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Rethinking Allowance: Taking Off the Training Wheels

As I mentioned recently, Sarah and I have noticed how our children’s relationship with their allowance has changed over the years. When we first started giving them an allowance, we used a simple strategy where they split their money up among several items – investing, charity, saving for a goal, and free spending.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Baby tooth organizer Since the Tooth Fairy takes teeth away, there is absolutely no need in the entire universe for the Baby Tooth Flapbook. 2012 Unitasker Wednesday: Pour some iced coffee on me There are special trays to make frozen coffee cubes and special coffeemakers to make only iced coffee. Seriously. These things exists. I’m not making them up.

Celebrating Your Achievement Without Undoing Your Progress

At one point, Sarah and I had almost $200,000 in total debt. Several years later, after a ton of hard work, we sent in the last check to pay off our final debt. We had achieved debt freedom. It was really tempting to celebrate that achievement. We had worked so hard for so many years to get ourselves out of debt and it really felt worthy of some sort of reward. What did we do?

“There Is a Charm, Even for Homely Things, in Perfect Maintenance.”

“There is a charm, even for homely things, in perfect maintenance.” – Louis Auchincloss, The House of Five Talents Agree, disagree? I feel this very strongly myself, and I write about it quite a lot in The Happiness Project and Happier at Home.

Another visit with the real Millionaire Next Door

Note: This article is from J.D. Roth, who founded Get Rich Slowly in 2006. J.D.’s non-financial writing can be found at More Than Money, where he recently wrote about how to be happy. It was sunny last Friday afternoon, so I decided to go for a ride. Because Kim has been riding motorcycles all her life, I took a training class last August and now own a used Honda Rebel.

4 Ways To Instantly Swap The Boring Out Of Your Life

It's Sunday night. For most, that's unfortunate. It's time to get serious, right? We're about to dive head first into the excel sheets, group meetings, and shitty coffee as we all talk about our weekend bender or failed OkCupid date. A feeling of monotony begins to descend over your soul as you realize you're as far from the next weekend as possible.

Art of Manliness Podcast #63: Spartan Up With Joe De Sena

Editor’s Note: We’re switching podcast hosts from Podbean to SoundCloud. If you’ve subscribed to our podcast with our Podbean RSS, you’ll want to update your player to our new podcast RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/artofmanlinesspodcast. If you’ve subscribed to our podcast through iTunes or Stitcher you shouldn’t have to make any updates.

Heating, Cooling, and Saving

I really enjoyed this talk from Paul Wheaton on the reality of energy savings at home: Essentially, Wheaton breaks down the various ways to heat and cool your home into three groups. He mostly focuses on heat, but these ideas apply almost the same as cooling. The first group includes things that you touch for heat. Think of a heated blanket, for example.

How to Use Meditation to Dominate Negativity

I'm sure there have been at least a few times in your life when a negative response has made matters worse. Let's say you're working on a complicated project for months. You've done all types of research and details of the project have even spilled over into your personal life.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #173

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on relationships and risk “Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence.

How to Iron a Dress Shirt [VIDEO]

Your video guide to ironing a dress shirt properly. For a detailed text guide, read our post on how to iron a dress shirt. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new videos as soon as they’re posted. If you’re viewing this in your email, click this link to watch the video. Edited by Jordan Crowder

Before and After: “I Needed to Establish a Small, Non-Threatening Daily Writing Habit, and I Needed Accountability.”

I’m writing my next book, Before and After, 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. If you’d like to share your story, contact me here.

Should Your Partner’s Debt Keep You Out of a Relationship?

Recently, a reader wrote to me with what would have been a stellar reader mailbag question except for the fact that it was full of personal details.

Tertial hanging lamp

For my Tertial iPad holder hack, I cannibalized a Tertial, but had the lamp as a left-over. So I decided to create a hanging lamp with it.

The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: April 11, 2014

Last week’s winner was: Ben C. from Detroit, MI. Ben chose a map of New York City from Future Maps. My Picks This Week If you’re looking for a durable fabric bag, there’s simply no better choice than Filson. This bad boy can get you through any adventure you could find yourself in.