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Dig Through Your Media Collection (179/365)

As we were getting ready for our last move, Sarah and I boxed up most of our DVD collection. It fit pretty nicely into a few moving boxes, so we loaded it on the truck and left. Because we were so busy with the move (and dealing with the arrival of a new baby a little over a month later), we didn’t pop open those boxes for quite a while. […]

Reader Mailbag: Audio and Distractions

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Student loan struggles 2. Highlights of South Dakota 3. Air conditioning debate 4. Is internet stuff “free”? 5. Loan options 6. Starting online businesses 7. Tithing question 8. Multiple credit cards 9. Improving memory 10. […]

Start a Natural Collection (178/365)

When we were recently vacationing in South Dakota and Wyoming, Sarah and I spent a lot of time looking at rocks. We would walk along trails and stop along the roadside just to look for interesting rocks. We found a few with deep red hues and we also picked up a gorgeous piece of rose quartz. (Don’t worry, we didn’t pick up any rocks in state or national parks or other restricted areas. […]

See What Your Local College or University Has to Offer (177/365)

One of my favorite things about college was the public lectures and presentations by interesting people. During my years, I heard fascinating talks from scientists and politicians and entrepreneurs. The university would hold these on a central building on campus and just throw open the doors for everyone. You didn’t have to be a student or faculty member to attend these lectures. […]

Using Group Travel to Save Money

Last week, I traveled with my wife, my children, and my parents to South Dakota and Wyoming for several days. […]

Have a Money-Free Weekend (176/365)

I used to truly relish the weekends in my life. I would get off work at 4:30 or so on a Friday afternoon and just be gleeful that I had all of those hours between then and 7:30 on Monday to do whatever I wanted. My job was often stressful, so those hours became a real respite from the stress. […]

Reader Mailbag: Music You Once Loved

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Heading toward self-sustaining finances 2. Overwhelmed by home buying 3. Board games with story 4. Keeping cash on hand 5. Personal GPS? 6. Infinite Summer 7. CFL dangers? 8. Bank envelope with cash 9. […]

Check Out the Library – Not Just for Books (175/365)

The public library is my single favorite “free” resource in my community. In fact, I value it so much that I actually posted a visual tour of the local library I use the most on this site a few years ago. (It’s worth noting that libraries aren’t truly free. […]

How Much Are Family-Friendly Benefits Worth?

If your employer came to you and said, “In exchange for a 20% pay cut, you can work from home,” would you do it? If your employer suggested that, for an 18% cut in pay, you only had to be in the office one day a week and could work your other 32 hours a week at your convenience, would you do it? If your employer said that you could have six weeks of vacation a year, no questions asked, in exchange […]