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Personally, I think having a mortgage is a good form of debt for me personally because it allows me to fulfill some other dreams I have in life that aren't tied directly to money.

1 year, 11 months ago on Not All Debt is Bad

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Paying too much for any type of insurance.

1 year, 12 months ago on 13 Money Moves That Scare the Heck Out of Me

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I need to do this for my Roth IRA, I'm always scrambling to find $5k right before the end date.  Thanks for the reminder.

2 years ago on The Pay Yourself First Concept: Are You Applying It?

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Great post, Carrie!  Thanks for inspiring people to make more money and get out of debt faster!

2 years ago on Why Making More Money is Crucial to Getting Out of Debt

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Thanks for the weekend reading list!

2 years ago on Quick Money Tips: Smart Investing Tips to Secure Your Retirement

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Cut down on "extra" expenses.  Entertainment for example.

2 years, 1 month ago on The Effects of Inflation and How to Prepare for It

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I love skiing, so having an SUV is important to me.  The good thing is I don't use it as my main form of transportation (yeah city buses!) so therefore my insurance is lower and people give me cash to drive them up to the mountain.  Win / win!

2 years, 1 month ago on Buying a Gas Guzzler Can Save You Money

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It's amazing what a well documented complaint can get you with the airline companies.  Would be interested to see what their payout is for dissatisfied companies.

2 years, 1 month ago on The Key To Earning Free Travel With Your Credit Card

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It's a great place to go costume shopping too!

2 years, 1 month ago on Getting Thrifty with Shopping

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Chris Guillebeau has a great program called Travel Hacking.  Check it out: http://travelhacking.org/

2 years, 1 month ago on How to Find the Best Luxury Travel Deals

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I would invest in some home improvement projects too :)

2 years, 1 month ago on 5 Financial Moves to Make Immediately After You Get a New Job

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Nope.  I've only had used cars.

2 years, 2 months ago on Running the Gauntlet that is the New Car Dealership

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I live right by OHSU a huge teaching hospital, so all my friends who are nurses have a hard time finding jobs since everyone moves to Portland, falls in love with it and wants to stay.

2 years, 2 months ago on Looking for Job Security? Here Are the 5 Best Degrees to Get

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 @GlenCraig You'll just have to come back and visit again real soon!

2 years, 2 months ago on Financial Bloggers Meetup in Portland

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Thanks for letting us host a FinCon meet up!  Can't wait to see everyone next week in Denver!

2 years, 2 months ago on Financial Bloggers Meetup in Portland

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I have dental insurance through my company.  Definitely worth it since I go twice a year.

2 years, 2 months ago on Ouch! My Uninsured Trip to the Dentist

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According to LIMRA, “Three in ten American households (35 million) are uninsured and half say they need more life insurance.”

 

YIKES!

2 years, 2 months ago on How to Find the Best Term Life Insurance

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My mom owns a rental property and I manage it for her.  We went through the city to get some free information, screenings, forms, etc.  Super helpful when you start the processes.  I think a 12 month lease minimum is a must, plus no smoking and pets, definitely helps narrow it down.

2 years, 2 months ago on Find a Tenant: Credit Check and Screening

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Congrats.  I don't own a TV, but I've been thinking about getting a projector for my basement to watch movies through my laptop and TV via the internet.  Thanks for the tips if I ever go the TV route.

2 years, 3 months ago on How to Buy a Flat Screen TV

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 @Philip Taylor Learn something new everyday.  I need to try this one!

2 years, 3 months ago on The Cost of My Trip to Portland, Oregon

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What are the chances you had McMenamins' Ruby (I don't think they have a Purple Haze...)

2 years, 3 months ago on The Cost of My Trip to Portland, Oregon

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I believe if you show respect for the rental property and choose responsible tenants, you will naturally have people that will take good care of your property.  Which over the course of the rental will save you money in time and repairs.

2 years, 3 months ago on Rental Repairs: Fixing Up My Rental Property

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Okay, I'm not a full time financial blogger but I did manage to buy my first home and truly appreciated all the research, insights and comments this community has shared throughout the year to make me feel confident in my purchase.  Thanks guys and gals!

2 years, 3 months ago on Share Your Milestones and Stories

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Woot!  Voting now, slightly biased though ;)

2 years, 3 months ago on Vote on Your Ignite FinCon Speakers!

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Thanks for letting me play tour guide this weekend.  Glad you had a blast at WDS and in PDX!  Can't wait to see you and the crew at FINCON!

2 years, 3 months ago on Financial Bloggers Dominate #WDS2012 (Portland)

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Thanks for the weekend reading list!

2 years, 4 months ago on Quick Money Tips: Living Below Your Means

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Yikes!  I don't think I would mention it until I had an offer (or some other exciting plan) locked down.

2 years, 4 months ago on Should You Tell Your Boss That You Are Looking for a New Job?

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 @Carrie Smith Can't wait to see you again!  Glad you liked the tshirt!

2 years, 4 months ago on Adaptu: Our Experience as a Sponsor at #FinCon11

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 @livewellsimply Maybe you can make it for FINCON13?

2 years, 4 months ago on Adaptu: Our Experience as a Sponsor at #FinCon11

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 @DenverEric I hope there will be more dancing this year.

2 years, 4 months ago on Adaptu: Our Experience as a Sponsor at #FinCon11

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Thanks again, Phil for letting us be a sponsor last year.  And again this year!  Can't wait to see everyone in Denver!

2 years, 4 months ago on Adaptu: Our Experience as a Sponsor at #FinCon11

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Congrats!  Love the wedding topper - so creative.

2 years, 5 months ago on What a $25,000 Wedding Budget Looks Like

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I hope you keep us posted on how this investment goes.

2 years, 5 months ago on First Time Investor Tips for Buying Facebook Stock

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What a great list of resources!  Thanks for sharing.

2 years, 6 months ago on 10 Alternative Online Job Search Sites

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That is so exciting!  Congrats!

2 years, 6 months ago on We Received Our New Home Mortgage Pre-Approval Letter

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 @Philip Taylor / I'd like to think I have some self control.

2 years, 7 months ago on How to Win the Lottery – Guaranteed 10 Times Out of 10

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What about the fact that most lottery winners are bankrupt a couple of years after they win?  Doesn't seem worth it to me.

2 years, 7 months ago on How to Win the Lottery – Guaranteed 10 Times Out of 10

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I'm a big fan of the loose change savings account.

2 years, 7 months ago on 7 Ways to Kick-Start the Saving Habit and Start Saving Money Today

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House sitting is another great way to make money.  Plus, you can pretend your on vacation / staying in a hotel.

2 years, 7 months ago on 20 Unique Business Ideas That You Can Start Today

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Minus a medical emergency in Greece, I've always paid my credit card off in full at the end of each month.  Going into debt is scary to me and not something I want to get into the habit of.

2 years, 7 months ago on Credit Card Balance: Make Payments or Pay in Full?

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Love this:

"For buyers: Interest rates are at the lowest point in 60 years. If you buy a home or an investment property, buy for the long term. 10 years from now, you’ll likely be happy that you did."

 

Definitely gives me hope that 2012 will be a good year to be a first time homebuyer!

2 years, 7 months ago on Current Real Estate Market Trends, Analysis, and Forecast for 2012

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Have you seen Sean's Location Rebel white paper about working remotely?  Definitely check it out: http://www.locationrebel.com/

2 years, 8 months ago on Dropbox and My Paperless Office Solutions

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I love using Foursquare to find deals.  Between the "Specials" and the American Express $5 off - it's pretty easy to eat cheap.

2 years, 8 months ago on Save on Dining: Eat Out and Spend Less

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I really wish there was some sort of HSA calculator I could use to estimate how much I would need to save each year.

2 years, 8 months ago on Don’t Forget to Max Out Your Health Savings Account: Annual HSA Contribution Limits

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I don't hang out at fast food resturants often enough to witness this.  But it does remind me of the AmPm Big Gulps from my childhood...

2 years, 8 months ago on Advanced Money-Saving Tactics to Get Free Food

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Hoping to invest in some nice powder skis!

2 years, 8 months ago on What Are You Doing with Your Tax Refund?

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Interesting point of view. Not sure I'll ever really get into gambling or playing the lottery. Fun to imagine though.

2 years, 8 months ago on Is It Foolish To Play The Lottery?

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My mom used to write our Valentine's out on huge poster board using candy bars as adjectives. Pretty awesome idea.

2 years, 8 months ago on 30 Ridiculously Cheap (and Creative) Valentine’s Day Ideas

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