guru

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

10 Ways to Deal With the Non-Simplifying Others in Your Life

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.” ~Reinhold Niebuhr, The Serenity Prayer Post written by Leo Babauta.

Freelance Freedom #148

Book Review: The Other 8 Hours

Before I started Get Rich Slowly, I was a slacker. I’d get up in the morning and drive to a job I hated where I gave almost no effort.

How To Become Really Unstoppable

This article should not be scanned or read quickly, but instead each word must be read carefully, absorbed by your mind so it can be applied properly.

The Bucket List Generation in the Age of Anomie

ShareIn the Art of Manliness Community, members often pose questions to the forum asking for advice. One question that pops up from time to time runs something like this: “I feel like I’ve lost passion for everything in life.

Review: Your Money Ratios

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of related interest. One thing I often do when looking for books to read and review for The Simple Dollar is simply go to the “new releases” section of my local library and browse the personal finance new releases.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Unstocking the pantryCheck out these two bare minimums lists and consider using them as clutter identification guides for your kitchen pantry. Unitasker Wednesday: The baby food organizerThe “space saving design” is a little suspect in that it displays the jars in a vertical fashion rather than simply stacking neatly in your cupboard. New baby products from Built NYBuilt NY has r

My Experiment to Break Free from TV

A few years back, I decided to try a "no TV" experiment. I wanted to see if it was possible to give up television for an entire week. It wasn't as extreme as the 30 day experiment mentioned here, but it seemed like a good length of time to me. Actually, before beginning the experiment a single week of no TV seemed like a lifetime.

A Look at My “Idea Notebook”

As I’ve mentioned several times over the years, I carry a pocket notebook and a pen with me wherever I go. Whenever I have any sort of an idea or discover any piece of information I might want to use or reflect on later, I don’t hesitate to pull out that notebook and jot it down. I can’t even tell you the number of times this notebook has really come in handy in my life.

Reader Story: I Bought a Fire Station for My First Home

This post is part of the new “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

Manvotional: Watch Yourself Go By

Watch Yourself Go ByBy: Strickland GillilanJust stand aside and watch yourself go by; Think of yourself as “he” instead of “I.” Note, closely as in other men you note The bag-kneed trousers and the seedy coat. Pick flaws; find fault; forget the man is you, And strive to make your estimate ring true.

Digging Into the Rental Argument

Shanna writes in: You’ve written before about how Netflix is a good deal if you’re an avid movie watcher and Gamefly is a good deal if you’re an avid video game player. You’re an avid reader. Have you ever looked at BookSwim? I have, and I’ve gone back and forth on whether or not to use the service. BookSwim basically functions like Netflix for books.