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

Riding the ski lift with no adult almost gave me a heart attack!

Riding the ski lift with no adult almost gave me a heart attack!

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.

Our cute foster fuzzball

Our cute foster fuzzball

This has been a great month for me blog wise. I appreciate all of your support and continued visits, comments, and emails.


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Guest Posts

I had two this week on very different topics. Tips for Buying Your First Rental Property was at Work Save Live and How I Saved $5000 With My Health Savings Account was at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff. I appreciate the opportunity to post on such great sites.


There were lots of mentions this week. Everyone of you can have a free puppy! Thanks so much. If I missed any, please let me know.

The Frugal Farmer, Modest Money, Luke 1428,  and Work Save Live  liked my analogy comparing debt to a winter blizzard.

I Heart Budgets, Debt Roundup, and One Smart Dollar were sad that I lost money in fees.

Making Sense of Cents  was excited about Jason’s guest post about things to do before you put your house on the market.

Credit card churning was especially popular with My Journey to Financial Independence, Modest Money, Reach Financial Independence, Canadian Budget Binder,  and The Frugal Farmer.

Debt Roundup, My Money Design, Frugal Rules, Money Smart Guides, and Budget and the Beach understand that rudeness isn’t the way to get what you want.

Fun Search Terms

best gift to wife that doesn’t cost much-Don’t get her jewelry from the Dollar Store.

retire from laundromats-Getting a washer finally, are you?

am in debts donnot know how to skip-Skipping town won’t erase those debts. You’ll still have to pay later.

european vacation on 100 thousand dollars cash– You could take me and half of the blogosphere with you for that much.

it’s a girl balloon made into be my valentine- Did you think she wouldn’t notice?

 20/20 Posts of the Week

You Bought That at WalMart? at Frugal Rules. John got me into a rant after this post. I loathe Wally World

Income Tax is Like a Four Letter Word at Canadian Budget Binder. What if it were spelled taxx. Makes taxes seem dirtier than they are.

What I Hate About Guatemala at Reach Financial Independence. I guess nowhere is truly paradise.

3 Wild Tales of Insurance Fraud at Modest Money. The things people will do to make a buck.

A Primer on Federal Income and Investment Taxes at My Journey to Financial Independence. Long term capital gains have never looked so sweet, except maybe last year. 

Rant Alert-An Online Business is Not a Passive Income Source at Debt Roundup. Any business, online or not is never passive in my opinion.

Are Your Running With the Bulls or With the Lemmings? at The Wise Dollar. Who wants to be a lemming?

The Roth IRA Basics and What You Need to Know to Get Started Today at My Money Design

Your Site or Blog Gets Hacked..How do you Fix it? at Savvy Scot. Here’s hoping I never need to know.

The Truth About Sponsored Blog Posts from Nuts and Bolts Media. How do you draw the line between keeping Big G happy and making money?

Blogging Tips For Beginners at Frugal Portland. Kathleen and I share a disdain for captcha!

Can You Afford an Early Retirement? at One Smart Dollar. I hope so.

Beauty on the Cheap at The Frugal Farmer. Who says you can’t look beautiful without spending a mint?

3 Reasons Mint.com May Not Be For You was a guest post by Edward Antrobus at I Heart Budgets.  I like mint, but don’t love it for some of the reasons pointed out here.

You Can Make Six Figures Without a College Degree at Street Smart Finance. Considering many people with college degrees aren’t making this much, it’s something to think about.

The Truth about Tax Deductions at Money Smart Guides. Let’s spend more than we have so we can get a deduction! Makes perfect sense, right?

Have a great weekend!

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. Don’t let my wife see free puppies, it would be over. Thanks for all of the mentions Kim. It is much appreciated. I hope you have a great weekend.

  2. Thanks for the mention! We fostered cats for a while, my wife has been permanently banned from fostering kittens anymore (by me) since we now have 5 permanently place cats in our home! Speaking of pups, my stepson bought home 4 black lab pups 2 days before Christmas. They were abandoned in the woods, wormy and cute as anything. We cleaned them up fed them and put them on Craigslist and 3 of them were gone to good homes the next day. of course we kept the cutest one, Sadie, who is now busily tormenting the older dogs (and us) in our household!

    • I had a dog named Sadie for 14 years. She was a hellion every day of her life, even though she only weighed 15 pounds.

      • Sadie looks to be mostly lab with a sprinkling of pit in her. She wont give the other dogs or the cats a moment of peace. We’re patiently waiting for her to calm down but I think it’s going to be a long wait.

  3. “retire from laundromats-Getting a washer finally, are you?”Lol! Gotta love the search terms. Thanks for the mention Kim, glad I could let you rant. 🙂

  4. what a cute puppy! looks like you had a blast skiing, every thing is so much easier to pick up as a kid.. thanks for the mention

  5. I’ve never been skiing so I am definitely jealous! And what a cute foster pup 🙂

  6. Thanks for the mention. Hopefully I will be “retiring from laundromats” next week with the income tax return check!

  7. Thanks for the mentions, Kim – I appreciate it! The ski lessons sound like fun and the mom and pop ski place sounds adorable: just the kind of place we’d ski it. OH, and that pup is SO cute! Glad he found a home 🙂

  8. Thanks for the mention.

    I remember about two and a half years ago when I retired from laundromats. It was magical. I had my very own washer and dryer. Finally living like an adult. But I still covet quarters and have this overwhelming urge to hoard them like a dragon.

  9. Thanks for the mention. I tried snowboarding and ended up on my butt more than enough times. I gave it up after never really catching on to it. I’ve never tried skiing, but lump it with snowboarding as been there, done that.

    • I don’t snowboard. Need my wrists too much. Most adults I know who tried snowboarding fall on their wrist. At least with a pole, you aren’t tempted to put your hand down.

  10. Thanks for the mention! I am about to leave this country for few weeks to visit my parents in India.

  11. It’s so nice that you bring these animals into your home. I don’t know if our city has anything like this but I would love to help out if they did. Glad to hear the puppy has a home lined up. Have a lovely weekend my friend.

    • Our town is so small, you just kind of get on the list. I haven’t fostered in a few years, but when you start, the flood gates open. After this one, I’m taking a long break.

  12. Congrats on the ski lessons, Kim! I need to start those up as well for my kids. Great reads listed here, too.

  13. Thanks for the mention! Man that dog is cute.

    I’ve still NEVER been skiing. It sounds like fun. I’d love to give it a shot.

  14. Adorable puppy! That is so sweet of you to foster them! =)

  15. Thanks for the shout out!

    My friends call me the dog hoarder… I have four dogs, two of which are rescues, and would probably have more if I could afford to feed them all. I think there are very few problems that can’t be solved by cuddling with a puppy!!! (For the record, all of mine are tiny dogs, so it’s not quite as bad as it might sound.)

    • Wow, I totally looked at that post and didn’t click on the link. I’ll get you in next weeks for sure. For some reason, I have been getting pings a few days late. Not sure if that’s me or not. Thanks for letting me know.

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