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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #6

Didn’t I just do a roundup? Another week has flown by. We had a first this week. My daughter had her first break away run during a soccer game. She has never been very agressive toward getting the ball. Usually she’s doing somersaults or picking grass while the action is going on, but she somehow got the ball and kicked it three times in a row! It was toward the wrong goal, but you can’t ask for miracles. We’ve had some skunk troubles lately. If you’ve never had the pleasure of having a pet sprayed by Pepe Le Pew, it is an experience. I reported last week that I was about to have a ripe tomato on my plant. The next day something ate it, probably that same skunk. The darn thing got my dog and my tomato in the same week! If debt had a stinky skunk smell, no one would ever have a problem. Eyes on the Dollar is moving right along and I can’t say thanks enough for all the visits, comments, and shares from you wonderful readers. These rockin’ blogs were kind enough to mention me this week. Please tell me if I missed someone. Carnival of Personal Finance at Free Money Finance ...

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Have a Killer Fall Yard Sale

Fall is the perfect time of year. If you live in an area that has seasons, there is a certain crispness in the air, leaves are starting to change, and everyone needs an end of the season yard sale. Spring can also be a great time for sales, but in Colorado, you might encounter snow, making late summer or early fall a better option. EBay or Craig’s List are good ways to sell if you have a high quality items, but sometimes it’s easier to put everything out at once and have a mass exodus. Anyone can have a yard sale, but there are a few tips that can make a great one. Be Involved With a Charity If you don’t care about taking home money for yourself, charity yard sales are an easy way to get rid of stuff.   The local humane society that I work with has a yard sale every spring and fall. It is in a church annex, so the weather is not a consideration. It spans three days, we take donations for about a month beforehand, and usually pocket around $5000. These events take lots of volunteers, but one person doesn’t have to do everything. Charity yard sales are a ...

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Rental Property Series: Overcoming Setbacks

I only planned on updating this series every couple of weeks, but so much is happening with the rental right now. Waiting two weeks would make a super long post, and I tend to be on the wordy side anyway. If you are new to this series, you might want to start by reading these. Rental Property Series: Buying Our First Rental Property Rental Property Series: Renovating Our Rental Property As a brief recap, 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. What we’ve done this past week Hubby finished installing the vanity and faucets in the bathroom. It needs some shims for leveling, but it is working, and we now have water. We are still waiting on our toilet to be delivered. We were told the Home Depot ones aren’t as durable. That’s  funny because our home toilets are from Home Depot and they stills seem to be fine after 8+ years. Maybe renters are harder on toilets? I really don’t want to think too much about that one! Anyway, we ordered one from ...

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Life and Financial Lessons from a Five Year Old

When you have children, sometimes you feel as if you are always walking uphill just to make it from  work to school to activities on time. It is often easy to be on automatic pilot, but if you pay attention, sometimes you can learn life lessons from the smallest people. Our daughter started gymnastics a year ago when she was four years old. It was a new program in our area, and was offered through the city recreation center, so it was very affordable. Her class consisted of 4-6 year olds, and she absolutely loved it.  When we began kindergarten, we had to stop the classes because we are attennding an out of district school. We just couldn’t make it in time.  The gymnastics program has taken off like a rocket, and the earlier, younger classes are now averaging 50-60 kids. To spread the load, the coaches decided to offer three classes, mixing all ages together but separating like ages into groups within the class. We were able to make the later class, so we tried it out last week. When we arrived, it was obvious that my daughter was the youngest and smallest one there. There were a couple of ...

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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #5

Where does the time go? Another week has flown by. It’s beginning to feel like fall with the cooler mornings and evenings that Colorado does so well. I’m kind of excited about today. Daughter and I are going to pick apples and peaches at the Colorado State University orchard near our area. It’s really cheap and nice to show her where food comes from.  For her kindergarten homework, she brings home a letter every day and we have to find five things that start with that letter. On the day for the letter T, I was trying to get her to say tree. Me: “Apples come from a ………” Daughter: “Store!” Maybe it’s time to get back to nature. I’m also glad to report that our tomato plant has a semi-ripening tomato. My first one ever! I can get them to grow, but they never ripen. I can’ t wait to eat it. Eyes on the Dollar certainly had lots of love this week thanks to all you wondeful readers. I really appreciate everyone who stops by and leaves a comment or shares a post. This week thanks to these blogs for mentions. Mr. CBB’s Weekly Blog Post Picks September ...

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