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Rick did landscaping for a buddy who owned a landscaping biz years ago. Super hard work, but some valuable skills were learned. I remember bringing the guys pizza and pop once as they worked on a large job in 95 degree weather. Yuck. Felt so bad for them having to work in those conditions.
3 days, 22 hours ago on 5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Landscaping Business
Interesting!! I've never heard of this outfit before, but I like the concept. Thanks, DC!
1 week, 3 days ago on Side Hustle Idea: Delivering with Deliv
Hope you are feeling better, DC!!! Those sinus infections are horrible to deal with. I agree with what you said about valuing being able to do things too. When our oldest was born, it was tough: took me nearly a year and a half to get back to normal after some life-threatening complications. How desperately I longed during that time to be able to play with our daughter, do the dishes and vacuum the house.
1 week, 6 days ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
Hmm. interesting!! I'll have to check these guys out - thanks DC! It's nice reading a review from someone I trust and who knows the ins and outs of side hustling.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on How to Make Extra Money Using Qmee
We do most everything ourselves, but will likely be outsourcing more as the debt goes down. I'd love to pay someone to come and clean the house. :-)
3 weeks, 1 day ago on 7 Things You Can Outsource to Save Time
Happy anniversary, DC!! Gorgeous pic of the skyline! LOVE the weather we're having here this weekend! A trip to the apple orchards is on our list of fun stuff this weekend. Have an awesome one, DC!
3 weeks, 5 days ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
DC, this is awesome, and something that drives me to keep working hard to pay off our debt. I think lots about how, if we had managed our money well from the beginning, how Rick would have the option right now of not working, which would free up the time he needs to get things done on the farm here: something he would love to have as a "job". The reasons you mention above are what motivates us to continue to work harder to get out of debt and achieve wealth, and I can't wait to get there! Great post, my friend.
1 month ago on 5 Ways Rich People Have an Advantage in Life
I don't think you're being cheap either. Have you tried Craigslist though? One man's trash is another man's treasure. :-)
1 month, 1 week ago on Am I Being Frugal or Cheap?
I struggle with #4 and #3 too. I want to be so involved with the blogging world that I forget I've got a family here that needs me, and then it's vice versa. :-) Blogging is awesome, but it is a lot of work.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on 5 Things Every Blogger Struggles With
I'm not a big fan of public transportation, but that's easy for me to say, living in the boonies. I can see how it could be valuable to those living and working in the cities. My dad is absolutely loving the new light rail b/c he lives in the heart of St. Paul, and gets to ride for free to the VA because vets ride free. I think that's a sweet feature of the light rail and love that they're honoring our vets in that way.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Is Public Transit Worth the Hassle?
This is what I simply love about freelancing: I can do it anytime, anywhere. That truly is a dream job. Great post, DC!
1 month, 4 weeks ago on How to Make Money While on Vacation
That barn is SO gorgeous!!!!!! I'll bet it was a lovely wedding. We do the county fair here instead of the state fair. It's more our speed. :-) Have an awesome weekend, DC!
2 months ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
I really need to be entering more giveaways - you guy rock at this sort of income!
2 months ago on How to Make Money Entering Giveaways
We're big believers in keeping our income private too, for all of the reasons you mentioned above. Just too many cans of worms that can be opened up. :-)
2 months, 1 week ago on Should You Share Your Salary?
I used to watch lots of football and baseball, but now pretty much only watch on Superbowl Sunday. Too many other things vying for my time. :-) Have an awesome time at the bachelor party, DC!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
Spot on here, DC. In spite of our debt load, we are very lucky that we started saving for retirement early. It really can make the difference between financial success and financial failure.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Retirement for Millennials: Get Started!
I like to stick with the lower calculations, just for safety's sake. Then I won't be disappointed when it's higher. :-)
3 months ago on Is it Accurate to say the Stock Market Returns 10% on Average?
Huge congrats on the new members of your family!!! SO cute. We have a "Tucker" too. :-)
3 months, 1 week ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
Perfectly put, DC!!! I couldn't have said it better myself. With our huge debt load, we've temporarily slashed giving quite a bit, but still pray constantly as to when and where the Lord wants us to give. Often times too, we are able to give of our possessions (such as clothes the kids have outgrown) or our time (such as helping the needy in some way) which helps us to make sure we keep our focus on others even if it isn't as much monetarily. Great post!
3 months, 1 week ago on Should you Donate Money When you are in Debt?
Happy 4th of July, DC! Looking forward to hearing more about your new job/team. :-)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
Happy birthday, DC!! My bday is in a few days as well. :-) Very cool about Kirby visiting you in the hospital, and so glad you survived that dangerous asthma attack!!! My second born definitely needs time to be alone and recharge too, so I totally get that. Thanks for sharing, DC, and have a great day. :-)
3 months, 3 weeks ago on 20 Random Things about DC of Young Adult Money
Good tips, Cat!!! We'll have to keep this in mind for when we start furniture shopping. Our stuff is getting pretty old. :-)
4 months ago on How to Get High-End Furniture for Cheap
Wow, DC!!! I've never noticed this section before!!! We are in need of a new washer/dryer, so I'll definitely be checking this out: thank you!!!
4 months, 1 week ago on How to get free stuff on Craigslist
Isn't it funny how we change, Shannon? For Mother's Day, Rick bought me a 97 cent card and a package of Double Stuff Oreos (my very favorite). Knowing that he's totally on board with the new, frugal me, and that he put so much thought into getting me something that I'd love but didn't cost much, made this one of the best gifts he's ever given me. :-)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 Gifts That Will Tick Off Your Frugal Wife
Insurance claim: you saved LOTS more money than a grand there, DC. From what I'm told from various insurance agencies, no type of flooding is generally covered unless you have flood insurance AND the flood comes directly from a river or lake. Not sure if this is true, but it's an answer I'm getting all over as I research this stuff. You may have had to pay to repair/replace everything out of your own pocket. Great work, my friend!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on How Complaining Saved Me Thousands of Dollars
Shannon, wonderfully put!!! I love how you said you almost detest spending now. We are at that same place, and it's a great feeling, isn't it?? Also love what you said about your financial health being a marathon; it sure does make a difference when you're thinking long-term. :-)
4 months, 4 weeks ago on The Cure for Affluenza
Great points here, DC. The inconsistent pay is the one that bothers me the most, but I'll take it so I can work around homeschooling and being with the kids.
5 months ago on 5 Drawbacks of Freelancing and Consulting
Woohoo!!!!! SO, so, excited for you guys, DC! You're going to have a great time. :-)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
I am amazed at how easy it is to go to Vegas for cheap or free. I haven't been there in years, but would definitely use these tactics if going again.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on How to go to Vegas for Cheap – or even Free
Can't wait to hear the results of the contest!!! We have to do a retaining wall re-do soon too, and I love the idea of you putting a privacy fence up. There's something about that feeling of having your yard all to yourself. :-)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
Thanks for the mention, DC! Looking forward to hearing if you win the trip - you'll have to let us all know. :-)
6 months ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
LOVE this, David. This is our same plan. It's scary and risky at times, but better to take action to reach your goals than to sit and wish, right?
6 months ago on How I Plan on Fast-Tracking Financial Independence
Great post, DC. When I was younger, I always assumed that those with nice stuff had lots of money. Then I learned, through my banking and mortgage career that they often just had lots of debt. It's so easy to assume that those with nice houses, cars, etc., have boatloads of cash, and to be jealous and/or aspire to be like them. Now I truly understand the difference between the affluent and the wealthy. It's often two different things.
6 months, 1 week ago on When I Realized Ownership and Passive Income are Key to Wealth
Lindsey, LOVE this. And I have so been there, done that, and you're right : putting yourself first, in a taking care of yourself way, makes such a huge difference. It's like, all of a sudden money isn't the end all/be all. It doesn't have a hold over you anymore. Yay!!
6 months, 1 week ago on My biggest Aha! money moment: Live a good life
#1 and #4 are a high priority for us. We've gotten fairly good at organization, but are working hard to improve this year on write-offs. So far, it's going well! Great article, DC. :-)
6 months, 1 week ago on 4 Ways to be Better Prepared for Taxes Next Year
I completely agree, DC. There's no sense in paying cash when you can get rates this low. Congrats on the new purchase!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on 3 Reasons You Should Finance a Car Instead of Pay Cash
Can't underestimate the importance of this post, Sally!!! As I head toward 50, my definition of self-care is changing. High impact exercise like boot camp classes is being replaced with long, brisk walks, daily stretching, and a bit of resistance training. Going out and whooping it up with friends is being replaced by sitting in the living room with them, sharing a cup of hot tea. Caring for our physical and emotional selves is hugely important. Great post!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on The Importance of Self Care
Awesome tips, DC. Rick is really great about learning to DIY whenever he can. Forums and the Internet help SO much in this area, and we've saved thousands of dollars this way.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 Tips for Maintaining a Home on a Budget
You did an awesome job at saving cash for the babes, Cat! A very smart move on your part. We've never put away money, sadly, to save for something big, but we are now following the tips you listed above to kick tail on our debt, and it's working wonderfully. :-)
7 months ago on 3 Ways I Prepared My Finances for Twins
Great tips, DC! I've shied away from couponing just because we don't buy a ton of processed food or store bought cleaning supplies, etc. I really should research it more, though. I'll bet I could find some good deals if I looked hard enough.
7 months ago on 12 Tips for Beginner Couponers
Interesting, DC! I had no idea. There's just no shortage of learning over here at YAM. Thanks for that. :-)
7 months, 1 week ago on How Ordinary People Can Make Money on Social Media
Wow, DC, you guys are doing great on your goals!! Love that you have accumulated so many vacation bonus points; we are working on that too. Thanks so much for mentioning our article - we appreciate it!!! Have an awesome weekend. :-)
7 months, 1 week ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup – Goals Edition
Haha- love that pic, DC!! I agree with Travis' approach - sounds like a good, solid plan to me.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Dirty Little Secret of How People Make Money Blogging
Great tips, DC. One of my BFFs has an Escape and absolutely loves it. I would agree about checking around for financing too. When we bought our last car, we immediately thought we should go with our credit union, but had the finance gal at the dealership check around, just in case. She got us a rate that was a half a percent lower. It all adds up!
8 months ago on 5 Steps to a Getting a New Car
Sorry to hear about your cat - glad she is doing better, though. It's always scary when they get sick. We watched exactly ZERO Olympics. We're rebels that way. :-) Yes, we are SO sick of winter. The words "move down south" have come up in our conversations many, many times since November. Thanks for the mention, DC. We appreciate it! Have a great weekend. :-)
8 months ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
Very interesting, DC!! This is something we'll definitely use once we start investing. Thanks for sharing.:-)
8 months, 1 week ago on Stock Analysis Tool Using Google Spreadsheets [Free Download]
Great info here, DC. When I was in the mortgage sales biz, I was always amazed at what kind of houses people would pay 500-800k for in places like LA. That would be tough to swallow. We live in a fairly low cost county in MN, and I'd be fine with moving to a lower cost county or state too, if the situation was right.
8 months, 1 week ago on How Where You Live Impacts Your Bottom Line
Great tips here, DC. Rick and I are hoping to take at least one short family vacation this year, and will be using tips 1, 2, 3 and maybe 4 to make it cheap. :-)
8 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 Creative Ways to Pay for Travel
Interesting, KC! Can't wait to read the rest of the series! Thanks so much for sharing the step-by-step here - very encouraging!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on How I Became A Millionaire Yearly Update 2002
Both Rick and I are working this weekend too, DC. Fun stuff. :-( We haven't watched much of the Winter Olympics before. We'll have to check into that in the little bit of free time we have this weekend. Have a great weekend, DC. :-)
8 months, 2 weeks ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup