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All around us, we see people CHOOSING to stay STUCK in a life they don’t love, just because that’s what they’ve always done.  As we execute on our own escape, we want to help YOU create your own dream…and then go make it happen! Sign up to win ”Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life…

Mindless Frugality: When Saving Money Goes Too Far

As a general rule, before making a purchase online, I search retailmenot (no, I’m not an affiliate, I just love the site!) for any coupon codes I should be using.   I then also check Upromise for rebates towards college savings (because why WOULDN’T you want extra $$ going into your little one’s college account).  If all else…

Frugal Upgrade: Repainting Car Roof with BedLiner

I wasn’t sure what category to put this blog post in.  Ultimately, I decided to put it in Money Matters, because it’s about not only saving money but also making do with what you already have.  As a professional who makes just under 6 figures a year, I’m fairly regularly asked why I drive a…

Dog-Sitting Site Comparison: DogVacay vs. Rover.com

A little under three years ago, we decided to explore dog-sitting to bring in a few extra dollars.  It made sense – we were regularly fostering dogs for a couple of local rescue organizations, and so had plenty of experience with dogs coming in and out of the house.  In addition, our three older dogs…

6 Lessons I’ve Learned About Buying a Project Boat

Over the past several years we’ve purchased, restored and sold several project boats.  I should add that, for our purposes, we’re referring to project boats that are easily trailerable (read: less than 30 feet long) power boats, typically with outboard motors. We’ve now flipped quite a few of these boats, that we’ve lovingly spent weekends…

2017: What’s Coming

Over the weekend, Don and I had a chance to sit down and really take a look at what we want to accomplish in 2017.  It was an amazing process – and I’m happy to welcome Don as he kicks off a new blog series here on fishing, and outboard boat motor repair. More exciting,…

Settlement Success: Settling an Unpaid Medical Bill

Recently, we discovered an unpaid medical bill (from a laboratory) from 2014 that had apparently been overlooked by Don.  He’s not great with administrative and paperwork-related tasks (sorry, honey!), so it was mid-2016 before a collections notice came to the house and I realized that this bill was more than 2 years overdue! Of course,…

Lessons in Gratitude

I consider myself a fairly grateful person.  I am well aware that I am blessed in many areas of my life, not least of which include: Health Finances (even while in debt!) Friendship Family Romance (hello – engaged to be married, remember?) However, that said, we’re in a phase right now where I frequently find…