I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup 4/17


Last weekend we had a birthday party for our daughter – she turned 13!!!!  Vonnie and I are now the proud parents of TWO teenagers.  We bought a huge roll of contractor’s plastic and built a “splatter paint cube” in our garage.  It was actually our daughter’s idea….but we made it come to life.  Tori and her friends each got a container with washable paint and a brush.  They went in the cube and threw paint everywhere.  They had a blast.  It turned out to be more expensive than we had anticipated, so this weekend is a “lay low” weekend. […] Read more »

Want Success? Make The Choice!


There is a redemptive power that making a choice has. Rather than feeling like you are an affect to all the things that are happening Make a choice. You just decide what it’s going to be, who you’re going to be, how you going to do it. Just decide. -Will Smith (actor) This quote was stuck in my head all week, and it inspired me to view the world through a different perspective. I walked to the vending machine with every intention of buying a soda to go with my lunch. When I arrived at the bank of vending machines, […] Read more »

I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 4/10


Tuesday night, my son brought home from work his very first paycheck.  It was for the 8.5 hours he was in training, and he received a paper paycheck as his direct deposit hadn’t taken effect yet.  When I asked him if he knew what to do with the check, he shook his head, “No.”  I explained to him how to endorse a check, and what he would do once he got to the bank.  I could see his eyes glaze over, so I asked him if he wanted me to go with him.  He said, “Yes.”  Looks like a financial […] Read more »

Recycling Apple: Give your old gadgets a new lease on life by repurposing them


The iPhone forever changed the mobile phone landscape. I remember getting my first one, an iPhone 3G. It was a gift from my ex-girlfriend-turned-wife a few years back, and the very first app I bought was a beer app that showed a glass with beer in it moving and tilting as you move and tilt the phone. So much for productivity! As a token of appreciation, I bought her a sleek looking iPad for Christmas. Amazingly, we still have those two antiquated gadgets and have found great ways to repurpose them. My old iPhone is always on Airplane Mode and […] Read more »

Breeze Through Your Taxes Through Preparation And TaxACT


This post is part of the TaxACT #BeatTheDeadline blog tour which shares tips on how to make tax time a smooth and easy process before the April 15 deadline. TaxACT provides the tools and guidance to help you confidently file taxes easy and fast. Do your own taxes today at TaxACT. You got this. When you think about doing your taxes, what picture immediately forms in your head? Is it one of sitting in front of the computer answering questions displayed on the screen by tax preparation software? Or maybe one of an appointment with an accountant? I’ve noticed something […] Read more »

Four Ways to Tackle Your Debt and How to Decide Which One is For You

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Did you think that to tackle your debt is simple and straight forward? Think again! You see, when we first realised how much debt we had all I wanted was that it disappears. Oh, I know this would have taken magic I regretfully don’t possess. It may have been done by going bankrupt were we ready to take the consequences. This wasn’t our way and we did it ‘the proper way’. We reduced our spending by developing and using the ERR strategy for money management. We learned how to make more money. And we put it all against the debt. […] Read more »

What’s the Best Way to Take Care of Your Loved Ones After You Die?


Working to get out of debt isn’t just something you do for yourself. You’re making a better future for the people you love most. A part of that future — a part no one likes to think about — is what happens to your loved ones after you’re gone. It’s vital to put a plan in place to provide for your loved ones after you die. Life Insurance: Do You Need It? When you’re young, especially if you have a family, and you haven’t built a lot of wealth, it’s crucial to purchase adequate life insurance. Also, if you’re older […] Read more »

A Parent’s Job Is Never Done


I heard an interesting comment at a wedding over the weekend regarding the current generation. An acquaintance was talking about how his brother was working with some recent college graduates, and how they work really hard on the job, but when they go home all they do is play video games. He described them as intelligent and hard working, but lacked the common skills of shoveling a driveway because all they did in their off time was play games. I laughed a little bit, shrugging it off as your typical older generation looking down on the younger generation sort of […] Read more »

I Love You Like a Blogger Roundup – 4/3


I love new opportunities, and over the last two weeks I’ve had one land on my lap.  I’ve found a new writing client to replace one parted ways with towards the end of 2014.   Vonnie and I will have to sit down and figure out what this means for our budget, making sure that we put the income to good use. That definitely deserves a fist pump, so get your hands up and give me a “one time” on this glorious Friday! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump 4 Ways To Put Your Budget Back on Track from Eyes On […] Read more »

Buy One Get One Free Deal From SNICKERS®!


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias You’re not you when you’re hungry and SNICKERS® is here to help! Have you ever had a time when you realized that you were hungry…. and grumpy? Not feeling like yourself? A little out of sorts? Maybe you need a SNICKERS®. Head on over to the SNICKERS® Facebook page and check out the Hunger Handler App. You can take a quiz and figure out which SNICKERS® is right for you. You’ll also receive a buy one, get one free coupon for […] Read more »

Tips for Saving Up While Studying for a Postgraduate Degree

Aside from balancing your personal, work, and study life, another factor why professionals are not too enthusiastic in getting a postgraduate degree is that it can be pretty expensive. If you already have a family, it is totally understandable that you need to save as much money as you can in order to provide a decent lifestyle to your partner and children. However, you do not really have to give up on your dream of entering graduate school. Whether you are taking up an executive MBA program, or you are getting a master’s in science or fine arts degree, you can find a lot […] Read more »

Getting Real To Get Out Of Debt

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Editor’s note: The world can seem a bleak place when you are in debt. You look on your life, and the lives of the ones you love, and there is nothing than debt, strict budgeting and denial of your most sacred and cherished wants. It isn’t like that. There is life after debt and there is nothing like the story of a debt-survivor to make you see this. Today we bring you Jon’s debt story and hope you’ll be inspired. Jon is a fellow blogger who paid off his debt and is now building a decent investing portfolio. My name […] Read more »

Save $0.75 On Campbells Soup At Walmart!


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #WeekNightHero #CollectiveBias When I think of comfort food, the first thing that pops into my mind is a great tasting soup.  Soup is easy to make, tastes great, and is the perfect meal for a family on the go during the week! Create real homemade meals in 30 minutes or less with Campbell’s® Soups for Easy Cooking. These soups come in four flavors, helping you to create a variety of comforting dishes and reinvent traditional family favorites in fewer steps! For a limited […] Read more »