Solutions To Help You Wake Up From A Financial Nightmare

Financial struggles can make for extremely trying times.  There are plenty of reasons why someone might end up in such a position, including job loss or medical issues.  Whatever the reason, it can become difficult to get by when there isn’t much money coming in.  You may even need to rely on savings or unemployment benefits to survive.  It is possible to wake up from most financial nightmares with a few, fairly basic, strategies.   



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How A Part-Time Job Contributed To Our Problem With Debt

Paid work is usually a good thing for your finances, even with low-paying positions. You go somewhere, clock in, clock out, and a receive a paycheck. It’s then up to you to apply that income in a productive way.  However, some jobs encourage you to spend your hard-earned money, before you ever receive your paycheck.  I’m still reminded of how one of my part-time jobs, from over ten years ago, may have done more harm than good.



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Mr. Smith’s Guide To DIY Cleaning And Refurbishing A Wood Stove

We moved into our house in the Winter of 2013, and have never had our wood stove cleaned.  It was something on that had always been on the “to-do list,” but with Mr. Smith’s growing collection of wood and plans for lots of fires this coming winter, it became more of a safety issue.  We looked into the price of cleaning and Mr. Smith wanted to take on the challenge of figuring out how to clean a wood stove.  In addition, since the stove was already going to be disassembled, he decided to fix it up a bit too.


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The Granny Square Baby Blanket: Perfect For Crochet Beginners

I discovered crochet almost two years ago.  I was pregnant with my youngest and looking for a new baby blanket.  We had been gifted with crocheted blankets for the first two.  They were perfect because of the big holes, which made me less nervous about them covering up their faces and suffocating.  I checked out Etsy, but they seemed rather expensive and we’re working so hard to pay off debt.  In watching a couple tutorials on YouTube, I decided to make a baby blanket my DIY Nesting Project.  This pattern for my very first crochet project is super simple and I’ve now used it several times.


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Easy Basic Goulash Recipe

As the weather is changing, so do the types of meals that we prepare. This “Goulash” is another one of our family favorites.  Yes, I know that traditional goulash is more of a soup or stew, but that’s just the name we adopted for this dish.  There are usually leftovers to enjoy the next day, when it tends to taste even yummier.



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My Five Year Prison Sentence

Today was another day spent in the office.  Another day surrounded by people who are working hard for status and to buy expensive stuff that they don’t need.  I couldn’t feel more disconnected from my coworkers.  And when you don’t feel challenged or engaged by your work, it can become extremely tedious and depressing.  There is no satisfaction from a job well done anymore.  You suffer from the “Sunday-Night Blues” every seven days when the realization that the weekend, your short furlough from the office, has expired.  But, I’m here to tell you that there’s hope, if you can just learn to adopt the right perspective about work.



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Monday Medley: Embracing Different Seasons

We typically plan our road trips to Maine for the end of August.  They represent one of our last chances to enjoy the summer season.  Now, with pumpkins everywhere and leaves changing color, it’s time to come to terms with the fact that Fall is here.  Summer is definitely my favorite season, so I tend to get a little sad when we put all of our sunshine accessories away.  Although somewhat there, these feelings are not that strong just yet.  It might be due to the fact that it’s still pretty warm and we’re not yet trapped inside by mountains of snow.  However, I think it’s also because we packed so much fun into the past few months and have a lot to look forward to with the changing seasons.



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Traveling On A Shoestring: Top Tips To See The World On A Budget

Most of us probably have a desire to travel, that familiar wanderlust setting in when it feels like we need a break from the everyday. Vacations tend to be viewed as un-affordable. However, as we proved with a recent frugal family trip to Maine, there are ways to travel without financial setbacks. If you’re trying to find a way to travel, here are some ideas to help you save up and cut costs, so you can escape for a while.



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Update: Stubbornly Refusing To Give Up On Our Rental Property And Revising Our Plan

You may have noticed a few recent references to stressed-out Mr. Smith.  I commented in response to Mrs. Groovy’s positivity challenge, that I really wanted to find a way to help my husband be a little more thankful and relaxed.  The key was figuring out the root of his anxiety.  As with anything, there are usually a number of factors worthy of some blame, but I think we were able to single out one of the major ones: our rental property.  Now, we’re strategizing to adjust our plan, so that everyone can be a little happier for this part of our journey.


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