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

“Behind every 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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Watching Your Dad Go Through Bankruptcy

On March 6, 2008, I received a call from my mom and dad that no one wants to receive. Charlie: “Hello” Mom and Dad: “Charlie, it’s mom and dad.” (mom’s got the phone, and I can tell something’s wrong) Charlie: “What’s wrong? What happened? Did Grandpa die?” (more silence on the far end). Mom: (mom …

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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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Fun and Free Things You Can Do on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. It hasn’t been overly-commercialized like Christmas – and remains focused on togetherness and gratefulness. Like many holidays though, it can come with a little bit of stress. Especially if you are gathering with family or friends you don’t see a lot. There can be awkward moments and family drama. Oftentimes, …

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Should Parents Affect Their Kids Perception of Money?

When I was in 4th grade my parents scared the living daylights out of me. I was crying/complaining on the way home from not getting a toy at the store, and my mom slams on the car breaks. Immediately she burst into tears, and says, “Charlie! We can’t afford the toy! The farm isn’t doing …

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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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