personal finance

Gone Camping!

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Gone Camping!

I'm off this week for my summer camping trip. For those who have an aversion to camping, let me just remind you that camping can by luxurious by most standards.

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The Ability to Plan for the Future

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The Ability to Plan for the Future

I've only recently begun to plan 15+ years out for my future. Until now, it was hard for me to imagine where I'd be (realistically!) in 5, 10, or 20 years.

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Third Quarter, New Goals

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Third Quarter, New Goals

The first half of the year I did really well meeting my financial goals. I was able to pay down my consumer debt and increase my savings as well as my investment accounts.

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Average American Kid Ranked Lower in Personal Finance than the Rest of the World?

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Average American Kid Ranked Lower in Personal Finance than the Rest of the World?

Ironically, this summer I'm teaching a personal finance class to middle school students. It's an enrichment class, so the curriculum combines fun activities with "real-life" activities including budgeting.

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Is Living in a Tiny House Actually Viable?

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Is Living in a Tiny House Actually Viable?

There's definitely a growing movement and interest in tiny houses over the past few years. With stories that pop up on news sites like NBC and shows that feature tiny house builders, there's a segment of the population that's following this trend.

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Fun, Frugal Summer Savings

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Fun, Frugal Summer Savings

I love summer and I know I'm not alone. The longer days give us more time to squeeze in activities, even for those that continue to work a 9 - to - 5 job. But what I find is that I spend more money over the summer!

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Setting and Sticking to Money Goals

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Setting and Sticking to Money Goals

In the past, I've set monetary goals for myself and wouldn't come close to achieving them. Want to know why? They weren't specific enough or attainable. I'd make pie in the sky predictions that I had no way of meeting, but they looked good on paper so I typed them out.

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The Ultimate Camping Guide

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The Ultimate Camping Guide

Let me be very clear, camping involves a tent - not an RV - so my suggestions revolve around spending the night in a canvas covered abode, not a powered metal box on wheels. My experiences with tent-camping are also varied, from sleeping in a tent on warm summer nights to getting snowed on in a freak spring snowstorm.

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Welfare Ramblings

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Welfare Ramblings

Ultimately, the results people want to see from those receiving welfare are that they eventually become self-sufficient - have a job and earn a living wage to care for their families on their own. Yet, how the TANF and SNAP program work do the opposite.

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Best Summer Food Indulgences

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Best Summer Food Indulgences

I’m not much of a foodie – I don’t cook, I’m not one to scope out 5-star restaurants, and I don’t get late night cravings (like foodie calls). However, there are some foods and drinks I love come summertime that are easy (seriously, I can’t cook) and inexpensive to make. Cowboy Caviar - forget that it has the word ‘caviar’ in the name, this isn’t chic or fish related, instead it’s a quick and cheap version of a bean dip. Recipe: 1...

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