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Questions about Baby Exhaustion, Data Plans, Goodwill, Costco, 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. Money discipline with baby exhaustion 2. Never enough 3. Piles of old paperbacks 4. Books for high earners 5. Investing small amounts 6. The $2,000 iPad 7. Buy it for life: Goodwill 8. Comparing quality of life 9.

Lessons from the Journey: Misadventures Produce Confidence

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: Misadventures produce confidence. At nearly every stage in my journey to every country in the world, something went wrong.

Automatic Creativity: How to Make Creative Thinking into a Habit

In the 21st century, ideas are valuable. That's because we live in an information economy.A century ago, value was created through manufacturing. You took raw materials and used them to create a product. You then sold the product for more than you paid for the raw materials.

Saving Money in Your Startup

So you’re thinking about starting a business. Congrats! Now what?

Lofted kids bed for a small space

Materials: Malm 6 drawer dresser and both are placed on a Renate rug, Ovre bed We have 3 kids and since 2 already share a room our third was fit into a fairly small room (7×8). Since floor space is at a premium in her room we needed a way to loft a bed for her and also find a bed that could be fit into the space.

Will Canning Your Food Save You Money?

This article is by staff writer Lisa Aberle. When I was a child, we lived on a farm that had a grape arbor loaded with Concord grapes. Each September, my mom would can jars upon jars of grape juice, and I have fond memories of evenings around the kitchen table as our family ate popcorn and drank that delicious stuff (which doesn’t taste like anything I’ve ever purchased from a store).

25 Lessons About Life I Learned in 25 Years

My life doesn’t look anything like I thought it would at 25. I don’t have a great job, my car barely gets me from point A to B, and I exercise just enough so I don’t feel guilty about that second piece of cake.

Best Home Warranty Company for 2014

If you’re considering a home warranty to help protect you from costly home repairs, there are several companies that want your business. Unlike the big insurance companies that provide home, life, and auto policies, home warranty companies aren’t household names.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 Unitasker Wednesday: Eggo Expand-O Another very odd, yet specific, food storage container! Tech suggestions for dealing with stuff Actions, projects, reference, and trash — technological solutions for processing these four categories of stuff. 2012 Be productive no matter where you are You can be productive no matter where you are.

Mini City Guide: Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

I love big cities, and always enjoy returning to Hong Kong, New York, and Sydney—among many others.

How to End This Sentence? “There Is Certainly No Greater Happiness Than To…”

How would you end that sentence? Here’s how Dr. Johnson completed it: “There is certainly no greater happiness than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed, to trace our own progress in existence by such tokens that excite neither shame nor sorrow.” –Samuel Johnson, “Rambler No. 41,” August 7, 1750 I love the work of Samuel Johnson.

Insurance Ads: Trick or Treat?

Insurance isn’t a product you can see or touch, so insurers sell memorable characters — such as Allstate’s ‘Mayhem.’ Remember that ad…? Of course you do, because even when you think advertising isn’t having an effect on you, it is.

Big Bonus Ending: Last Day (Really) to Fly & Stay for Nearly Free with 70,000 Points

Link: 70,000 Ultimate Rewards Bonus (Ending Soon) **** Update: The 70,000 point offer has now ended. The card still offers 50,000 points and has gone back to having no annual fee in the first year. **** It’s finally going away!

Nine Strategies for Cultivating a Mindset of Financial Independence

As I’ve stated many times, Sarah and I have a central goal of financial independence at the earliest possible age. Financial independence, to us, means that the requirement of money in exchange for our work becomes entirely optional, leaving us to choose options for our work based entirely on our own skills and personal joy.

“The only reason to be in business is to be great.”

A conversation with David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker. Interviewer: The role of an editor is much broader today. Is there anything you feel uncomfortable doing, or is there anything you’re doing that you hadn’t expected to enjoy? D.R.: I enjoy all of it to one degree or another. There are days when you might enjoy it a little less, due to one crisis or another.