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3 Ways to Save on Family Fun This Summer

This post is brought to you by one of my partners.  Summer is here and it's time for some fun! But having fun this summer doesn't have to mean spending a lot of money. In past years, I have agonized over activities I could (or couldn't) do with my kids because everything cost money. This year, I vowed to find ways to save money and still have fun. Now I'm happy to share them with you. Dollar Store Fun I've read a number of articles that focus around how parents can have fun with … Read More...

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Regrouping

Oh man I said it before and I'll say it again: June has been a doozy of a month both professional and personally (which has both its good and bad aspects). On a growth level, this month has taught me to try and have more patience and "let more things go," and to push past my comfort level and try new things. Some things have gone well, some…not so much. Its also forced me to focus more on time management, and I'm learning new things through a free course I'm taking at Coursera called, Work … Read More...

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Long Distance Property: Advice for the Overseas Investor

It is estimated that over two million foreign investors now own a UK property and in a global marketplace, that figure is expect to rise even further. If you are an overseas investor who is looking for a suitable property to acquire, you will soon discover that there are investment and maybe even taxation advantages to buying a property in a foreign land, but there are also logistical issues which you need to be aware of. When you use a search criteria like … Read More...

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2015 Goals: Six Month Check Up

This year is flying by, and I was reminded by DC from Young Adult Money that it's almost half over. He just did his six month check up of his 2015 goals, which reminded me I need to check in with mine, and adjust anything that is not working or has changed. Here goes: Financial: Continue living on as tight of a budget as I can manage (even if work really takes off). My order of savings will be: Fully funding my emergency fund first (15k), next max out my Roth IRA, then if that happens, split … Read More...

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Reinventing Your Life: Investing in Property Overseas

Want to upgrade your life? Try owning property overseas. Too much of a hassle? Think again. Here’s how to do it without creating a headache for yourself. Take a Vacation and Make Friends With A Local Real Estate Agent The first step is to take a vacation and make friends with a local real estate agent. Seriously. You want to know what you’re getting into and the best way to do that is to actually visit the place where you want to buy property. Actually, this is really the only way to … Read More...

The Ebbs & Flows of My Financial Life

This past weekend I road-tripped solo to St. George, Utah to hang out and interview my friend Austin about his Air BnB business, for Real Money Stories. Austin was kind enough to get us tickets to opening night of When You Wish at Tuacahn, this incredible outdoor amphitheater built into a canyon. Not only did they use the stage to perform, but used the canyon behind it, and at one point had horses running across the stage, and even flooded it with water for one particular scene. During … Read More...

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One Simple Move To Make You Happier

There was a time in my life where if I was going through something challenging, especially if it was work or financially related, that I knew I could never call my Dad for a pep talk, because what I would get would be the exact opposite. For example: Dad: So how is work going? Me: Well honestly, not so great at the moment. Things have slowed down because (insert reason), and yeah I'm just kind of hustling my butt off to find work. Dad: Well, I was just watching on Dateline last night … Read More...