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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs # 20-I’d Rather Drive Edition

After two really horrible days of plane travel, we’re back from our family trip to Kentucky. I remember the days when air travel was kind of luxurious, but now it seem that livestock gets slightly better treatment during transport. At least on the departing flight, we received $600 in travel vouchers due to cancelled flights. On the return trip, we got an apology from United Airlines for packing us into a plane to sit for two hours because there weren’t enough baggage handlers to load luggage. Oh well, at least we made it safe and sound. It certainly makes road travel seem more appealing. I plan to get back into the blogger mindset this week. I barely turned on the computer while we were out of town.  It was a nice break, and my husband and I took advantage of having a Grandma around, as we got to go out to dinner and to see two movies that didn’t have any animated characters!

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4 Money Saving Resolutions for 2013

Since I’m still on vacation, I have another great guest post today. If you would like to submit a guest post, please read the guidelines and contact me. I get a lot of satisfaction in finding ways to cut costs every month  It amazes me how many simple ways there are to save money in everyday life. Most of which really aren’t sacrifices at all and just require some time and patience to implement. If you consider yourself frugal by nature or are forced to cut expenses to try and get out of debt you’ll find these tips helpful. Here are my four favorites for 2013. Reduce Cable/Satellite TV Costs Tired of paying upwards of $60 a month for 250 channels and still can’t find anything worth watching? Call your satellite TV or cable provider and tell them you want to cancel your service. Typically, they will quickly transfer you to their “Customer Retention” department whose sole job is to keep you from cancelling. They know that once you cancel it’s going to be very difficult to get you back. Because of this, they will offer you a reduced bill which is often similar to their introductory package. If you ...

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Hidden Benefits of Foreclosure Hunting

While I’m enjoying my vacation, I have a wonderful guest post for you today. If you would like to guest post here, please read the guidelines, and contact me.   Have you been living under a rock the past few years? No? Well then you must have heard that there was a bit of a real estate crash in the US. The area where we live in Florida was hit particularly hard. But we (the PoPs) were lucky. We weren’t leveraged, had jobs, and were young enough to afford some risk – so we went foreclosure hunting. While we eventually bought a $50K duplex, the road we took to get there was not straight by any means. There were many metaphoric missed turns and surprise roundabouts that we got stuck in along the way. But, boy was it interesting.  Interesting? What Do We Mean Interesting? In fact, of the more “interesting” stories we encountered along our journey went along with one of the first foreclosures that we started to get serious about. It was a single family home in an area that was predominantly rented by recently immigrated families. Built in the mid-1990’s, out of concrete block, with a two-car ...

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Get Your Finances on Track for the New Year and a $100 Giveaway

Happy New Year!  Another holiday season has come and gone. Hopefully you aren’t in a cold sweat waiting for this month’s credit card bill!  One nice thing about a new year is the opportunity it brings for change if you aren’t where you would like to be with your finances.  What would you like to accomplish this year? Pay off debt, save for an emergency fund, stop living paycheck to paycheck, save for retirement? Maybe you had a great 2012 and want to continue on the same path.  January is a great month for taking a look at your finances and making plans for upcoming year. What Are Your Goals? Goals kind of get changed or forgotten if no one knows what they are. Take some time to put down what you would like to accomplish this year. I like to have some goals that I know I can accomplish with a little effort and some stretch goals to really try my hardest.  An easy goal might be to save $50 a month toward an emergency fund or to put toward debt. A stretch goal might be to pay off all credit card debt by the end of the year. ...

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Cheap Ways to Celebrate the New Year

It’s the last day of 2012. Have you decided how you will be ringing in the New Year? Restaurants and bars capitalize on one of the busiest nights of the year by jacking up prices for a fixed menu or set number of drinks. If you like that type of event and have already budgeted for it, go have fun. If you have waited until the last minute, but still want to participate in some festivities, here are some cheap ways to celebrate the New Year. Stay Home and Invite Friends Over You can avoid the crowds by staying at home. You don’t have to go all out financially to have a great party. It can be BYOB or pot luck. You can dress up or wear pajamas. You don’t even have to invite friends if you don’t want. It’s your house. Do as you please. What can you do for entertainment? Play Board Games Have a Penny Poker Tournament Watch a whole TV series or trilogy of movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime Watch your favorite band’s concert DVD Play Pictionary Have an after Christmas white elephant exchange Pull out your pictures from trips and events from the past ...

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