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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #11-Pumpkin Edition

  Another weekend already. Last night we attended a murder mystery dinner. This was our second one, and they are too much fun. Luckily my husband nor I turned out to be the murderer! This weekend is the kid’s trick or treat parade down Main Street. Is it just me, or does Halloween stretch into a two week long holiday when you have a kid? This week, I’m sharing some more great search terms that landed on Eyes on the Dollar. Being the boss is a good and bad thing-Yep, it is Can a helmet qualify HSA-  Don’t think so Credit for free clothing-I’d love to know how Can I finance lasik surgery for my wife- Yes, but wouldn’t you rather pay it off? cycling is an expensive hobby yes-It sure can be decorating pumpkins like rapunzel-I don’t think pumpkins can grow hair found treasure in rental property-Did it come with a pirate? hidden dollar treasures-Sounds like fun husband has expensive hobby-I’m so sorry. Can you lock him in the bathroom? pictures of petanimals for preschoolers-Remember, you’ll be the one who is taking care of them! stalagmites-I know what they are, do you? And my personal favorite… won pun kim ...

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Things I Could Have Bought with $30,000 Lost to Credit Card Debt

  As we’re coming into the homestretch of paying off our credit cards forever, it’s kind of horrific funny if you think about the things we could have done with that money instead. Just like building savings, wealth, or a retirement fund, our debt was years in the making. I’d say it was sort of an art form, albeit a very alternative style that doesn’t receive much critical praise. I honestly can’t name one tangible item we have ownership of because of that debt. I know there were a couple of fun trips and probably some nice sporting equipment. There were also lots of restaurant meals that have long been digested and disposed of. The biggest thing we have to show for our $30,000 in credit card debt is a new understanding of how wonderful being consumer debt free will feel in a few months.  I know it is not healthy to wonder what could have been, but if you are going to put that purchase you can’t afford right now on a credit card, think about these things we could have had without our debt. A Year Abroad-I have a friend who, with her husband and son, took a year sabbatical to ...

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Moving from Employed to Self Employed, What Am I Forgetting?

being self employed

I have owned my business for the past 10+ years, which makes me essentially self employed (and about half crazy )  However, I have been a w-2 employee as far as salary and witholdings. I walked into an established business that had employees who did most of the book work. Deposits went through the corporation, and expenses were paid before I saw a dime.  At the end of the year I will be selling my business that has provided a huge safety net for the last decade. I will be my own corporation without  a book keeper to figure things out for me unless I want to spend the extra money to hire one. I’m hoping my experience is enough to make the right financial decisions to avoid any huge mistakes. This is my list for going from employed to self employed. Am I forgetting anything? Salary On paper my income should be higher than the salary I have been paying myself. I have three jobs lined up. One with the government, one as employee for the new buyer of my business, and one with another optometry office. At my old office, I will still be a w-2 employee, but the other two jobs are ...

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Inspired by Malala Yousafzai, 14 Year Old Hero

Since I started this blog in August, I have  been out of touch with local news and world happenings. There are only 24 hours in the day, and unless I can find a way to give up sleep, my waking hours are filled with family time, work, exercise, household jobs, and now blogging. I’m sure most bloggers can relate. I can’t remember when I watched the news or looked up the CNN website, but an article in People magazine, of all places, caught my eye this past week. Before you start thinking I’m a bad PF role model because I subscribe to People magazine,  it was my office copy for the reception area. The short article was about 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who was targeted and shot in the head by the Taliban for “promoting secularism.” In reality, all this girl did was love ice cream, speak near perfect English, and blog anonymously about her experiences trying to get an education and live life under Taliban rule when they took over her area of Pakistan in 2009.  You can read her story at the BBC blog, Diary of a Pakistani Schoolgirl. Her identitity was revealed in 2011, after the Taliban was ...

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Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #10-Ed McCaffrey Edition

Another Saturday, where does the time go? Today, we went to see Eddie McCaffrey, former receiver for the Denver Broncos. A new sporting goods store was opening up, and apparently he’s the main attraction. I wouldn’t drive an hour to meet most NFL players, but steady Eddie was always a good role model and a great team player. Plus, my husband was a big fan. The only other famous person I’ve ever met at a meet and greet was Slash at an optometry convention of all places. Can’t imagine what he thought of the crowd! Eyes on the Dollar was mentioned in quite a few places this week. Thanks so much for sharing. It’s so fun to see those pingbacks pop up. Please let me know if I missed anyone. October 20 2012 Favorite Blog Posts at Modest Money Friday Recap, Multitasking, and a Fairy Blogmother at Reach Financial Independence Friday’s Circle of Friends October 19 AND October 12 at Tackling Our Debt Can You Become a Millionaire Best Selling Author in 3 Days at Fix Em Up Rent Em Out How to Find the Next 10-Bagger Stock at Street Smart Finance Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, BCS Edition #2 ...

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