How To Escape From Debt With A Few “Mini-Hustles”



Our financial focus over the past few years has been on how to pay off debt.  One of the most effective ways we’ve found to lower our debt is by increasing our income with side hustles.  Now, it seems like side hustles are generally construed as a type of part-time job . . . but you don’t need to deliver pizza 20 hours a week or devote all of your free time to a side business in order to escape from debt.  Small efforts with bits of extra time can make a big impact on your finances.

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Frugal Ways To Be Healthier As a Family

Being healthy seems to be the focus of many as we get into the full swing of the New Year.  I’m already looking forward to regaining my shape once this last pregnancy is done!  As a parent, we’re always trying to make sure that our family is healthy . . . and for good reason.  Being healthier means that all of you can be more active, get sick less, and have more fun together.  The best part is that you can achieve these goals for your family, without breaking the budget.   

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They Picked The Wrong House: Our Recent Experience With A Salesman

The details of the phone call seemed a bit strange, but we were enticed by the promise of a gift card for the grocery store.  It didn’t take long to realize that we had been duped into subjecting ourselves to a sales presentation.  The “snake oil” was a water softening and purifying system, for which we were offered a “great deal” on a ten-year lease.  We’ve been purposely avoiding sales pitches for the past few years due to our mission to fix our finances, so  this experience was actually somewhat, um, interesting.

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The Better Way To Track Finances In 2017

I am so proud of the way that we are destroying our debt.  It is both rewarding and motivating to see how far we’ve come in just a few short years.  Tracking financial progress can provide an immense boost of resolve to continue, and even step up, our diligence.  That is why we’re trying something new in 2017, to keep better track of our finances.

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How Are We Going To Pay For College . . . With Five Kids?

Reactions to our news about expecting twins, when we already have three young kids, have been pretty interesting.  There is usually a bit of shock, followed by one or more of the following questions: (1) are you going to move, (2) are you going to buy a new vehicle, and (3) how are you going to pay for college with such a large family?  The twins were a surprise, but whether we ended up with four or five children, it would still cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to take on the entire cost of a college education.  We have a plan, consistent with our new financial priorities and definition of success, for how our children will be able to attend college.  And, it doesn’t involve any type of regular contribution to investment accounts.

 

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Monday Medley: Wintertime Illnesses & Trying To Stay On Task



I started the New Year with such great intentions and energy.  The pregnancy wasn’t too burdensome yet, but then the stomach flu hit our house, followed shortly thereafter by bad colds.  We all seem to be recovering now, and are just trying to get back on track.  The twins will be here before we know it and there is still so much to do . . . not to mention our big financial plans for 2017, continuing on our journey to financial semi-independence.

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10 Tips On Shopping For Kids: How To Buy Everything You Need, Without Spending A Fortune



As we prepare for the arrival of twins in May, we’re going to need to buy some “new” things.  And, it’s not just purchases for the babies (because babies don’t really need that much).  The other children will be passing down everything from outgrown toys and clothes, to their beds, so these items will need to be replaced.  We’re usually big fans of buying used things for the kids, but that means that some of the hand-me-downs are in rough shape.  In addition, it would be nice to have at least a couple of coordinating twin outfits, something we’ve never had to purchase before 🙂  Here are some great tips to keep in mind when shopping for kids, so you can buy everything that you need without spending a fortune.

 

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Milestones & Aspirations: Our Goals For 2017



January is all about making goals and getting motivated for an awesome new year.  It represents a chance to start fresh and focus on moving forward, instead of worrying about setbacks from the previous twelve months.  We all have tons of things that we would like to accomplish, but some things belong on a fill-the-bucket list, for some indefinite point in the future.  My plan for 2017 is to set a few specific goals, one for each quarter.  Then, we have a bunch of more-general, aspirational ideas for how to stay true to our top priorities throughout the year.

 

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New Year’s Reflections: Getting Back To The Why

This past week has brought me back to the beginning of our financial semi-independence journey.  Whereas short-term goals may help keep you focused, I find that the vision of achieving your long-term goals can light a fire.  The full picture may be somewhat unclear from this distance.  However, the confidence that something extraordinary is waiting for you in the future can provide all the motivation and drive you need to get through trying times.

 

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