Change of Plans

Well, we were all excited to have finished our full emergency fund and have money socked away for an iPad 2, an iPhone 4, and vacations this year.  And then my car decided it was old enough and wanted to retire.  Mind you, this was an event we were planning for … next year. So,…

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Made of Awesome: Debt-Free Dinner

Not only is Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover Made of Awesome™, but our dinner out at what my niece calls “Chop-Chop, Flip-Flip” is ALSO Made of Awesome™. How can you beat a grill set on fire? Or a flaming onion volcano? Or hibachi veggies that look like this? Oh, heck, fried rice itself is pretty…

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On Notice! (Or: A Duck on Crutches)

Many times, I’ve written about our family being on the Total Money Makeover plan. It’s been a way of life for us, and though it was a big change, it was one that was quite necessary. Back in December of 2007, I was not particularly good about sharing our financial crunch with Travel Man, but…

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Curriculum, Curricula…

For a the last couple of years, I’ve been schooling the girls without a set curriculum.  I’ve written lesson plans, gathered books, used the library, even purchased Maureen Wittmann’s phenomenal book that helps peg excellent books for your unit studies.  I started this journey because I was using Seton (a fine institution!), and Big Girl…

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Spend less by paying cash

Soccer Mom has been telling you about our “Gazelle Intensity” (check out the “Starve Your Cheetah” link over on the right side of this blog). Here is a video that ordinary people can get by without credit cards and have more money left at the end of the month. (Sorry, I don’t think I can…

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Bye Bye Pope Up Tramper!

It’s been fun having a pop-up, but we haven’t really used it, and since we are busy being Gazelles, we’re selling our “pope-up tramper.” Here’s hoping it goes quickly. We priced it for a quick sale, and though it needs a couple of minor repairs, it’s listed for about half it’s retail value. Being a…

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Four Days Off, Four Days On

I took a four-day weekend to celebrate Little Girl’s birthday (party on Friday the Fourth, actual birthday yesterday).  However, I’m still supposed to work, you know.  Here’s what the rest of my week looks like: Tuesday: 9:30 to 11:30: work 1:30 to 2:30: work 4:00 to 4:40: Little Girl gets her hair cut 5:15 to…

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Domestic Bliss

Life is happy here at the Soccer Family house.  Little Girl is not so little any more.  She’ll be SEVEN on July 7.  SEVEN!  How did that happen?  WHEN did it happen? Anyway, we’ve cooked up a birthday surprise for her that will have her celebrating for the rest of the summer. Big Girl is…

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