personal finance

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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My Time Sucking Side Income That I Love

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My Time Sucking Side Income That I Love

I've been a bit absent from my blog lately. Much of this is due to my job; teaching takes up the majority of my time as Mr. LH can attest! But on top of the day-to-day hours I put in teaching our future generation, I'm also creating a side income stream through TeachersPayTeachers.com.

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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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