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Why I’m Paying $70 For Something I Could Have For Free

4th of July triathlon

  I try really hard to practice lifestyle deflation, which is the opposite of lifestyle inflation. This means carefully considering every purchase and certainly not paying for things that I don’t absolutely need. Every once in a while, a non-necessary expense comes up that makes me throw that thought out the window. This 4th of July, I’m paying $70 for something I could have for free. Physical fitness is one of my top priorities. We only have so much time, and I want to give myself the best shot at being healthy during the amount of time I get. I use plenty of low cost ways to exercise, including running, biking, hiking, or using P90x at home. I love to do 5k or 10k races but have really cut those out due to expense and/or travel time. However, every 4th of July for the past six years, I’ve signed up for the Cortez Burst Triathlon. This year, I’m taking my daughter with me! Yep, we paid $50 for me and $20 for her to run, swim, and bike around our home town. Running and biking are absolutely free, and the pool fee is only $2. Why on earth are we ...

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Triathlons and Investments: More Similar Than You’d Think

After finishing my 4th triathlon recently, I’ve come to realize that triathletes are a lot like investors. How on earth can I compare sweaty athletes in Lycra to well groomed investors sitting in front of their computers? If you think about it, I believe you will agree that being in a triathlon and investing have many similarities. The Elite Athlete/Investor If you have ever done competitive events like races or triathlons, you’ve seen the elite group. You know the type. They have the correct clothing and gear. They have 2% body fat and seem to be made solely of legs and lungs.These people train for events for many hours a day and are the ones that finish in the top 10%. Elite investors are also a rare breed. Warren Buffet or Donald Trump come to mind. These type people are smarter than the average bear either by a combination of luck, study and/or natural talent and personality. They have huge sums of money and seem to rarely make mistakes. When they do, they are able to use the lesson learned to produce positive results. The Weekend Warrior In every event I’ve ever done there are a few people who should ...

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Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #42- Home and Gone Again

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July whether you celebrate Independence Day or not. We’ve had tons going on here. Jim and I finally made it back from San Diego after our car broke down on the way home. You’ll be hearing more about that soon! We did get to visit the San Diego County Fair and had some really good, but unhealthy food. Nothing like the bacon donut, but it wasn’t organic veggies for sure. I competed in a triathlon on Thursday. I guess you could say I finished more than competed. This year it was divided into two divisions, an easier one for recreational athletes and a longer competitive division. For some reason, I chose the longer one. I guess it was to challenge myself a bit more. It still wasn’t that long in the whole scheme of triathlons, but it certainly was long enough for me. I actually did get 5th place in the women’s division, but there were only 5 entrants, so I’m not sure that’s much to be proud of. Anyway, I’m glad I did it. We are leaving town again Tuesday morning for our much awaited trip to the Pacific Northwest. I’ll ...

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