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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #19- I’m on Vacation

          I’ll be leaving tomorrow for a week in Kentucky to visit my family. If you could hear my voice as I write this, my twang is getting more pronounced as the minutes tick by. My husband thinks Southern is a whole different language and is amazed at how fluent I can be when the filter is turned off. Kentucky is a beautiful state and one of the only places I know where you can smoke AND buy fried chicken in every convenience store. I might be unplugged next week, so if you don’t hear from me, I haven’t forgotten you. I do have a couple of awesome guest posts and a giveaway lined up for next week, so stop by. It was a short week with the holidays, but there was lots going on the the blogosphere. Exciting news this week: Michelle got engaged. Congratulations! Mentions Eyes on the Dollar got some holiday love from these fine folks: Debt Roundup included my best financial tipin the Best Personal Finance Tips of 2012. My advice to stop being afraid was also shared by I Heart Budgets and Luke 1428. Frugal Rules  and Street Smart Finance were fans ...

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2012 Recap and 2013 Goals

Before I started blogging, everything was a jumble in my head. I had plans, but nothing written down and no specific time frame. However, there were a few things I wanted to accomplish in 2012, and I did pretty good on achieving those. Here were my top four and a look toward goals I AM writing down for 2013. 1)Start a Blog– I have been reading financial blogs for over a year. I’m not sure when it turned from lurker to commenter to blog owner, but I knew earlier this year that I wanted to give it a shot. When you face your biggest fear, it usually isn’t so bad. In the case of starting a blog, the worst thing would be that no one  reads it. If they do, they might think it sucks. I could live with that, so on August 1, Eyes on the Dollar went live. I still have no idea what I’m doing technically, but I have lots to say, and so far, some of you have listened and been very kind. I don’t think blogging will make me rich, but I do see the potential for earning some income if I can keep it ...

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Five Businesses for “Retirement”

Like many people who start a financial blog, I have a desire to achieve financial independence or be able to “retire.”Some people argue that you can’t be retired if you still work. I don’t think it matters what you call it. I hope to get out of the day to day grind that we get stuck in to pay the bills. Within 10-12 years, my husband and I hope to be free of that, but I am not one to sit around the house watching the Game Show Network. I have a list of possible business opportunities that seem promising. These may never pan out, but it’s fun to dream. 1) Property Management-We already have a residential rental and a commercial rental. We hope to add 2-3 more over the next several years. By that time, we should be more experienced as landlords, and might even take on management of other properties. If we are “retired,” we should have plenty of time to take calls and fix leaky toilets in the middle of the night. However, I watched a show called World’s Worst Tenants this weekend. After seeing them wrestle an alligator out of a tenants bath tub, that could make ...

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Financial Lessons from Clark W. Griswold

Since it’s Christmas Eve, I hope you are enjoying your time rather than last minute shopping. One of our favorite things to do during the holiday season is to watch  Christmas movies. At the top of the list is Christmas Vacation, one of my all time favorites. If you grew up in an Amish family and haven’t seen it, this movie is a comedy starring Chevy Chase,and it is about his misadventures in trying to achieve the perfect family Christmas. I’ve probably seen it 50 times, but still laugh at all the classic scenes. Although the movie is all in good fun, for us finance geeks out there, we can learn some financial lessons from Clark W. Griswold. Don’t Overspend on Christmas Decorations One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is when Clark lights up his house for Christmas. It has inspired many terms of endearment toward those who tend to over decorate. In reality, you don’t need that many lights, and Clark runs up a huge electric bill. Switching to LED lights might also be a good option, but those weren’t available in the 80’s. Clark does make up for his electric bill by cutting his own ...

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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #18-Toy Pony Edition

I am so excited to have four days off to do basically nothing. After Christmas parties, Christmas programs, trying to finish year end business stuff, and filling in for my associate doctor whose wife had a baby a week early, I’m surprised I got anything done this week. If I didn’t make it to your blog, I’m very sorry, but there are only so many hours in the day. It was an exciting week on the blogging front as I had my first 300+ visitor day. I know that’s small beans for many of you guys, but I was pretty happy. Our daughter called an audible in the Santa game this week when she changed her mind and is now asking for a toy pony. Do I tell her that Santa doesn’t last minute shop or suck it up and go find a toy pony? Giveaways You can still enter the giveaways for $100, the iPad 3, or Jeremy’s big cash prize. This isn’t a giveaway, but if you haven’t downloaded Sicorra’s blog planner, you really should. What a great gift for us bloggers. Thanks so much. Guest Posts I was very excited to guest post at Making Sense of ...

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