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By Tony Clark

Should You Choose a Roth 401k or a Regular 401k?

By Xin LuYesterday I was talking to a friend and he mentioned that his company just started offering the option of investing in Roth 401ks. He was wondering if he should stick with his regular 401k or switch to the new option and we talked about the pros and cons of each for a little bit. Here are my conclusions.

How to Unlock Your Creative Motivation

So, you’ve got a good idea; a creative solution for a brief. Or you’ve just won a pitch. Fabulous. Now you’ve got to build the thing. If you can do that with the effortless lubrication of motivation from start to finish you’re lucky (and a bit unusual). If, like most of us, you find there are parts of the process where drive is a struggle, read on …

We can really make a difference. TODAY. But I need your help. Plus I have some free Reverend Billy DVDs to give away.

I really, really need support from all of you today (and I'm unashamedly bribing you with the offer of free Reverend Billy DVDs). But first I have to give you some background. Just read the bits in bold if you're in hurry.

How To Fly Old Glory With Respect

Photo by k_d90805 I always knew it was summertime when my old man took our American flag out of the closet and displayed it outside our house. Other dads in the neighborhood would do the same. All down my neighborhood street, flags of red, white, and blue flapped in the humid Oklahoma air.

25 Ways to Help a Fellow Human Being Today

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama Too often the trend in our society is for people to be separated from either other, to be cut off from the great mass of humanity, and in doing so to be dehumanized a little bit more with each step.

Friday Fun: Flip Video

My wife bought me a Flip Video Ultra for Father’s Day. If you’re unfamiliar, you can find more info here - but it’s essentially a really tiny digital video camera. It’s too cool for words, I kid you not. Here’s a video of my son and I playing with it: Are You the Hoonan? from Brett Kelly on Vimeo. Fun, fun stuff.

No Schedules, No Meetings—Enter Best Buy’s ROWE - Part 2

(Photo: badboy69) This is continued from Part 1 of my exclusive first blog interview with the co-developers of Best Buy’s results-only work environment, which has increased output at headquarters 41% and decreased quitting up to 90% in some divisions.

I worry about the happiness of the American Idol contestants.

Last night, they announced the winner of American Idol. Now, I know practically nothing about American Idol. I’d never watched for even one minute until a few months ago, when the Big Girl asked to start recording it so she could watch during her TV time.

Using Twitter and Blogging to Motivate Yourself Towards Personal Finance and Other Personal Goals

When I first started The Simple Dollar, I mostly intended it as a place to log my own personal financial progress and also note any interesting thoughts or findings I discovered related to personal finance and other related topics.

Design School’s Over, Now What?

It’s May and that means graduation time. Congrats to all the students leaving college to become professional designers.

Honda Hybrids

By Fred LeeFor those of you who have toyed with the idea of buying a hybrid but were discouraged by the price, you are not alone. In fact, despite the growing concern for the environment, not to mention the skyrocketing price of gas, hybrid cars still only represent a small percentage of global car sales, and a major reason for this is the cost.

Reader question: Help curb my cable clutter!

Reader Sara contacted us with an office organization dilemma:

Make Your Own Kind of Music

Quite often, I’ve mentioned that learning your own musical instrument is an incredibly frugal hobby. Almost every time I mention it, someone asks some follow up questions along the lines of: “How can that be frugal? Instruments are expensive!”

Pay attention

By Philip BrewerIs there an amount of money that's too small to concern yourself with?  People make that case, usually saying something like "Life is too short to waste time counting pennies."  They're missing the point, though, because they're focusing on the wrong thing.

Now and Then: How My Current Financial Situation Compares with a Decade Ago

I spent the 1990s addicted to credit cards. I was mired in debt. Recently while cleaning the garage, I unearthed a box full of old receipts and bank statements. I spent a couple hours sifting through them, aghast at my former spending habits. It was like peering into the life of a stranger. Addicted to debt