Score Sweet Rewards at Walmart with Diet Dr Pepper

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Will Boredom Bust Your Budget?

Has the unthinkable happened to you? You created a budget, even talked about it with your significant other. You determined the amount of discretionary funds available and how much you wished to spend, and carefully matched those funds to wants and needs. Yet end of the weekend analysis reminded you that somewhere along the way a decision was made to use funds outside the spending plan. How could that possibly be? The answer is simple; you spent out of boredom caused by lack of planning. This exact thing happened to my wife and I this weekend. We wanted to have […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 1/27

Tax documents are arriving, and being promptly put into this year’s manila tax envelope.  This is the first year in several that I’m not dreading doing our taxes because I’m confident that we’ll be extremely close to even.  For the last few years we’ve owed a significant amount of money because I never accounted for the fact that my blogging activity is not taxed up front.  Midway through 2015 I made a significant change to my withholdings resulting in our tax bill being much less last year.  This year that withholdings change will have been at work throughout the entire […] Read more »

Beating the Pink Slip Blues: Meeting Financial Obligations After Losing Your Job

It can be a horrible stomach-churning moment when you are delivered that dreaded pink slip, especially when you consider the implications for your finances and the fact that you are going to have to find new employment. Although it is a potentially devastating blow to lose your job, you will still have financial obligations that will need to be met. Here is a look at how to keep your head above water during this difficult time, including tips on dealing with the initial aftermath, ways to reduce your overheads, and how to deal with lenders and take control of your […] Read more »

Process Over Outcome: You Should NOT Be Focused On Paying Off Debt

If your focus is to pay off debt, you may be focusing on the wrong thing and headed down the path of failure. This is the conclusion I’ve come to after listening to countless hours of motivational speakers combined with a handful of books I’ve read recently written by people who struggled their way to success. They all say the same thing, and unless they got together and decided on a common underlying message, maybe there’s something to their method.  What they emphasize is actually quite simple; focus on the process, not the outcome. To be successful, focus on the […] Read more »

5 Ways to Save Money While Paying Off Student Loans

If you are paying off your student loans and trying to save money for your future, you may feel burdened and you may think it is impossible to do. While it does seem this way, there are ways that you can do both without sacrificing too much of the things you love the most. Below, we will go over some ideas and ways to help you both continue making your student loan payments and save for the future. 1. Make Yourself a Budget If you do not know what you owe and when you owe it, how can you pay […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 1/20

I went with my son to renew his driver’s license yesterday as he turns 18 next week.  The person who helped us at our local government center asked if he had incurred any driving violations, to which he answered, “No.”  This gave him a small break on the price of the renewal fee.  I didn’t know this discount existed, and apparently it’s a one time thing. It wasn’t a huge discount, somewhere on the order of $6 or $7 bringing the total down to $21 and change.  But saving money is saving money, right? Get those fists up, it’s FRIDAY! […] Read more »

4 Tips To Get Cheap Airline Tickets

My son is planning to fly to Texas twice within a 4 week period later this spring. He wants to go once to attend a video game tournament in Auxtin, and again a few weeks later as he was asked to prom by one of his friends who lives in Houston. I used the word, “planning,” because he has some work to do in determining whether he can really afford it (he has to pay for it himself). The price of his airline tickets will be the largest determining factor in whether he can do both trips or not. Fortunately, […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 1/13

Christmas is making one last appearance for my family this weekend, as my wife’s family holiday gathering is on Sunday.  It’ll be nice to see everyone, even if it is a few weeks past the actual holiday.  You’ll find me on the couch, with a rum and coke, watching the NFL playoffs with other sports fans.  Because isn’t that what holiday gatherings are all about? Fist pump for alcohol, NFL playoffs, and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump 10 Tools that Help You Budget from Young Adult Money 7 Money Mistakes To Avoid This […] Read more »

Teaching Teens The Cost Of Real Life

I’m a huge advocate of increasing financial education for our children. I don’t feel our school system currently does enough to prepare students to manage their finances successfully. But I certainly don’t think schools should be the only source of financial education. Parents need to play a significant role as well, including ensuring kids have a grasp on how much things cost. I had two wonderful opportunities to do just that over the weekend.   Car Repairs As my son was backing our car out of the garage on his way to school, I heard a loud noise. I opened […] Read more »

What You Should Know About Careers in Finance

Those attracted to careers in finance are a particular breed; they thrive off of high-pressure situations, love deadlines, and work better when the stakes are higher. There’s plenty of reason to follow a career path in the financial services industry—exciting job opportunities, plenty of room for advancement, and high earnings potential. However, the finance sector isn’t all positive; there are certain disadvantages to this path. Take both the good and bad into consideration before embarking on your path to financial positions. Long Hours If you’re looking for a 9 to 5 job, finance isn’t the route for you. Because finance […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 1/6

Welcome Friday!  My son is about to get his very first car repair bill.  I thought I heard a noise when he was backing out of the garage to leave for school yesterday, but when I opened the door, I didn’t see anything.  A short time later, I received a text message from my son stating he was a little closer to the side of the garage than he thought, and snapped the passenger side mirror off the car on the garage door frame as he backed out.  I don’t have any idea how much it will be to fix […] Read more »

Creative (and Cheap) Ways of Decorating a Cramped Condo

Many adults in Montreal yearn to get their own home instead of renting. However, buying a home is not a financial possibility for many professionals, which is why many people are opting to buy a condo in Montreal instead. Since an apartment means you’re working with a smaller area, you most likely want to decorate in a way that maximizes your space. If you’re on a tight budget, it can be difficult finding a way to decorate efficiently and cheaply. But, with a bit of creative thinking, decorating a cramped condo can be made easy and enjoyable. Here are some […] Read more »

Amazon Makes The Online Return Process Easy and Worry Free

Doing most of my Christmas shopping online was unbelievably convenient, but there was always one thing about the process that worried me. What would happen if something had to be returned? My mind would instantly create a scenario in which it was nightmarish, hard process which would take months to get my money returned. Fortunately, the process was simple and I got my money credited quicker than I would have imagined. I ordered from Amazon a ski jacket my son had picked out, as he wanted to go skiing with his friends. When the coat arrived it didn’t fit right. […] Read more »