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Quarterly Goals for the Last Quarter of 2014

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Quarterly Goals for the Last Quarter of 2014

The end of the year is drawing near and my quarterly goals systems has really worked quite well this year. Part of that success is due to having a steady stream of income, and part of the success is due to making my goals obtainable and very timely.

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I Live in the Second Most Overpriced Housing Area

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I Live in the Second Most Overpriced Housing Area

Surprisingly, Austin, Texas ranks number one for the most overpriced housing area in the nation. Los Angeles metros rank number two according to Trulia.com.

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Home Hunting

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Home Hunting

For most, buying a home is the largest purchase in a lifetime. For that reason, when looking to buy, finding the perfect home will take a little effort and planning. The first thing that should be considered will be your budget.

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To Move, or Not To Move?

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To Move, or Not To Move?

We have a solid plan in place to purchase a house within 12-18 months. We're on our way to having a substantial down payment within that time frame. In the meantime, we're still renting and that rent is going up.

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Hobbit + Habitat = Hobbitat

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Hobbit + Habitat = Hobbitat

I'm hooked on small houses and can't pass up Pinterest posts that share adorable, small homes, which is how I came across Hobbitat Spaces. A small house company based out of Maryland, they've built 13 cabins around Deep Creek Lake which are all available for rent through BlueMoonRising.org.

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You Get What You Pay For, Especially When It Comes to Hotels!

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You Get What You Pay For, Especially When It Comes to Hotels!

I'll admit that sometimes I'm just cheap, especially when it comes to hotels. First let me clarify that there is definitely a difference between being cheap and being frugal. Frugal means keeping the quality of a product or service in mind and opting for the best price while maintaining a certain standard.

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Update on my Goals for 3rd Quarter

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Update on my Goals for 3rd Quarter

So far, so good is all I can say at this point. My quarterly increments are working out quite well, even though I'm a bit behind on the savings portion of this quarter's plan.

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Free House Plans? Yes… FREE!

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Free House Plans? Yes… FREE!

Last year, I came across a website that offered free, small house plans, The Small House Catalog. The owners of the site at that time were building a quaint cottage called the Beekeeper's Bungalow. Well, they finished building their bungalow and it's now for sale in Washington.

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What My Housing Budget Will Get Me Right Now

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What My Housing Budget Will Get Me Right Now

I'm in a mad frenzy to save money and buy a home by late next fall. That gives me a little more than a year (14 - 16 months) to save up enough cash for a down payment. However, in Southern California, homes are crazy expensive! I've budgeted a reasonable amount for a "starter" home and am hoping to snag one for under $410,000.

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Tips for Delayed Spring Cleaning?

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Tips for Delayed Spring Cleaning?

I'll admit I really don't like to clean. Sure, I'll pick up after myself or wipe down a counter top, but when it comes to deep cleaning, I often procrastinate.

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