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By The FLS Team

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2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Treat Launcher Dropping pet treats on the floor is EXHAUSTING!

Reader Stories: Your debt-paying personality

This reader story comes from long-time reader and commenter Bill McFadin, aka Cybergeezer, who commented that he had submitted a story months ago that never ran. We asked if he would resubmit the article, which he kindly did — and then he submitted another one! Some reader stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success or failure.

Put the Big Rocks in First [VIDEO]

Do you feel like you’re crazy busy every day and yet you seem to accomplish very little and don’t make much progress towards your goals? This video will explain why that is and what you can do about it. This “object lesson” was inspired by Stephen Covey’s book First Things First. Definitely recommend picking up a copy.

The Craft of Editing a Very Short Story

Lydia Davis, an author of “very short stories” for more than 40 years, described her editing process in feature for The Atlantic. The image above contains the original handwritten text. She then made these edits: 1.

Choosing a Budgeting System That’s Right for You

Over the last several years, I’ve had the opportunity to try out a number of different budgeting systems, both for personal use and because readers have asked me to try them out. All of these options have the same goal: get control over your money. Where they vary is in their execution. Some allow you to directly import information from your banks, while others do not.

Guess: Which Virtue Gives Other Virtues Their “Principal Lustre”?

“Self-command is not only itself a great virtue, but from it all the other virtues seem to derive their principal lustre.” –Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments Agree, disagree? I was trying to figure out what Smith means, exactly, and I think it’s this: when we consider the possessions of virtues, without self-command, they shrink.

Art of Manliness Podcast #78: The Myth of Following Your Passion

In today’s episode I talk to Cal Newport, author of the book So Good They Can’t Ignore Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love. In his book Cal makes that provocative case that “following your passion” is terrible career advice and can actually cause people needless anxiety and problems in their lives.

The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: August 22, 2014

Last week’s TankFarm giveaway winner was Ed from Minnesota. Two weeks ago our Huckberry winner was Clark from Greenville, SC, and he chose the Windsor Jacket. Congrats to both! My Picks This Week The Nisolo Chukka Boots are a favorite in the Huckberry office; we have it on good authority that many of the guys wear them daily.

The Lies Your Mind Tells You to Prevent Life Changes

By Leo Babauta The mind is a wonderful thing.

Giveaway: Women’s Amenity Kit from Etihad

Every Friday is giveaway day. Comment to win! I recently flew Etihad from Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi—their longest route! Thankfully, I had a nice comfy seat suite courtesy of American Airlines miles. As part of the trip, I received a nice amenity kit, and this time I asked for the women’s version. I have plenty of amenity kits in my house, so this one can be yours.

Backstage Lamp

Materials: Jansjo LED Lamp This project adds a dark blue gel onto the low wattage IKEA Jansjo lamp for use backstage at the community theater. First, machine the Clamp Plate, Gel Plate, and Housing. Next, sandwich the gel between the Housing and the Gel Plate and secure with four M3X6 socket head cap screws.

Floatie Pen Display

  Every since I was little I was fascinated with floatie pens. I am not sure how my ‘collection’ actually started but at some point I realized that I sort of had a lot and should display them. As I was searching for a display to purchase, it quickly became apparent that there was no such thing–at least that I was able to locate. So, I made several attempts at DIY displays.

Chase Freedom® Review: 5% Cash Back, No Annual Fee

The Chase Freedom® is a top rewards card that masquerades as a cash back card. Not only can you redeem points for statement credits (“true” cash back), you can also use your Ultimate Rewards points for just about anything else like gift cards, products, and even travel. The card offers 5% back on bonus categories that change every quarter and 1% on everything else, with no annual fee.

Before & After: “The Thought of Smoking Made Me Sick.”

I’m writing my next book, Better Than Before, about how we make and break habits– an issue  very relevant to happiness. Each week, I’ll post a before-and-after story submitted by a reader, about how he or she successfully changed a habit. We can all learn from each other.

Buying It for Life Versus Buying Ultra-Cheap

I’m a big believer in a “buy it for life” philosophy. If you can buy a single item and it will last you for a very, very long time, then you have no need to buy replacements.