Archive Monthly Archives: August 2017

Pursuing your Passion: Is it Worth the Risks and Sacrifices?

The last few days have got me thinking about passion. And how the pursuit of passion can have costs, but also produce more rewards than one ever dreamed possible.

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How I Paid off my $64,000 Mortgage in 15 Months

In the summer of 2012, I decided to divert all my financial energy toward one goal: paying off my mortgage. With some careful planning and discipline, I was able to pay off the $64,000 balance in just 15 months.

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What’s on the Shelf? Little Hug Fruit Drinks, Cotton Candy Twinkies and S’mores Pop-Tarts

It’s August and that means it’s back to school time. Parents begin thinking about quick breakfasts and snacks and lunches to add to lunchboxes. So how are the grocery stores helping moms and dads prepare for the coming school year?

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Three Easy Ways to Teach Kids About Money

How do you teach your kids the basics about money and get them off to a good start? Keep it simple by using three tricks to steer them in the right direction.

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Why my Most Powerful #1 Budgeting Tool is a Checkbook Register Spreadsheet

Confession: I love spreadsheets! I also love automation. I’ve tried several budgeting tools, but I always return to the dependable and easy electronic checkbook register for one important reason – it’s a powerful forecasting tool.

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Six Tips on How to Make your Cruise Happy and Healthy

Four days into our Caribbean cruise we shared the breakfast table with a fellow cruiser.  Her plate was loaded with sweet rolls, pancakes, and toast.  While her husband was nursing a hangover, she was enjoying our company for breakfast, and complaining about the fact that she could no longer fit into some of her pants.

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The Yo-Yo Sisters on Losing and Gaining Weight Over and Over

I am the centerpiece of three girls in the family, and while our two brothers are lean and fit, my sisters and I have been up and down on the scale our entire lives. We are the Yo-Yo Sisters!

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