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First Quarter in Review

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First Quarter in Review

My goals from last year to this year haven't changed much. Our focus this year is to buy a house, so with that in mind, saving is the top priority.

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6 Ways to Get Your Car in Shape for Summer

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6 Ways to Get Your Car in Shape for Summer

Summer is rapidly approaching, so you know what that means: Your car may be on the verge of failing.

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The Lazy Homeowner’s Guide to Spring Yard Cleanup

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The Lazy Homeowner’s Guide to Spring Yard Cleanup

Now that winter finally appears to be exiting stage left, many homeowners are looking at their yards and thinking, “I’d rather do anything than clean up this mess.”

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Is Housing Starting to Slow Down? Perhaps…

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Is Housing Starting to Slow Down? Perhaps…

I try not to obsess over the housing market. Yet, it's a hard thing to avoid when my plan is to buy a house this year in Los Angeles county. Housing here in sunny California has been on an upswing these past 18-months that has had me freaked out.

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Checking In Today

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Checking In Today

I have been terrible at posting lately. Between work (teaching), school (finishing up my second credential), and life in general, I've hardly had time to do much of anything else, let alone post an article! However, finances are still my top priority around here:

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The Building Permit: Your First Step to a New Home

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The Building Permit: Your First Step to a New Home

If you’re in a position to have your first home built from the ground up, you’re no doubt captivated by the nearly limitless possibilities of designing your own castle. However, bringing your vision of a dream home to life starts with a heavy dose of reality in the form of obtaining a building permit.

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What Homes Can I Afford In My Area Right Now?

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What Homes Can I Afford In My Area Right Now?

Since this is the year to buy a home for us, I've been keeping a close eye on our real estate market. It's crazy, but the Southern California market has rebounded almost back to where it was during the peak of the housing boom. Not quite as crazy, but almost. So finding a home below $400,000 will be a challenge.

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New Year, New Goals and a Splurge

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New Year, New Goals and a Splurge

I've been enjoying two weeks of vacation and haven't been very productive during the holidays. However, now that my vacation time is coming to a close (I still have one more week, though), I'm ready to get back to work.

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Update on the Cocoa Cones as Gifts

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Update on the Cocoa Cones as Gifts

This holiday season, I (or should I say Mr. LH, mostly) made 18 Santa and reindeer cocoa cones to give to colleagues at a fraction of the cost compared to last year's mason jar gifts. The outcome was adorable and inexpensive gifts. I received lots of compliments on them, especially the Santas, which were more difficult to create.

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There’s No Time Like the Present to Start Investing

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There’s No Time Like the Present to Start Investing

The best time to start investing is 20 years ago. The second best time to start investing is today. Lots of us realize that we’ve lost some time that could have been spent investing, yielding a lot of future income and security.

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