Our New and Improved Credit Card Strategy

by Julie August 7, 2014
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For many years our main credit card has been the Hilton Honors Visa card, and because of that we’ve earned a lot of Hilton points over time. Those free hotel rooms were nice, but they weren’t the best way for us to reward ourselves for our spending. So in the spirit of this blog, where I […]

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Our Kansas City Staycation in Pictures and by the Numbers

by Julie August 4, 2014
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Last weekend Tom and I traveled exactly 17 miles to celebrate our anniversary. We went from our house in the suburbs to The Hotel President in downtown Kansas City. We wanted a weekend get away to mark the occasion, but we didn’t want the hassle or expense or time involved with traveling, so we planned a […]

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Back to School Shopping: The College Edition

by Julie August 1, 2014
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Reason #458 why boys are different to raise than girls: Me: Do you want this laundry bag of Lindsey’s? We bought it for her when she went to college. Grant: Why do I need a laundry bag? Me: To carry your clothes back and forth when you do laundry at school. Grant: I figured I’d just […]

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Setting Up and Feeding an Emergency Fund: Tips for Success

by Julie July 30, 2014

Last summer I decided that it was time we had a proper emergency fund. We had a garden variety savings account, but that’s not really the same thing. We had other assets we could have tapped if we needed to – retirement savings, college savings, credit card lines of credit, life insurance cash value. Again, none of […]

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Which is the Best Order to Pay Off Debts: By Interest Rates or Balance Amounts?

by Julie July 23, 2014

There’s a debate that persists in the personal finance world about the right order in which to pay off debts. Generally speaking, there are two main schools of thought: Pay off debts off in the order of interest rate (highest to lowest) because it makes the most mathematical sense; you’ll pay the least amount of interest […]

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Survey Results

by Julie July 18, 2014

Thank you to everyone who took the time to take my two question survey this week. Do you like seeing the results when you take a survey? I know I do, so I wanted to share these with you. (You can click on any of the charts below to make them bigger.) Blog Topics I was […]

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How Big Should Your Emergency Fund Be?

by Julie July 17, 2014

The following is a guest post. Today’s low interest rates make opening a savings account about as appealing as stashing your cash under a mattress. However, you need to have money set aside for major emergencies, such as job loss, health emergencies or other unforeseen crises. So how big should your emergency fund be? Popular […]

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Imagine Yourself Rich: Who Would You Be Then?

by Julie July 17, 2014

The following is a post by Sam Peters. Dang! The old lawn mower is really on its last legs. Whatever it is, it is likely terminal. It’s missing a muffler, anyway. Now, like an old dog that has begun to snap at the postman and look at the cats with real hunger in its eyes, […]

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A Two Question Survey

by Julie July 16, 2014

I’m popping in to ask if you’d take a minute to take the two question survey below. I’d be most grateful! Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Receive future posts by email Email Address

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Found Money: a 2 Year Update = $43,082

by Julie July 7, 2014

I’m a big believer in little amounts of money. Two years ago, in July of 2012, I wrote about the $318 in proceeds from my garage sale and what I was doing with them. I didn’t realize it at the time but that was the first of what would become regular found money update posts. Since […]

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