Tag Archives: planning

Will specific steps help you reach your goals?

We’ve all done it: set a goal or resolution, then felt enthusiastic and committed to achieving it…for about a week, after which life returns to normal and the budgeting workbook or the fancy gym clothes lay forgotten in the corner. … Continue reading

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Spring cleaning your finances

I’m one of those strange people who actually enjoys cleaning out closets. There’s something about the process of taking everything out, throwing it into a pile, and then slowly going back through it and deciding what to keep and what … Continue reading

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America Saves Week – a little help with budgeting

If you have ever read one of my posts you know how I feel about following a budget. I believe in the concept, I can create a solid plan, but as soon as I see the limitations on my open … Continue reading

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My 2014 challenge

I spent the day after Thanksgiving giving my office a thorough, long overdue cleaning. It was awful, I have to admit. But in going through my bookshelf, I came across Elizabeth Bradford’s book, The Painted Journal. This book was given … Continue reading

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Teaching kids the meaning of enough

According to a recent study by Bridgewater State University , one-fifth of third graders now have cell phones. That’s just at the youngest extreme – 83% of kids in middle school are dialed in. Whether we like it or not, … Continue reading

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Taxes on my own

In most relationships (hopefully) there is an equal split of the duties to keep the household running. From the day to day mundane indoor and outdoor chores to the more time consuming duties of paying the bills, investing and tax … Continue reading

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Learning to appreciate the small stuff

One thing we’ve learned over the past five-odd years – roughly the length of the economic downturn – is how to cut back. Some people cut back because they lost jobs or didn’t get expected raises or bonuses. Others cut … Continue reading

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Getting back to budgeting

No matter what your goal, it’s generally easy to get the motivation to start. You can eat healthy the first day of your diet, no problem. You’re in the gym bright and early the day after you sign up. And … Continue reading

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The price of priceless memories

The summer of 2013 was an amazing one of new travels and milestones. As our family is intentionally shifting our investments from “things” to “experiences” we learned much on our journeys this summer. So, what does the typical American household … Continue reading

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Empty nest = what to do with all our free time

In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that my husband and I have more free time now that our kids are out of the house and we have an empty nest. We still have two in college so we need to be … Continue reading

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