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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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Putting Together an Emergency Kit

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Putting Together an Emergency Kit

We're finally putting together an earthquake emergency kit. I'm not sure what took us so long, but after a few significant shakes these past 6-months, we've decided it's necessary - or at least a good idea.

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How to Budget on a Once a Month Pay Cycle

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How to Budget on a Once a Month Pay Cycle

Most people get paid bi-monthly on the 1st or 15 of a month or every two weeks. However, some of us get paid only once a month. Now, there are some benefits to getting paid only once a month like having a huge wad of cash deposited into your bank account and feeling quite "rich" on that particular day.

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Back and Forth on Rent Versus Buy

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Back and Forth on Rent Versus Buy

Should I buy? Should I continue renting? If I lived in a city where there was a clear choice, this wouldn't be such a dilemma. However, living in a suburb of Los Angeles makes it a distressing, hair-pulling decision.

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Not Your Average Residential Park Model

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Not Your Average Residential Park Model

West Coast Homes has created a park model pre-fab that's anything but bland in design. Keeping with the traditional footprint of a mobile home (long and rectangular), their park model offers a cottage feel with the option to add a loft and deck turning a mobile home into a cozy cabin.

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