personal finance

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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Tiny Homes Can Be Happy Homes

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Tiny Homes Can Be Happy Homes

I love the idea of tiny homes, but recently I wrote about the viability of actually living in one. There are plenty of people out there (just look at the popularity of the tiny house movement) who can live in a home that's under 200 square feet, but I'm sure downsizing is the biggest hurdle.

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What School Supplies Do You Actually Need To Purchase?

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What School Supplies Do You Actually Need To Purchase?

It's that time of year where parents are jumping for joy that their children are going back to school. Summer items are on close-out and back-to-school sales are just about everywhere. One question on many parents' minds is, "What supplies does my child need for school?"

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Why I’m Giving Up on CVS Pharmacy

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Why I’m Giving Up on CVS Pharmacy

To save money, I shop at stores with low prices, use coupons (when I remember!), and limit the number of random "things" that I buy. Yet, one store that has given me grief when it comes to saving money is CVS Pharmacy - and I'm not talking about their actual pharmacy products like prescription medicine.

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Earning Money on Your Purchases

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Earning Money on Your Purchases

I think of myself as a savvy shopper. Yet, I started reading a blog a while back, Save on (Almost) Everything, and Mike wrote a few articles about cash back sites that got me thinking about ways to save more money

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Guest Cottages as an Alternative to a Larger House

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Guest Cottages as an Alternative to a Larger House

It's no secret that I've been planning on buying a house in the "near future." Unfortunately, that near future was further away than I had imagined. Yet, now I'm realistically looking at purchasing a house in 16-18 months from now - hey, at least I have a time frame instead of a hazy vision of the "future."

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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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