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June 2013

Help A Reader: Buy a House to Prevent Uncle Sam?

June 17, 2013
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Got an interesting email over the weekend, and thought you’d enjoy reading and chiming in :) Can’t say I’ve heard of this one as a driving force to go out and buy a house! Haha… Though bonus points for the creativity. Here’s what our dear reader sent over: Hi J$! My husband has recently secured a nice, but temporary for now, gig that will bring […]

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Noodling Some Googlings

June 14, 2013
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Woot Woot – haven’t done one of these in a while… You know, when I check the stats to see what kinds of craziness people are typing in to get to this site? Makes me feel all types of legit and stuff, haha… Or at least sane, for that matter :) Here were my favorite questions I found in the past 24 hours, along with […]

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Happily Squished: Learning to Live in 270 Sq. Ft.

June 13, 2013
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(Guest post by Cat from Budget Blonde) High up on a hill on a little Caribbean island called Grenada sits the cutest, tiniest 270 sq. ft. apartment you ever did see. It has no couch, no TV, no central AC, and no dishwasher, but despite its shortcomings, I’m proud to call it home. While one person could definitely live here comfortably, I share it with […]

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Thoughts From a Wealthy Neighborhood

June 12, 2013
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So it’s been over a week and a half now chillin’ at the mother-in-law’s, and so far everything’s going superbly. Every day we hang out together, drink coffee together, and even have dinner at a normal time of night together – 6pm. Down 5 hours from our normal late-night feeding we were trying to break ;) I’m actually feeling like a responsible adult these days! […]

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Do NOT Be Like My Wife!

June 11, 2013
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She’s going to kill me when she sees this, but I just wouldn’t be doing my job as a personal finance blogger if I didn’t talk about this today ;) She’s completely off her rocker! Here’s the deal. You know how we’re living with my mother-in-law (her mom) right now? Well, as part of her agreeing to let us stay there, she kindly asked that […]

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Whelp, My Caddy is “Totaled”

June 10, 2013
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Two and a half hours sitting at Progressive’s car center to get a report back that my car is considered a “total loss” now :( Apparently the damaged caused in our recent accident (which I was not considered at fault in, btw) exceeds the total worth of the precious sexy car. Meaning it’s not as simple any more of taking a check or getting it […]

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Would You Take a 10% Pay Cut to Get All Fridays Off?

June 7, 2013
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If so, you could be reading this in your pajamas right now ;) Remember my friend who likes to push the boundaries at work and ask for what he wants? Like that “choose your own adventure” deal with salaries and time scales? Haha… Well he’s at it again. Only this time angling for Fridays off :) It all stems back to the same thing it […]

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Side Hustle Series: I’m a Substitute Teacher

June 6, 2013
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(Guest Post by Stacey Williams Dunse, as part of our Side Hustle Series) My side hustle came about when my baby started school and left me with free time I didn’t want during the day. I was raised in a family where you work at least 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day during the week – no exceptions. I’m a photographer, which doesn’t follow […]

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Net Worth Update: $379,397.06 (Up $11.5k)

June 5, 2013
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Another month, another money update! It feels quite funny rejoicing about our jump in net worth here when we’re about to unload $18,000+ in the very near future, but I guess for right now we can smile one last time before it takes a dive, right? :) Technically we’re still up since we haven’t paid anything yet! Haha… All that aside though, May was a […]

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Our New Renovation Costs: $18,000

June 4, 2013
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Remember how our initial moving budget guess was hovering around the $10,000 mark? Well, today we decided/figured out it will be around double that, haha…  But – and this is a huge but – we’ve since decided to invest a lot more into our current home in order for it to reap much bigger rewards in the future. So it’s not like we’re just throwing […]

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