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Is Poverty in the United States an Excuse to do Poorly in School?

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For the most part I love the rural area of the country where we’ve chosen to live. It fits our needs and desires, and we’ve been able to make a good living here.  However, there is a large percentage of the population that lives below the poverty line. My husband will be completing a master’s degree in education administration this summer. Recently, as a practicum requirement, he has been observing parent conference at the middle school. Instead of accepting responsibility and working toward a better the situation, all of the parents blamed being poor in some way for why their child was having difficulty in schools. It leads to the question, is poverty in the United States an excuse to do poorly in school?

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Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #27-Ski Lessons and Foster Puppies

Last night concluded of ski lessons for our daughter. They were at Hesperus, a little mom and pop ski area near us that offers night skiing. If you’ve only skiied in places like Aspen or Vail, Hesperus is a bit different. They have 3 crooked metal sheds for buildings. The biggest one sells hot chocolate and candy bars and has what look like used school cafeteria tables. They only have one old, two-seater lift. I love it, all of it, and it’s cheap. After six lessons and $180, our daughter can now get off the lift and ski down any green run there. Well worth it. Considering I didn’t start skiing until I was 25, it’s pretty impressive. We also have another foster puppy. This little spud was abandoned at the park with a huge hernia hanging out. After some surgery, the shelter needed a place for him to recover, and since my house doubles as the wayward home for lost and misplaced dogs, we couldn’t say no. He is definitely a puppy, but is very stoic for such a little guy. Luckily he has a home lined up next week when his holding period is over. This has been ...

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Things That Make Me Go Hmm

I’ve done several posts this week if you count my two guest ones at BFS and Work Save Live. My original goal was to only publish on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but sometimes you just have too much to say. Actually yesterday’s post was supposed to be for today, and I screwed up the date when I scheduled it. I actually wrote another one but decided it was a better Monday post. To make up for my mistake, I’ll give you the day off from personal finance and share some things that make me go hmmmm…..

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Is Buying A Used Car The Smartest Form Of Car Shopping?

The following is a guest post. If you are interested in submitting a guest post, please read my policy and contact me. Buying a car is one of the top investments that you will make in your life – perhaps the second most significant one after purchasing a house. After all, when you cannot afford to purchase the vehicle outright, you are also committing to a number of years paying off a loan. One of the primary decisions that you need to make is whether you want to buy a new or used car. Buying a used car is a smart choice for the following reasons: Affordability – when you buy a car that is just slightly used, there is a substantial cost savings. Cars depreciate the most in the first couple of years, according to Bankrate. The moment you drive the car off the lot, its value declines by thousands of dollars. Once it’s off the lot, it is only worth the dealer’s wholesale price; a fast depreciation from the retail price that you paid for it. This is because the dealership would not offer you anymore than the wholesale price if you decided to return it. Certification of ...

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Puppy Or Older Dog: Which Costs More?

If you have read some of my previous posts, you know I am an animal lover, and I especially favor dogs. Maybe cats are smarter and more independent, but there is nothing like a tail wagging at 100 mph and a big tongue hanging out to greet you when you come home from being gone five minutes or five hours. (These are my dogs, not my husband) I took in another foster puppy this week. He is only with us for a few days while he is recovering from surgery. My permanent dogs are 4 and 10 years old. With the contrast in ages, I’ve been wondering if it costs more money to get an older dog or a puppy? From my recent experiences, I’ll share a cost breakdown. We’ll assume the costs are for mid range quality food, and the veterinary costs are for my area, which may vary depending on where you live.

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