Veteran’s Day

I was able to watch some of the History Channel’s “Vietnam in HD” special that first aired several years ago. It was a riveting documentary with amazing combat footage showing what the men (and women) faced during this long and difficult conflict. It had been the first time in modern warfare where battles were won …

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Ting Revisted – 3 Year Review

Reviewing is a key component to success. I constantly encourage my ninth grade Algebra students to review their work. Coaches are always reviewing game film to learn from the previous game. I would submit to you that reviewing financial decisions is an important aspect of living wisely in the area of finances. When I make …

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What Happened to Treats?

A couple times a month, my parents held a “popcorn party” night where my brother and I would get to watch a movie on the brand-new VHS player, eat homemade popcorn and indulge in our favorite beverage: RC Cola. I remember those nights fondly and was grateful for the times we got to “have fun” …

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Smart Home Technology: Does It Add Value to Your Real Estate?

We’re sure that you have heard horror stories from your parents about the time they went away on vacation and came home to find that their refrigerator had failed, or that a toilet had overflowed and covered the floor with two inches of water. To avoid these issues, we used to frantically try and find …

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One Is Better Than Two

Two is better than one, the writer of Ecclesiastes tells us. And he’s right. But the best advice my wife and I received as newlyweds in regards to marriage and money was the opposite – a budget based on one income is better than two. The guidance was simple: create a budget as if only …

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7 Common Missed Fees That You Need to Avoid

Thought we would republish this post from early 2013 as some of the information is still helpful and we’re always wanting to avoid those fees!  This past month, when I went to pay my mortgage, I noticed that they were charging me an extra $7.99 fee for paying my balance due. I thought this was …

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How to Easily (and Cheaply) Clean Your Soffit Vents

Last fall we got a notice from our homeowner association we needed to ensure our soffit vents were cleaned out before the first snow arrived. They relayed to us, blocked soffit vents are one of the leading causes of ice dams forming on the roof. Eek!  Here’s an article I wrote about how poor insulation …

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