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5 Reasons Why We Still Love Our Small Home

our small home

My wife and I took possession of our current home 13 years ago this month. October 10th, 2006, to be precise. We moved in with three very young kids in tow, our youngest was not even 3 months at the time. I’ll never forget that first night in our new home. After everyone was asleep, and with all of the …

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WHY YOU SHOULD CELEBRATE SMALL VICTORIES

I’m going to ask you to do something today. Take your biggest dreams, and lay them down.  The very things that propel you forward, that fuel the fire inside you.  That’s right.  For today, I want you to set them aside. Just for today. Your money or career goals.  Early retirement.  Dreams for your relationships. Lay them down. Your fitness …

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Here’s One Less Excuse for Buying a New Car

Much to the chagrin, I’m sure, of a segment of my audience, I’ve written a lot of blog posts about cars. There are probably two reasons for this. Number one? I love cars. I’m a car guy, though not in the way most people think of when they refer to someone as a ‘car guy’. My mechanical skills are limited …

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WOULD YOU BUY YOUR CHILD THEIR FIRST CAR?

first car

***Update 05/26/19*** It’s a question many parents ask themselves.  Should you purchase a first car for your child, versus having them save the money on their own. My son turned 16 about six months ago, and is currently shopping for his first car. Naturally, this has led to many conversations with other parents about their own experiences. What I’ve found, …

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What We Spent On Our Bermuda Vacation

bermuda vacation

This post contains affiliate links. Please see our full disclosure below. We just returned from our ‘end of winter/early spring’ vacation to visit our family in Bermuda, so I thought I’d put together a short post on the money aspect of our trip. This is a personal finance blog, after all. 🙂 In a few weeks, I’ll write a more …

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The Many Advantages Of Tent Trailer Camping

advantages of tent trailer camping

The 2019 camping season begins this morning (kind of), with the opening of the camping reservation website where we live. Thousands of campers will flood the site beginning at 7 AM. There’s always a mad rush to book the best sites on the most popular weekends. It reminded me of this popular post I wrote about a year ago, and …

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Kids and Money: The Value Of Planting Seeds

planting seeds

Depending on who you ask, my son and I shared some great bonding time this afternoon. And while I’m not sure he views the experience in quite the same light, it was an activity I’d been looking forward to for months. I can’t tell you the number of times over the past few weeks that I reminded him, “Hey, remember …

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January Goal Confessional: I Missed Every One.

January Goal Confessional

My apologies to the “it’s all about the hustle” crowd. There’s no point in trying to sugarcoat this. I set 3 personal goals for the month of January…and came up short on every one. If you didn’t catch my goal setting post in early January, allow me to bring you up to speed. Tired of the ‘same old’ no-spend Januaries …

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My Goals For January 2019 (and why I’m not doing a no-spend month)

goals for January 2019

If you’ve been a long time reader, you’re probably aware that for the past two years, I’ve kicked things off in January with a month long spending freeze. I affectionately refer to it as my no-spend January, which meant that for 31 days, I didn’t spend a cent on non-essential items. Not a dime on that daily coffee habit, or …

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35 KICK-A$$ WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR FINANCES IN 2019

ways to improve your finances

This post may contain affiliate links, see full disclosure below. Updated, December 23, 2019. If you’re looking for ways to improve your finances, you’ve come to the right place!  In this post, I give you 35 ways you can begin to change your financial situation in 2019.  1. Understand your financial values. When it comes to money, many people feel stuck …