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How to Afford Your Hobbies

Have you ever heard someone joke about how much they’ve spent on a hobby? Just this morning a relative joked about how much it cost her to grow a few potatoes (about $1 each if you are wondering). She did say the boost from doing it made her very happy; isn’t that what a hobby is all about?   What is Your Commitment Level? There

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Emergency Preparedness

This has been weighing on my mind lately, too late for our Midwestern states, but still an important topic. I just moved away from the coast, so hurricanes aren’t much of a concern for me anymore but flooding still is. And in many parts of the country, snow can wreak all kinds of havoc, too. Hurricane season officially starts on June 1, so its time

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Summer Parenting is Expensive

Of course, parenting is always expensive, but summer brings its own set of costs. Back in my day, it was more common to have a mother who was able to stay home with the kids, so summer just meant more time with them. These days that is more the exception than the rule. So, what are parents supposed to do?   What Does Summer Cost?

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How to Get the Most Out of a Staycation

A few weeks ago, I wrote about planning summer vacations, and I neglected the concept of a staycation. Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like, a vacation where you stay at home.  There are a few reasons you might choose a staycation, and I’ll cover them here. I also have some tips to help you really enjoy it.   Why Stay at Home? You

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The Best Time to Plan a Trip

Spring Break is over, so that means it’s time to start thinking about summer vacations. The farther in advance you plan, the better the prices and availability will be. Last-minute trips can be fun, but I love anticipating a trip. So, right now is a great time to start thinking about summer travel.   How Long Do You Have? When I was a kid, my

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Moving Is Not for The Weak

It’s no secret I recently moved, and since it wasn’t a local move, I had to get it all done in one day. It has been several years since I did so, and I forgot how stressful and expensive it was. I learned a few new lessons this time, so I’m going to share them.   You Can’t Start Too Soon I knew my move-out

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Super Bowl of Savings

Over the past ten years, we have published 500+ blog entries, been on national news several times, featured in segments on several talk shows, and have been honored to be mentioned by many other bloggers and influencers. Our staff of writers over the years have put their own twist on topics, but our focus has always been on ways to make your life better. Here,

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Spring Is on Its Way…Get Rid of the Stuff You Don’t Need or Use

Unless you are living under a rock, you have probably heard of the KonMari method of decluttering. It’s either because of the Netflix show or the book that came out a few years ago. I’m going to write my own take on decluttering based on what I have found works well for me. In my defense, this topic has been on my list to write

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Reasons to Be Kind to Yourself and How to Do It

Reasons to Be Kind to Yourself and How to Do It   I’ve heard people comment that we are kinder and politer to strangers than we are to our friends and family. To add to that statement, I think most people are kinder to others than they are to themselves. I spent some time thinking about this and it seems true. So why is it

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What’s on Your Bucket List?

What is it about the end of the year that makes us introspective? I tend to start thinking about what I have done in the year that is ending, and what I want to do in the coming year. It’s a great time to update my bucket list.   What is a Bucket List? This is one of those phrases that means something different to

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