Tagged family

3 Types of Hobbies

According to Wikipedia (just to flaunt my credibility from the start), a hobby is an “activity, interest, enthusiasm, or amateur pastime that is undertaken for pleasure or relaxation, typically done in one’s leisure time.”  I like how the definition implies that the activity is life-giving. Along with the definition, the site provides over 250 ideas …

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Five Things Every Kid Should Know Before Leaving Home

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go up to Minneapolis and meet up with my fellow blogging peeps, Aaron and Laurie (from TheFrugalFarmer.net). While in Minneapolis I stopped by the Mall of Consumerism. Whoops. Sorry. I meant to say Mall of America. Must have been a Freudian slip! :) While at the mall …

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How to Keep Visiting Family From Busting Your Food Budget

If your house is like mine you have family visit and it looks like a barren, tornado-ravaged wasteland all rolled in to one. I love my family, I really do, but when they come to town it always feels like they eat us out of house and home. Instead of the normal and somewhat frugal …

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4 Ways You Can Invest in Family Night

I love spending time with my son. He’s only 16 months old, so for now, I don’t have to do too much to keep him entertained. We tickle each other, play hide and seek, chase each other, and read books when we’re too tired to run around. When he gets older, I know he’ll need …

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Should You Discuss Your Salary With Coworkers, Friends, and Family?

Growing up, I had a wise old man (John) that I golfed with, that would frequently give me small bits of wisdom in random conversations throughout our 18 holes. One day he sat down with my friend and I, after a long round, and said, “Charlie and Nick…two things you never discuss with people. #1 Religion and #2 …

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5 Tips for Saving Money As a Stay at Home Mom

If you are a family that is choosing to have your wife stay at home in order to care for your house and/or your children, often it feels like you may have made the wrong decision.  Shouldn’t “the lady of the house” be working and bringing in income as well?  After all, that’s what many …

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5 Tips for Borrowing Money From Family

When I began my first out-of-debt journey, I was blessed to have two family members offer to lend me money to help pay off my bills. It helped me in many different ways – but most notably, it provided an emotional lift that I needed at the time. Borrowing money from family is not a …

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7 Potential Ways to Save Money as a Stay-at-home Mom

“Behind ever good man is a better woman.” That is a saying I firmly believe after being married to my wife for 11 years now. After our first child was born in 2004 my wife and I decided to have my wife be a stay-at-home mom from that point on (or at least for one year). One …

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How to Make a Lego Table – with Storage Containers

Earlier this year my wife came to me with a picture, and said, “Build me one of these, please!” It was a picture of a Lego table with storage containers. It had some flat Lego base plates glued to a board with storage containers underneath. I thought….hmm…this table looks easy enough, I’m a man! I can tackle this small …

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