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The Perks of Community

Always support the head. Have the new diaper ready. Sleep is for wimps. It pays (literally) to live in close community with other people. These are all lessons I’ve learned in the past two weeks after the birth of our

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The Importance of Having Life Insurance

Note: this is from a post Charlie wrote a couple of years ago that has been updated and revised with new information. This past weekend our neighborhood had a pretty big tragedy. One of our neighbors was in an accident,

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The Best $50 I’ve Ever Spent

It was the spring of 2009 and I was feeling lonely. Just a year earlier, I had paid off the remaining balance on my student loan (becoming debt-free*), purchased my first home, was generally content at my full-time job and meeting

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Making a Thrifty Small Summer Vacation

When I was 14 years old my cousin took me on my first camping trip in lower Minnesota along the Des Moines River. It was an experience that changed my life significantly. During my first trip we got to roast

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