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Fun, Fabulous, Free Things To Do in My Favorite Vacation Cities

  When you look at needs versus wants, travel probably fits into the latter category. You won’t starve, freeze to death, or stop breathing if you can’t take a vacation. I do believe it is important to see the world in whatever capacity is possible for your situation. I always need to have some sort of trip planned, even if it is only a camping trip a couple of hours away. It makes the hectic and often motonous routine of daily life more fun knowing a break is in sight. Transportation and lodging cost money in most cases, but you can find tons of free things to do in some great cities. While I am no world class traveler, these are some fun, fabulous, free things to do in my favorite vacation cities. San Diego We’ve been to San Diego several times. It is within a day’s drive from where we live, and has great beaches, which are always free. Some of my favorites in the area include: La Jolla Shores-This is an amazing area with ocean cliffs, a swim beach, and the harbor seals. If you’ve never seen a seal that wasn’t in the zoo or at Sea World, this is a must for ...

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Being a Boss, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

There were a couple of posts recently about the benefits of being an employee. For that point of view, check out DC’s post at Young Adult Money or Holly’s post  at Club Thrifty. I have not been an employee for over ten years. I bought my optometry practice in 2002 and have been the boss ever since. I’d like to share my opinion on the ups and downs from my time as the head honcho. Maybe you can gain some prospective in determining if you would like to be in charge or if it makes sense to remain an employee. This is my experience of being a boss; the good, the bad, and the ulgy. The Good Making my Own Schedule. While my office is open five days per week, I can determine when I want to be there. I’ve changed my hours several times over the years. If I want time off, I can work  longer on another day. As long as I see enough patients, it doesn’t really matter what day or times. Vacation. I can take vacation whenever I want. I don’t have to get it approved or see who has seniority before I ask for time off. Dividend Income. I pay myself a salary, ...

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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #8

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my new Canadian friends. Happy October 6th to everyone else. We should celebrate every day, right? I’m looking forward to another fall weekend. I plan on getting the Halloween decorations out today and maybe another hike in the mountains before the snow gets here. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.A favorite of mine on other blogs is a listing of funny search terms. I’m starting to get a few and though I’d share as well. eyes on the dollar grocery game–That’s on Canadian Budget Binder, but nice try. used to wearing glasses–I am, but don’t write about it, sorry. 50 dollar renovation desater– If you only had $50, it would be a desater! graceland elvis-I love Elvis, but he’s left the building. where are the four eyeballs on the dollar-You’ll only find one here how dumb is it to buy clothes on a credit card-Pretty dumb if you can’t pay it off glasses huge eyes-Glasses won’t help that funny photos about people in thick glasses-Oh, don’t make fun of the people with bad glasses. pictures that make your eyes go funny-I’m seeing a theme Mentions Beginning of October 2012 Favorite Blog Posts at Modest Money What ...

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October 2012 Goals

October is here, my favorite time of year. I have always loved Halloween, and when you have a small child, you have an excuse to decorate and carve some pumpkins. I made Rapunzel and Tinkerbelle ones last year, so we’ll see if I can top that. September was such a blur with our trip to Las Vegas, a yard sale, and the work on our first rental property. I’m almost afraid to look back at my goals and see how I did last month. Blog Goals 1. Publish content at least four times a week until I have 30 posts done. PASS. I’m over 30 posts now and will keep my goal at publishing a new post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with a roundup on Saturday. 2.Comment on at least five blogs each day, with three new ones per week.PASS. I love doing this. I usually do at least 10, and I’m starting to get my list of the ones I really enjoy and want to follow more closely. I’ll keep this goal the same for October. 3.Learn at least one new thing on WordPress per week.PASS.I installed a SEO plugin, but I still need to work on keywords and such. I ...

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Rental Property Series: How Much Did It Cost?

If you have been following this series, you know that we have been working like fiends to get our first rental property liveable for renters by October 1. If you’re new you might start by reading the previous posts. Rental Property Series: Buying our First Rental Property Rental Property Series: Renovating Our Rental Property Rental Property Series: Overcoming Setbacks Rental Property Series: Finding Hidden Treasures If you don’t want to read all of those, you’re really missing out, but to summarize We purchased this property on August 24, 2012 for $63,000, with 25% down. We plan on spending $3000-$5000 on renovations. We hope to be done and have a renter by October 1. We are using a property management company and are asking $750/mo for rent Well, October 1st has come and gone, and we are done. With a last gargantuan push this past week, we put the hardware back on the cabinets, cleaned up the construction mess, hung towel racks and a shower curtain, put in the counter tops and kitchen sink and faucet, got the stove and dishwasher hooked up, and painted the front porch. We also decided to put gravel in the front yard because the grass just would not grow. It shows poorly ...

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