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Eyes on the Dollar 20/20 Roundup #43- Pacific Northwest Vacation


Sunset Beach, Oregon

Sunset Beach, Oregon


We made it back from our big trip yesterday. After spending almost two weeks in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, it’s good to be home. We haven’t taken a trip that long since before our daughter was born, and we’ve certainly never taken such a big trip without racking up credit card debt, so score one for the Eyes on the Dollar family! There was so much to see and do, and I’m sure you’ll get sick of hearing about it, but it’s my blog and I can show all the pictures I want. I’m hoping to get back to my regular online routine, but we’ll have lots to do before school starts in a few weeks. We’ll see. Thanks for all those who checked in over the past couple of weeks.


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Ecola State Park, OR

Ecola State Park, OR


Thanks for including me, even though I have been MIA for the better part of the month! If I missed you, please let me know.

I Heart Budgets

Stacking Benjamins

Fun Search Terms

we all smell like skunk- Have you tried tomato juice?

Yes, that's a big tree!

Yes, that’s a big tree!

a fact about having money- It’s great?

american habits that take thier money- Ask John about the fireworks!

being rude to parents karma- Bet you aren’t so proud of being such a snarky teenager now, huh?

reading puppies are better than older dogs- If your puppy can read, that might be your ticket to easy street!

i want to be rude i need 20 ways to be rude- One word: Karma!

how to afford an expensive mountain- Look for one that’s on sale?

Hug Point State Park, OR

Hug Point State Park, OR

20/20 Posts of the Week I Missed While on Vacation

Cash Money $7230 in June Income, Blog Updates, and Goals. If you ever want proof that you don’t have to work 40 hours a week doing a job you don’t enjoy, read this.

Want to Help the Poor? Just Throw Money at Stacking Benjamins. This one actually made me think while on vacation.

Little House in Guatemala: A Normal Day at the Council at Reach Financial Independence. It’s refreshing to see there is government waste around the world!

E*trade Review: Detailed Breakdown of E*Trade at Modest Money. Pros and cons from one of the more popular online trading sites.


My crabby family!

My crabby family!

Stockpiling Basics: How to Stockpile on a Budget at The Frugal Farmer. This is always something I’m planning to do, but never get around to it. I think my Mom still has a stockpile from Y2K!

Cape Disappointment State Park, WA

Cape Disappointment State Park, WA

Mount St. Helens, WA

Seattle City View

Seattle City View

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. Thanks for mentioning my post! I’m glad you had a great trip!
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  2. Wow…seems you had an awesome trip! Am moreover one that didn’t dent your finances…congrats. We’ll ofcourse be waiting to hear all about it ?
    Thanks for the mention
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    • This trip was pretty much solely paid for with credit card reward points and bonuses. I had to plan like a mad hatter, but it was certainly worth it.

  3. Looks like a wonderfully fun vacation! Is it really called Cape Disappointment State Park, or was it just that much of a letdown that you re-named it? ? Glad you had fun, and are back home safe and sound. Thanks for the mention, Kim, and have a restful vacation recovery. ?
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    • No, it was actually called that, and that’s one reason why we had to go. It was where the Columbia River meets the Pacific and so many ships wrecked there, that they named it Cape Disappointment. It was actually really beautiful. Much of the historical stuff there is related to Lewis and Clark, so there is also a place called Dismal Nitch. I guess it rained for four straight months when they were there, so lots of things had very dreary names!

  4. Welcome back Kim! I look forward to hearing all about the trip. Great photos so far ? Have a great night.
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  5. That Ecola state park picture is gorgeous. And for being the NW, looks like you had a great weather. Thanks for the mention.
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    • I am always amazed at how much of the world I haven’t seen. This trip was a great snapshot of this area, and we did have wonderful weather.

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