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small town living

THE HIDDEN COST OF SMALL TOWN LIVING Considering the many advantages of small town life, (studies show that we are far happier than our city dwelling peers, after all), it would make sense that living outside of a large city is a no-brainer. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.               READ MORE>>>

road trip

THE $1500 RULE FOR CAR BUYING Is there a financial decision that people agonize over more than buying a vehicle? I often find myself in conversations with friends and colleagues who are trying to figure out how buy a car without it breaking their budget. Most fail miserably. READ MORE>>>

something we all need

SOMETHING WE ALL NEED  “Just don’t hit her on the head or the back, my mom pleaded!” As the woman standing in front of me recounted the horror, all I could do was close my eyes and shake my head. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. READ MORE>>> 

thoughts on money

MIXED BILLS – THE CANNABIS CRAZE AND OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS ON MONEY I was dealing with some writer’s block this week, it happens from time to time. But rather than try and force myself to craft some fine piece of personal finance wisdom (it wouldn’t happen)…READ MORE>>>

Booking.com Review

BOOKING.COM REVIEW 2018 I’m often asked how our family saves so much money on travel, and Booking.com is definitely one of the tools that we use to make it happen. Because it’s tough to describe what  makes it so great in an email or conversation, I created a full review of Booking.com as a resource for you, my readers. READ MORE>>>


I APPLIED FOR A DEMOTION AND GOT TURNED DOWN I’ve spent the past four weeks in what felt like the world’s longest holding pattern. I’d been waiting on a decision that would have brought with it some major career and life change. Here’s how it all went down. READ MORE >>>