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Congrats on the giveaway! The cats are really cute. Did they "know" each other before? I hope the whole family gets along great.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
Congratulations on the new job, that is exciting! I haven't watched one game, my village is watching in the street as the local shop put a TV but has no space inside, everyone is out cheering, which is funny as their team didn't make it to the world cup.
2 months, 1 week ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
I'd say I have 10 or so, but really use 3, and flip flops 80% of the time. I like classic looks that go with everything and will last long so don't mind spending a little more since it is so few of them.
4 months ago on How Many Shoes Does One Girl Need? No, Really…
I find the little retirement calculators awesome to motivate you to save for retirement as soon as possible. Even small sums make a big difference if you start young.
4 months ago on When Do I Start Saving for Retirement?
I made a plan to leave work at 40 and with extra work/income made it out by 29. It was pretty much the same as yourself except I was only staying at my job for the money. With a high saving rate, FI can come in a decade or less, then you are free to keep working or not.
If you read fifighter, the plan to build a property portfolio is not that crazy, with strong research and numbers to back it up.
4 months, 1 week ago on How I Plan on Fast-Tracking Financial Independence
@DC @ Young Adult Money @RFIndependence I mean if you have to look for and bid for tweets that may not accept you anyway. What is your success rate on bids? I haven't used izea.
5 months, 1 week ago on How Ordinary People Can Make Money on Social Media
I did a few sponsored tweets, while it looks good it is a lot of time for a few $
You make your own luck. Most "unlucky" people are sitting around complaining. While a few events in life can be pure luck, most luck comes from hard work.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Is There Such a Thing As Luck When It Comes to Finance?
Thanks for the mention, and well done on your goals! Starting a second site is a great idea.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup – Goals Edition
99% of posts are poor quality with a crappy link, they are pretty obvious to spot and a real bother for loyal readers so if you accept them you have to make sure you know what you trade them for.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on The Dirty Little Secret of How People Make Money Blogging
With second hand and limiting the clothes, you don't need a full closet for just a few months, so it doesn't have to be so expensive. I wouldn't be comfortable with less than a year of expected baby expenses I think.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on How Much Money Should You Save Before You Have a Baby?
That looks much better than the bare legs. I just made real curtains which was pretty easy since I found some wood looking rings you just have to cut a hole in the fabric and press to install. I made the mistake of not thinking about the holes should go and had to go buy some more rings for the corners but it doesn't look too bad either!
5 months, 4 weeks ago on My Little Bathroom DIY
I just got a car in Miami! Wanted a Toyota but they were expensive so I got a Huyndai Tucson. It was at an auction so pretty fun too.
6 months, 1 week ago on 5 Steps to a Getting a New Car
I wouldn't, except to my sister because I know she would pay back. Other members I don't care if they would or not but you still have to see them around, whereas if you lend money to a friend and he doesn't pay, like Isabel Allende said "it was money well spent if you never see them again".
6 months, 1 week ago on Should You Ever Loan Money to Family?
Lending money to friends is tough. You have to do it like you guys and expect the money to never come back. I would only do it for a handful of people, and family.
6 months, 1 week ago on 10 Money Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid
I worked a ton of jobs in college so I learned that money was hard to earn, and not to be picky with jobs. I also learned that if you are ready to work, there is always a minimum wage job waiting for you. As a result I am not too worried about finances as I know I can always get a job.
6 months, 1 week ago on Utilizing Your Undergraduate Years at College – Did You?
I love the relaxed pace, but for me the hardest part is getting organized and getting things done without someone telling me what to do and when.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on How Life Has Changed Since Becoming Self Employed
I am on my way to Orlando to buy a car :). Going with a dealer friend at dealer auctions so prices could be good. I want reliable brands and well known models so it is easy to find parts anywhere. A cheap price for a brand nobody knows how to fix means problem.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Three things to consider when shopping for your next vehicle
I'd like a dog but I need a puppy as I think an adult dog would "play" with my chickens and kill them. Getting them neutered is free in Guatemala as several charities want to reduce the number of street dogs.
7 months ago on Start Up Costs for Owning a Dog
I had never heard women fared better with investing but for the reasons you mentionned that makes sense. I do quite a bit of research, although I almost never listen to anyone, or at least I am hard to convince and always feel like I am the one making the decision in the end.
7 months, 1 week ago on Why Investing Women Rock and You Can Too
I think when people make decisions to save or diet in the new year they want to lose weight or have a big amount saved early. While that plan is great it can get depressing after a few weeks. And the reverse you suggest is good, but like starving, it can be too drastic for beginners to then keep with it. Still it is a good way to get started.
7 months, 1 week ago on A Better Way to Do the 52-Week Money Challenge
We have a cold wave too, which means 60 degrees and everyone is wearing several sweaters and layers. It is pretty funny but when temperatures are generally in the 90s you do get cold when it is 60. Thanks for the mention!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
Nice list! I just applied for a higher interest savings account as my rate was pretty low, it takes a minute online so it's worth it.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on 15 Ways to Improve your Finances in the New Year – Part 1
You are really brave! There is no way I would do it. Our lake is in the high 70s this time of year and it already feels chilly... Congratulations on doing it, and wanting to do it AGAIN.
8 months ago on My New Year’s Tradition
That is neat! I use the editorial calendar plugin in WP at the moment, I like that you can just move the post and it will reschedule automatically for that day.
8 months ago on Free 2014 Editorial Calendar Download for Bloggers
I want to keep running three times a week like I did last year. It was a bit of a setback after traveling messed up with my routine, but getting back on the horse is easier when you don't blame yourself and give up altogether.
8 months, 1 week ago on How to Set Realistic Goals for the New Year
That is pretty cool for such a low spending requirement. We are going to Belize for year end but not on free miles unfortunately...
8 months, 2 weeks ago on How I am getting a free $400 for travel in the New Year
I just bought a new one but kind of hate it and win8 is a pain too... I think I'll sell it and switch to ultrabooks, the super slim ones with solid state hard drives and 8 hour battery life.
I has an old netbook which was awesome, and bought it a new battery to last another 2 years, sometimes a small replacement or upgrade of RAM will give the laptop extra life.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on My Laptop is Now Six Years Old
At the moment I have had to fix the heater and some minor updates in the bathroom for my rental. I read you should budget about 1% of the cost of your home, thankfully I am still under that figure so far.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Big Home Projects you Should Budget For
I am going after potential buyers more aggressively. So new website, social media and online reach are the first points I will tackle in the new year.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Three Ways to Take Your Business to the Next Level in the New Year
I started with a double major but dropped it so I could work while in college, which in turn got me out of college debt free. Now that I don't use my degree much, I wouldn't go back to school but try to keep learning outside of it.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on I Was A Triple-Major in College and Where it Got Me
triple commute time, when it is dark and cold, sounds like hell. What time does the sun rise? In Europe it is getting clear around 8am this time of year, I find it so hard to wake up when it is still dark...
8 months, 3 weeks ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup – Let it Snow Edition
I was mostly motivated by the online calculators saying how much $100 saved would be worth in 45 years. Any $100 was a step toward freedom.
9 months ago on 3 Things That Motivate Me To Work Hard In My 20s
I am going to Miami in January so would spend it all over there :)
9 months ago on $400 Christmas Gift Card Giveaway – 5 Chances to Win!
Thanks for the mention, enjoy the long weekend! How is the snow situation?
9 months ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup – Welcome to the Holiday Season Edition
Happy Thanksgiving! We killed a hen for the occasion, the turkey is too nice to kill!
9 months ago on Happy Thanksgiving!
I’ve been looking at the baggage fees more lately, on normal US companies you have an 80lb allowance from Guatemala to Europe and it is worth paying extra if you bring a lot of things with you. They also cut you some slack on the carry on’s size.
9 months ago on Four Reasons Why I Love Southwest Airlines
I get bored after 6 months haha. My last job I got three raises over the first year for a total of 35% so I stuck to it for another year, then got too bored and it was harder to get big raises so I left.
9 months, 1 week ago on Should You Switch Jobs Every Two Years?
8pm on Thursday, will people ditch the family to log in and shop? that sounds crazy. Enjoy the game!
9 months, 1 week ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
The less distractions the better. I run everything from my computer but if I was stretched for time, I would probably have two computers, one for work with no social media or movies or anything on it, and one for fun. It is too easy to switch to something more fun otherwise.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on How to set up a functional and comfortable Home Office
I use a mix of kerosene and vegetable oil to give a new shine to furniture. With gas prices so high it isn’t really cheap but it works better than most products and the smell goes away quickly.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on 3 Easy Projects To Get Your DIY Juices Flowing
We go… to the beach! Doesn’t feel much like Christmas under the sun, except a few days before, I prefer that rather than the crazy frenzy two months before.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 Frugal Ways to Celebrate the Holidays
In France you get 10 hours per year worked that you can dedicate to any personal training. A friend is learning Portuguese, another one upholstery, and their company is paying for it.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on So Your College Degree Doesn’t Match What You Want To Do Anymore…
Thank you for the mention. You get winter really soon. I was in Seattle once in June and it was still really cold, with snow in the mountains, I thought I would have a really hard time with such little sun.
My way to deal with being overwhelmed: avoidance. lol. not good at all but you are not superman so tackle one thing and keep moving, before you know it, you'll be done.
10 months ago on The Weekly Quick Hits Roundup
We do most things from scratch and the products in Guatemala are prime quality. Now when I go back to Europe I almost never eat meat, is is overpriced and pretty bad taste-wise.
10 months ago on How Eating Healthy Can Reduce Your Grocery Bill and Save You Money
If you work for yourself there are also a lot of deductions, from your internet plan to part of your mortgage or rent if you use your house as your office. Savings can be big.
10 months, 1 week ago on 5 Benefits of Working from Home
Sorry you'll miss the bubbly haha! have a safe trip home. Thanks for the reminder I may have to do that if I need to move all my stuff back someday. Don't forget to rack up some miles! I am sure just with that flight you get a nice national flight or something.
10 months, 1 week ago on Why I’m Flying First Class Tomorrow
I have a 16 year old brother so I take him out once in a while and always cringe at the cost of the brand clothing he wants or places he wants to go to. When I was a teen I was always out with my parents, plus the private school and the extra curricular activities and yes, the braces, it must have cost them a fortune!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on The Day I Realized I Was Expensive
nice, can't wait to win haha :)
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Giveaway: $200 in Discover Gift Cards
that is huge, and I get people's party mood once the hard working part is over but your plan is great, bear with it a bit longer and you'll have a head start with your finances.
11 months ago on My Plan for Tackling 300k of Student Loan Debt