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The Nitty Gritty of Being a Family CEO

by Julie January 24, 2015
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Almost nine years ago I hired myself to make the most of our family’s finances. In that time I’ve tried lots of different strategies, some of which have stuck and some of which have fallen by the wayside. This week, however, I found myself doing some of the things that have become more or less routine in my […]

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Found Money Update July – December or How the Kansas City Royals Added to Our Emergency Fund

by Julie January 15, 2015

Last October the Kansas City Royals went on a magical ride that started with the American League Wild Card Game (the most exciting game of any kind I’ve ever seen in person) and ended in game 7 of the World Series. The entire city was in a collective good mood and talked of nothing else for the entire month. […]

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Make Money, Don’t Spend Money, on Black Friday Weekend

by Julie November 28, 2014

Are you a Black Friday shopper? I’m more of a Cyber Monday girl myself. I do most of my Christmas shopping from home, with just a trip or two out during the month of December to pick up a few things and soak up some holiday atmosphere. But I do love those holiday bargains and […]

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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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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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Found Money Update October – March: $13,731

by Julie April 14, 2014

It’s past time for a found money update. In fact, I blew right past the three month mark and am now at the six. So what follows is an update for the months of October, 2013 – March, 2014. If you’re wondering what found money is, I summarized the concept here. But the basics are that […]

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Found Money Update, July – September: $7113

by Julie October 18, 2013

One of the most powerful techniques I’ve stumbled on as a Family CEO is the concept of found money, and each quarter I summarize our found money totals. If you’re new to the updates, you can read more about found money here, but the important thing to know is that these are (often small) amounts of […]

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How I Make Money Blogging: A Q&A

by Julie August 1, 2013
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Since I’ve started including blogging income in my found money updates, there has been some interest in exactly how I make money blogging. I’ve been dragging my feet in writing about it because I wasn’t sure exactly what information to include. I’ve spent over seven years blogging and learning about blogging and there is a […]

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Found Money Update, March – June: $7759

by Julie July 25, 2013
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The last time I wrote a found money update was at the end of February. It seemed to me then – as it does now – that I should probably do an update quarterly and that’s something I’ve put on the calendar going forward. Since this update needs to capture not only the second quarter […]

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Upromise As a Source of Found Money

by Julie April 9, 2013

Part of my next found money update will include a check from Upromise. If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve heard of Upromise, because it’s marketed as a way to earn money for college.  Although the money can really be used for any purpose you like, as you’ll see below. There are several ways to […]

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