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7 Ways I am Working Smarter

When I first heard the phrase “work smarter, not harder”, I dismissed it as business jargon for “work harder for us with no extra pay”. My cynicism did not allow me to see its potential in my own life. Since starting this blog in 2009…
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ANTM Financial Lesson No. 2: Money Does Not Hold You Back from Your Passion

Of all the financial stress out there, this doesn't have to be one of them. You can do what you want, without owning all the expensive stuff you think you need. One of the challenges I found particularly interesting while watching a marathon…
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Slowly Boiling in a Pot of COL Inflation and Increased Fees

The agency I work for has not given a cost of living increase in three years now. I heard that it used to be a fairly consistent thing but with budget cuts during the recession it was one of the items they crossed off of the list in order to…
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Hosting Our Halloween Party for $3.46 per Guest

My mother, brother, and his girlfriend visited us last week from PA. In their honor we threw a Halloween party and invited 25 of our friends and family. What a blast! We wanted it to be a really festive occasion, but of course we wanted to keep…
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Liquidating Our Electronic Graveyard: How did We do?

I opened up our closet in Paul’s office the other day and realized that our graveyard of electronic carcasses had grown big enough in size for me to attempt to reap some cash out of it. There was the printer that works but we lost the cord…
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America’s Next Top Model Financial Lesson No. 1: Invoke what Makes You Tick

America's Next Top Model offers some really cool insight about how to organize your life: First we must find our essence. Then we must fund our essence. I will be the first to admit that getting caught up in an America’s Next Top Model…