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Free Money: 10 Ways To Get It

I know what you are thinking. “There you go, another clickbait headline about getting free money. There is no such thing as free lunch.” This is the main reason why I decided to write this article. In reality, there are free lunches in life, but you have to look for the hidden gems. And this… […]

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How to Pay Off Debt on a Low Income

How to pay off debt is a question many of us ask ourselves. Paying off debt is one of the hardest things most people have to do. It takes a tremendous amount of self-discipline and goal setting to pay back massive amounts of debt, no matter the income. As many people can relate, there is… […]

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Combating the Stress of Wedding Planning

Congratulations — you’re engaged! While the media might lead you to believe that the stress of wedding planning is overwhelming and expensive, it certainly doesn’t have to be. In this article, you’ll find the best tips and tactics for planning a wedding on a budget you can afford– all without the stress and overwhelm! There… […]

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Bucket List ideas for You and Family

I’ve also thought of the bucket list as an item for the individual and never considered bucket list ideas for the family. If unfamiliar with a bucket list, it typically defined as a list of things you’d like to do before you die. Although I’ve documented several bucket list ideas over the years, including a… […]

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Financial Independence – How to Retire by 40 on $40K

Although I’m not pursuing financial independence Cashflow Cops overview is a great guide for anyone who is and an excellent financial blueprint for anyone looking to improve their finances.  Ignore all of the noise and fancy words like tax-loss harvesting and geo-arbitrage. They can be off-putting and make things sound more complicated than they need… […]

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The Hidden Costs of College

We are just a few short weeks away from our son and daughter returning for their junior year of college. Wow, did that go fast. During their first two years of college, we experienced you’re typically expenses like tuition, room, and board, and books. We quickly got a peek into some hidden costs of college… […]

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An Open Letter to My Three Children

In 2015 I wrote an open letter to my three children. It was inspired by the Jim Collins post I read titled “How I failed my daughter and a simple path to wealth” and Cait’s Flander’s article “An Open Letter to High School Students.” I figured this was a good time as any to write… […]

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The Cost to Attend

I’m all for a good Birthday party, Holiday party, or Wedding, but did you ever stop to consider the cost to attend when invited to one of these events? It’s a complicated item to try to capture within a budget because of the random nature of these type of invites. So many factors to consider… […]

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Christian Healthcare Ministries Review: An Alternative to Traditional Health Insurance

Have you ever heard of Christian Healthcare Ministries? If not CHM is a medical cost-sharing organization. My family and I have traditional health coverage through my employer, but Melissa Blevins from Perfection Hangover does an incredible job giving you an overview of CHM. Remember the good old days when health insurance premiums were affordable, deductibles… […]

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Road Trip: A Vacation Money, Saver?

Do you have summer vacation plans? Well, many are using the good old fashion road trip to get their vacation fix these days. In fact, from 2015 to 2016, road trips increase by 17% of the vacations taken by United States travelers. We also spend a lot of money trying to get away and relax…. […]