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…

3 Reasons You Should Be Using Digit for Automatic Savings

Okay, I admit I’ve seen people talking about Digit in the past.  It’s an app that claims to automatically analyze your spending patterns and painlessly (and sort of behind-your-back) transfer money to savings for you, when it thinks you won’t notice.  In other words, in theory at least, it looks at your checking account activity…

Progress is Made: Settling Credit Card Debt with USAA

Wow, this is scary stuff to publish online!  After all, who wants to air their dirty laundry, particularly when it comes to finances?  But, in order for us to achieve our goals, we need to take a good long look at reality, and make some forward progress. Toward that end, we started working with a…