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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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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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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 marathon…