Subscriptions Can Really Suck… Your Money

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If you haven’t noticed, the market has responded even more to the payment mentality.  I’m not just talking about the classic “fruit of the month” club, but also everything from razors to HBO are now available for one easy low monthly payment.  This can be an easy and affordable way to get just as much as you need, but it can also be a huge area for impulse spending.  How can we keep ourselves from drowning in a pile of payments?

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This Christmas Get Tangled Up With Experiences Not Stuff

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As much as you and I may hate to admit it, Christmas is less than 2 months away!  This year my wife and I discussed that we have enough STUFF.  Our girls don’t need clothes, toys, or games.  We’ve resolved to instead focus on creating experiences that breed lasting memories.  November is the prime month that people do their Christmas shopping so I thought I’d interject here with some reflections.  It’s easy to get tangled up with temporal stuff to buy instead of focusing on lasting experiences so below I share some tips for staying focused and making the gifts you give this Christmas ones focused on memories rather than subconsciously focused on materialism.

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How To Protect Your Electronic Investments

protect electronicsThere’s nothing worse than getting a nice shiny new gadget only to have it be scratched up or even inoperable in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.  Not only is that a bummer it’s also not a wise use of your money!  Today I’m going to talk briefly about 3 simple products you can use to protect your electronic investments that we so often depend on these days.

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How I Went To Six Flags For $10 A Day & Will Eat FREE in 2016

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If you haven’t been paying attention, for the Edmonds family this has been the summer of Six Flags.  Back in June I shared how I scored a screaming deal on passes, then in August I talked about how I successfully took a 5-year-old and didn’t lose my mind, and most recently I discussed some valuable lessons I learned from my visits thus far.  Now it’s time to wrap up my summer series by showing you how I am going to eat at Six Flags completely free next year and how I visited the park plus an additional park for only $10 each time!

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What Is Your Variety Vice?

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Sometimes your biggest vice can actually be variety itself.  If you’re like me the biggest enemy of your wallet can be your wide taste.  I’m the kind of person who likes to try one of everything to see if I like it.  However, I end up liking most of them and so when it’s grocery time I buy too many things.  Do you ever have this problem or am I the crazy one?  Here are some tips I’ve learned to help control my variety vice.

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How To Operate A Vehicle For 3.5 Cents A Mile

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In a couple weeks my first and only car, a 2002 Honda Civic EX, will turn 14 years old.  That’s right… I’ll own a teenager.  My how they grow up so fast.  Today I’m going to share with you how I’ve managed to operate this car for only 3.5¢ a mile and how you can do it for even less!

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How I Paid As Little As $15 For My iPhone 6s

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Two years ago I published a post that got a lot of attention.  I shared how I paid only $37 for my brand new iPhone 5s.  The most common responses I got were “What?!? HOW?!?!” and “Are you kidding?”.  The truth is with a bit of planning and wisdom you can see similar results.  The market has changed a lot in the past two years so this time around it was a bit a different.  So I encourage you to read this now and then preorder your iPhone 6s!  It releases in 4 days!!

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What’s Your Why?

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In our busy lives it’s very easy to get swept away and lose track of what’s most important to us.  Maybe you’ve never stopped and even set goals, but if you have and have skipped this step or you are about to set goals is time to discover your WHY.  Goals must be informed by your why, and that why behind them is what will really keep you going in the long haul.

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Happy Labor Day

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7 Lessons I’ve Learned This Summer At Six Flags

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It’s been 3 months since we bought our season passes and we’ve been to the park 5 times so far either as a complete family or just me and my oldest.  The plan is to go 3 more times before the season is over but anything can change, especially weather which can wash you out at any time!

Even though I’m a theme park veteran (see my first post on this) I’ve still learned some tough lessons this time around.  My pain is your gain so I hope you take notes!

 

1. Pimp Your Map

As I entered the water park for the first time I realized that I didn’t need the whole map but I also had no clue where I was going.  I had brought a Ziploc One-Zip freezer bag to protect my phone so I opened the map, ripped out the waterpark sections and voila… waterproof map!

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I stuck this sucker in my swimsuit pocket and it never got lost despite multiple dunks in pools and water slides.  As you can see, just a tiny bit of water got in at one point but it really didn’t ruin it!  I did this on two more occasions and neither time any water got in at all!

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