personal finance

Inspiring Holiday Gift Ideas for Under $20

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Inspiring Holiday Gift Ideas for Under $20

Similar to last year, my plan is to make gifts for colleagues, send a family gift or two to close relatives, and donate items to the needy. Last year I created Mason jar hot cocoa gifts and participated in a cookie-swap that generated a few cookie-inspired gifts.

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Autumn is the Perfect Season for Reorganizing Your Home

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Autumn is the Perfect Season for Reorganizing Your Home

Once the days start to draw in, the bad weather ramps up a notch and the kids are back at school, you may discover that autumn is the perfect season to have a good clear out.

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The Difference Between Feeling Poor and Feeling Like You Have Enough is a Budget

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The Difference Between Feeling Poor and Feeling Like You Have Enough is a Budget

Notice, I said "feeling" poor, not truly being poor. Although, even truly poor people would benefit from a budget. Lately, our friends and family members have been sharing financial information with us out of the blue.

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Life Can Be Busy

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Life Can Be Busy

Life can just become busy and that's just what's been happening around here lately. Between keeping up with finishing my credential (the second one!), teaching, and my personal life, I've hardly had time to post here on Little House.

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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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