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By Trent Hamm

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.

8 Productivity Tips I Learned Interviewing 100 Successful Entrepreneurs

As a hopeless daydreamer, I often laugh at my past. For instance, not long ago, I placed 'Organization' under my list of strengths. Once I jumped into the world of entrepreneurship, I hit the ground with a spine-shaking thump. Let me guess, you're nodding right now, aren't you? Oh yes, we come up with the darndest things when we're younger.

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The Happiness of Pursuit Is a NYT Bestseller! (Because of you!)

Yep yep, it’s true… because of our great readers, The Happiness of Pursuit debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list this weekend. I’m so excited!

A year ago on Unclutterer

2012 Money saving ideas that can create clutter You can turn your clutter into cash. Check out these six money making ideas and tips to keep clutter from infiltrating your space. Unitasker Wednesday: Elegant Baby Cup At $160, this Elegant Baby Cup signals to all the other babies that your baby knows how to live it up and fine dine with the mucky muck.

Books with Impact: Early Retirement Extreme

The “Books with Impact” series takes a deeper look at specific books that have had a profound impact on my financial, professional, and personal growth by extracting specific points of advice from those books and looking at how I’ve applied them in my life with successful results.

Bringing Back Common Sense [VIDEO]

Whenever we publish an article about a basic life skill, we invariably get a comment from someones that says “Gee, it’s so sad that such common sense has to be taught on the internet.

Art of Manliness Podcast #82: The Secrets of Happy Families with Bruce Feiler

This episode is brought to you in part by OriginalStitch.com.

The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: September 19, 2014

Last week’s winner was Anthony from Milwaukee, WI. He chose the Millwright boots made by Woolrich. My Picks This Week We’ve featured the meat bars from EPIC before, and now they’ve come out with a new product: the Hunter Gatherer pack. It’s one part beef jerky, one part trail mix, made with only the finest ingredients.