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Booking.com Review 2018

booking.com review

This post contains affiliate links. Please see full disclosure below.   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. Related Post: How Our Family Of Five Pulled Off An 18-Day Road Trip For $800. Because it’s tough to describe everything that makes …

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I Applied For A Demotion And Got Turned Down

demotion

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: In late July, I got a phone call from my boss. He mentioned that a national level manager was having trouble …

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Helping Your Child Buy Their First Car

first car

For any teenager, buying a first car is a big deal.  Not only are there a lot of important decisions to make, it’s often the first major purchase of their young life. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the factors your child needs to consider prior to buying a first car, and how you as their …

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Super Frugal Road Trip Recap

road trip

We are a family that loves to road trip.  In fact, over the past 18 years my wife and I, along with our three kids, have logged more than 65,000 miles on over 20 road trips. During this time, we’ve learned how to create some pretty memorable vacations with our kids.  We’ve also figured out how to make them extremely …

5 Money Saving Tips For Your Next Family Road Trip

family road trip

This post may contain affiliate links.  See our disclosure below.  Today is Day 14 of our family’s annual Super Frugal Road Trip.  With 4 days remaining, and almost 2000 miles left to travel, it remains to be seen whether or not we’ll come in under our spending goal of less than $1000 for the entire 18-day vacation. The odds are …

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June 2018 Income Report 

June 2018 Income Report

Hey everyone!  Welcome to my June 2018 Income Report!  In this post, I’ll show you exactly how I earned over $1000 this month. Unlike some other bloggers, I don’t regularly release income reports, for the simple reason that my income has not been consistent enough month-to-month. That said, it looks like I may have reached the point where I can …

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How To Save Money By Resisting a Throwaway Mentality 

throwaway mentality

This past week, I took my sixteen year-old Honda lawn mower to my local small engine repair shop.  Earlier on, in an effort to diagnose why it wasn’t running smoothly, I had taken the carburetor apart, only to discover that the pin holding the float in place was missing. I have no idea how that can even happen. Regardless, I …

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OF BOOKS AND BASEBALL CAPS

I am very fortunate to receive performance bonuses at work on a semi-annual basis. They vary in size, given their nature, but tend to be fairly lucrative. (Score one for the 9-5). In other words, I could choose to spend the money on some fairly big ticket items if I saw fit. Because I don’t include the amount in our …

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5 WAYS I BALANCE BLOGGING WITH MY 9-5

part-time blogger

It’s a challenge that most part-time bloggers face. You want to spend more time blogging, but struggle to carve out space amongst life’s other priorities. Be it your 9-5, time with family, or any number of other interests, it’s a constant balancing act. It becomes even more challenging when you’re trying to convert your blog (or any side hustle for …

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The Many Advantages Of Tent Trailer Camping

advantages of tent trailer camping

Hey everyone! We opened up our tent trailer (aka pop-up camper) today, in preparation for our first camping trip of 2018, which is happening this coming weekend. The camper actually became my writing spot for the afternoon, and it got me thinking about the many advantages of tent trailer camping. In our consumer crazed world, even the age old pastime …