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$250k to Raise a Kid? I Don’t Think So!

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If you Google, “How much does it cost to raise a kid?”, you’ll get estimates ranging from $245,000 all the way up to $455,000 for the high cost-of-living areas. In this world of selfishness and greed where people are already turned off from having children (because it would force them to think about and care for someone other than themselves), numbers like these will only solidify their decision to stay selfish and . . . → Read More: $250k to Raise a Kid? I Don’t Think So!

Awesome Articles and Gains on Goals #13

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Every week I read dozens of personal finance articles. Some of them are absolute crap, others are okay, but there are always a handful that impress me more than all the others. These articles are the ones that I like to share with you, my loyal readers.

Top 4 Personal Finance Articles From This Past Week

This past week I found four of those impressive articles. Have a look and enjoy, but don’t forget to read about the progress I’m making on my site below!

Make Money Blogging – by Retire by 40 – Have you ever thought about starting . . . → Read More: Awesome Articles and Gains on Goals #13

10.5 Ways to Cope Without Cable

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I meet so many people that, after a few minutes of the typical meet and greet stuff, start talking about something that was on cable the previous night and then ask if I had seen it. I typically answer with, “No, I don’t really have TV” and their jaw drops as if I COULD NOT POSSIBLY LIVE WITHOUT CABLE! I feel utterly sorry for these people that sit inside their homes on sunny days and click through the hundreds of channels of crap, experience nothing worthwhile, and pay $100 a month to do it. They should not be dropping their . . . → Read More: 10.5 Ways to Cope Without Cable

Start Gardening to Save Money

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I teach a nutrition course at our local community college and one of my job perks is that I get to take classes for free. I have learned a lot over the past year with the free courses I’ve taken- CPR & First Aid, SEO basics, Google Analytics 101, basic electricity, plumbing, and the most recent class I’ve taken: Intro to Homesteading. This class in particular got me fired up to practice a new habit that’s great for both my health and wealth: Gardening!

Start Gardening to Save Money

Gardening can be intimidating if you don’t know where to start.

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5 Idiotic Money Mistakes From My 20′s

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It sort of pains me to say that I’ll be turning 30 years old in May. It’s really hard to believe, but as I have been told by many that “time will only speed up.” So, I figured that instead of wallowing in my self-pity, I would attempt to be wise in my old(er) age and explore the blunders of my 20′s in an effort to avoid the same money mistakes in my 30′s. After much pondering and reminiscing, I have come up with five money mistakes that I have made in the past and absolutely NEVER want to make . . . → Read More: 5 Idiotic Money Mistakes From My 20′s

Smart Ways to Boost Your Income

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It’s easy to believe that we’ve already reached the peak of our earning potential but, in many cases, there’s still scope to boost your bank balance without having to make tough sacrifices. Most people have the potential to boost their incomes with a few smart adjustments or changes to their lifestyle. Whether it’s taking on a second job, upskilling, or selling something of value, here are some savvy ways to increase your earnings.

Learn a New Skill

If you are keen earn more in your current field think about learning a new skill that is in demand or becoming more . . . → Read More: Smart Ways to Boost Your Income

How I Increased My Blog Traffic by 79% in 12 Weeks

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Bloggers are always looking for the next secret to build their online community faster, stronger, and with less effort than before. They eyeball companies that promise to build their Twitter followers to record numbers, that can improve their quantity of inbound links, and some of them even attempt to build their content by manipulating a few words of someone else’s article and then calling it their own. Each one of these methods might work temporarily, but ultimately you’ll be found out and your blog will tumble along with all the others.

In late December of last year, I decided to . . . → Read More: How I Increased My Blog Traffic by 79% in 12 Weeks

Top 5 Business Ideas for the Budding Entrepreneur

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Are you a budding entrepreneur who is salivating at the idea of getting their hands dirty in a new business venture? Then the first thing you need to do to get started is to think about what you love to do and what you’re good at. Below are five business ideas for inspiration.

1. Telecommunications

If you’re a budding entrepreneur with a strong sales background, telecommunications could be the path for you. This is, however, a highly competitive industry, so the trick to get ahead is to partner with a company that already has established networks to get you started. . . . → Read More: Top 5 Business Ideas for the Budding Entrepreneur

Flipping My First House – 5 Weeks In

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My buddy Joshua purchased his flipper house 5 weeks ago for $28,150. The estimate for repairs was $37,200, and his plan was to clear $10,000 after a mere 8 weeks of work. Let’s see how he’s doing after week 5!

The First Week of the House Flip

On Day 1 we had a ton of demo to do. The crew consisted of 8 people, so there was no time to waste since I was paying them by the hour, and this home needed to be completely stripped down to the studs. Yours truly was in charge of removing the kitchen . . . → Read More: Flipping My First House – 5 Weeks In

Why Choosing the Right Phone Can Make Your Life Easy

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As technologies have advanced, the ways in which devices are used have increased and evolved as well. Phones used to just be a means of talking with one another, and have now evolved to a way of conducting all types of communication. I have had a few frustrating moments with my HTC One, and while it is still operational most of the time, I am really considering superior devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, to contribute more to my everyday tasks. Below are a few characteristics of quality smartphones that can make everyday tasks a breeze.

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