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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm

The most money I’ve ever lost

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. Several years ago, my husband and I were planning to build a house. We bought the land and cleared the build site. We then started working with an architect, which is how we lost $12,500 in a matter of months. Here’s how it went down.

10 Times When It’s Okay to Be Lazy

Two concepts we tend to lump together are laziness and being unproductive. But I don’t think that’s necessarily true. I think it is possible to be lazy and be productive at the same time; it just depends what areas of your life you’re seeking to improve. Don’t believe me? Here are 10 examples of times when it’s okay to be lazy while still improving yourself and your life. 1.

Medal Hanger

Materials: BYGEL grey/silver rail, Ribba Picture Ledge, RIKTIG curtain hooks with clip It doesn’t matter if you are a champion or an amateur athlete, if you have earned some medals it is great to put them on display. There are several readymade medal hangers but I preferred to make one on my own. I used two IKEA products for this.

How to Create Your Own Rites of Passage

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Khaled Allen. I hadn’t seen another human being all day, I was miles from my car, and the sun was going down, but I wasn’t even thinking of going back. I huddled in my one-person tent, which wasn’t even tall enough for me to sit upright, as a thunderstorm hammered down around me.

Do You Treat Yourself? Why You Should.

I offer free, signed bookplates to readers, and after I’ve signed them, my younger daughter helps me get the envelopes ready to mail. While we do this, we watch endless re-runs of the brilliant TV show, Parks and Recreation. (Before Parks and Rec, we watched The Office. What show should be next?) She’s thrilled, because if she helps me, she gets to watch extra TV. I get free labor.

“Your Time to Build for the Future Before the World Descends On You”

I’m not very good at all the things you’re supposed to do to be more productive. I check email first thing in the morning and then continually throughout the day.

A little uncluttering goes a long way

Organizing and uncluttering may seem like an overwhelming job, but that is only if you think about your entire house or your entire office as a single project. Instead of feeling anxious about the tasks you have set out for yourself, make a realistic plan you can manage. The following are a few tips to help you keep the momentum and not become discouraged: Slow and steady wins the race.

MALM glass plate and DIODER LED wall light

Materials: BEHANDLA woodoil white, DIODER RGB LED, MALM glass plate white LED wall lamps are quite expensive so I looked for a nice looking cheaper alternative.

Questions about Old Stamps, Yoga, Hospital Bills, Chess, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Hospital bills and 529 plans 2. Planning with constant challenges 3. Using old baseball cards 4. Frugal yoga tip 5. Baking bread at home 6. Frugality and “ripping off” businesses 7.

5 Ways To Add Spark to Your Cup of Coffee (and Life)

Is your coffee just something you grab as a take-out from the faceless coffee shop on your way to the office? Or is it worse, some grey watery liquid dispensed from a machine. Could you be getting more from your coffee and indeed life? 1. Pause just a moment and do it well.

Contemporary wooden-top TV bench

We moved into a new house, and for a whole year our TV sat on an old Expedit shelf (brought over from this previous hack). Well this was a terrible temporary solution as it was way too tall and just looked plain ugly, but I wanted to take my time designing the right TV console for that space.

Lessons from the Journey: Everyone has a calling. Follow your (own) passion

From my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests. This series explores some of these lessons. Lesson: Everyone has a calling. Follow your (own) passion. Pay attention to the things that excite you and the things that bother you.

Cash Versus Accrual Accounting: What's the Difference, and Why Does it Matter?

Whether you’re playing cards, baseball or Candy Crush Saga, you’re not going to be successful unless you understand how to keep score.The game of business is no different. The only problem is that the way you keep score—accounting and bookkeeping—can be quite complicated.

Dinner ideas — cooking “flexipe” style to save money

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. I’ve been cooking for years. Although, if you ask my husband, I’ve been screwing up fried eggs for just as long. (His secret: Fry them on low to avoid cooking the egg too quickly.) So I am no genius in the kitchen, but I am getting better. Flexible cooking I used to follow recipes exactly, afraid to deviate at all.

How to Make Your Dream a Reality

To me, these two seemingly innocuous words, “some” and “day,” when put together are the most empty and depressing seven letters in our language. They are a synonym for “never” and “ain’t going to happen.” They are the lie we tell ourselves for a dream that we will never ever, in our lifetime, accomplish.