If you’re like most folks, it seems as if there can never be enough storage space in the home — especially when there’s a household full of kids. The good news is, that unused triangular nook under the stairs can often provide a natural solution for reducing everyday clutter by converting it into the perfect hiding spot for your stuff. And with a little imagination, sometimes it can even be turned
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Like it or not, when it comes to evaluating others, people tend to form an opinion within 30 seconds of meeting someone for the first time. Unfortunately, that resulting initial impression is generally extremely difficult to reverse should we start out on the wrong foot — which is why negative first impressions often lead to lost opportunities. Ironically, the best way to ensure you’ll make a great first impression is by
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It’s human nature for us to want to spend as much time as possible in the proverbial comfort zone. And why not? It takes courage to walk away from the dependable familiarity and security that waits for us there; for many, sometimes that’s even true in adverse situations, such as a failing relationship. Unfortunately, it’s impossible for us to grow, be creative, and lead truly fulfilling lives when we continually play
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Let’s face it, the more choices we have in life, the richer and more rewarding it becomes.
Fortunately, I’m currently in that coveted sweet spot where I can do pretty much whatever the heck I please, whenever I want.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not in a position to buy whatever I want, but I am able to take advantage of a lot of opportunities in life that are typically out
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Robert Louis Stevenson said that there can be no fairer ambition than to excel in talk. And while that may be true for the dreamers in life, successful people know the world will always depend on doers — folks who are motivated to follow through and turn grandiose plans into reality. Dreaming alone is never enough; you need ambition too. That means setting measurable goals and mustering the courage and fortitude
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When you’re facing an important financial decision, there’s something to be said about taking a night to think it over. That’s because, when it comes right down to it, most financial decisions aren’t emergencies — although a lot of folks might think otherwise. Unfortunately, people often feel compelled to throw caution to the wind and make expensive purchases — either on impulse, or under the gun of a high-pressure salesman —
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As this penny illustrates, even the United States Mint occasionally makes money mistakes.
I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve made more than a few mistakes in my lifetime. After all, everybody screws up occasionally; for us humans, mistakes come with the territory.
For example, I remember the time I decided it would be great fun to play Wii golf for eight consecutive hours. So I did.
Unfortunately for me, my
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While it didn't make this list, always beware of grocers who insist on using price tags written in Japanese.
When I was teenager I worked in a grocery store, initially as a box boy. Within six months of being hired, however, I was promoted to checker.
Over time I eventually got to work almost all of the jobs in the store including working the deli counter, and helping the overnight
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Today my good friend Paula Pant, who is the proprietor of the terrific blog Afford Anything, has graciously agreed to bail me out while I finish up my vacation in Hawaii — so please, folks, check out her site! I’ll be back on Tuesday.
For this guy, wasting time is a full-time job.
A few months ago I read an interesting analogy in the book Talent is Overrated, by
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Awhile back, we took my Rhodesian Ridgeback, to the veterinarian for what I call a pet “lube, oil and filter.” To put it another way, we had Major placed under a general anesthetic so the vet could clean his teeth and work on repairing a couple of malfunctioning anal glands. I know.
Then, adding insult to injury, Major got neutered too.
Of course, when my faithful pooch finally awoke
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