Simple step-by-step way to have fun while keeping costs down

Simple step-by-step way to have fun while keeping costs down

19 June 2012

In my last year of college, a visiting lecturer to one of my classes gave us several ideas on how to be more frugal and better investors. I loved one of his ideas for having a great time as families without breaking the bank.

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The financial challenges of a full-time freelancer

The financial challenges of a full-time freelancer

15 June 2012

With the decision to give up summer sales, I became a full time freelancer. Although I don't have much time under my belt being completely self-employed, I have discovered a couple of financial challenges.

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How many chances do you get to dance in the rain?

How many chances do you get to dance in the rain?

12 June 2012

Today I danced in the rain. In fact, it's still coming down outside my open window as I'm typing this note. My wife and daughter went outside to puddle jump and beckoned me to follow. I don't like getting wet much.

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Carnival of Financial Planning – Edition #240

09 June 2012

Best Personal Financial Planning and Personal Investment Articles this Week from Personal Finance Blogs Welcome to the June 9, 2012 Edition #240 of the Carnival of Financial Planning. The Carnival of Financial Planning takes a long-term view of personal financial planning for individuals and families. We focus on efficient and sustainable personal financial planning practices […]

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Why I took time off from blogging and why I’m back again

Why I took time off from blogging and why I’m back again

05 June 2012

I think that I owe you an explanation. I haven't posted anything since February. I had actually decided to quit completely.

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My relationship with food

My relationship with food

28 February 2012

As a young child, I was a bit of a runt. Short, but very thin. Then that whole puberty thing happened and I started to put on weight. I never got that big, but I never thinned out again.

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3 Guides to better personal financial success

3 Guides to better personal financial success

20 February 2012

My wife and I have been teaching a Family Relations class at church that includes a section on money management. Writing all of these posts on finances has come in handy as I have a lot of material on the topic of money.

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Why do we pay celebrities yet foreclose on our homes?

15 February 2012

For some reason, we've decided to celebrate the insane. I'm sitting here thinking about our financial situation and what we can do to get ahead while Lady Gaga is playing on the radio.

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Determining your Return and Risk objectives when investing

Determining your Return and Risk objectives when investing

09 February 2012

Ask yourself, "Are my investments working to meet my financial goals and needs for each stage of life?" If you can't easily say yes, then maybe it's time to re-evaluate or create a written investment plan.

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Realize that sacrificing is often choosing a better decision over a good decision

Realize that sacrificing is often choosing a better decision over a good decision

31 January 2012

One of the greatest challenges that we face as adults, and especially as parents, is learning to sacrifice our wants and desires for the sake of our family. I believe that the very acting of having a child is one of the most selfless things that anyone can do.

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The Donut Test: What over-indulgence does to your satisfaction

The Donut Test: What over-indulgence does to your satisfaction

26 January 2012

This may seem silly but it's true - donuts are a great way to test the law of diminishing returns. As a brief refresher from your school days, the law of diminishing returns states that at some point, each additional "unit" yields lower returns. In other words, you get less out of it than you put into it.

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Getting into a good MBA program takes at least 4 years

Getting into a good MBA program takes at least 4 years

19 January 2012

Getting into the MBA school of your choice takes several years of hard work and preparation. You need to start as you near graduation from your undergrad.

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