The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Slight Redesigns Edition

Over the last week, I’ve been rolling out little changes to The Simple Dollar, mostly in an effort to make the site useable, and more are to come over the next few weeks. I don’t want to make a radical change to the site, but there are a lot of little things I’d like to add to the site – and some elements I want to remove.

If you notice anything broken, please let me know. I don’t think I’ll actually be breaking anything significant, but you never know, I suppose.

Working from Home: 10 Unconscious Clues to Create a Work-Life Balance I find that I’ve unconsciously begun to use most of these cues with my own work, though this would have been very useful early on in my home office. (@ awake at the wheel)

My Financial Implosion: A Surprising Blast from the Past Many people begin their financial recovery after hitting some sort of bottom. I often find those stories quite fascinating – perhaps because I can identify with them so well. (@ queercents)

Make Your Refrigerator Far More Efficient Excellent advice all around. I’m always loading empty milk jugs mostly filled with water into the freezer – it improves energy efficiency and provides tons of ice when I need it. It links to an even better New York Times article on the subject, but that one’s hidden behind a sign-up screen. (@ lifehacker)

15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel Witch hazel is dirt-cheap and has lots of worthwhile uses. For one, it’s been key for us in fighting diaper rash – and much cheaper than most diaper creams. (@ wise bread)

Is Personal Responsibility Dead? Personal responsibility dies when the general culture no longer expects it. If others don’t expect you to be responsible, many people will take the shortcut. (@ five cent nickel)

Debt Tsunami: The Ultimate Method for Paying Off Debt There’s actually a lot of sense in this method, since it hinges so strongly on emotion. (@ man vs. debt)