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Purple Sweatpants
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States
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From a personal standpoint, 2016 wasn’t a great year. My mother-in-law passed away in January, and my family and I had a string of medical appointments in February and March that racked up a TON of expenses. Not a great way to start the year. In fact, it was horrible. But in some sort of weird way that I can’t explain life moved on, and I discovered how resilient humans ...
Posted: Jan 03 2017 @ 7:41 AM
Can I ask you a favor? Could you please take 5-10 minutes to participate in a survey? My friend Maggie over at Northern Expenditure is doing a large-scale research project about money, and her goal is to get 500 responses by January 9. Take the Money Moose Survey Seriously, it’ll only take you 5-10 minutes, … Continue reading Money Moose Survey ...
Posted: Dec 22 2016 @ 10:33 AM
See that beauty above? That’s the ’96 Odyssey I used to own. When I bought it seven years ago we officially became a two-vehicle family. Until then, my wife and I shared one car, and it was absolutely beautiful. But with our three boys coming home we knew we needed to add another vehicle. However, now with the … Continue reading The Redonkulousness of Two Cars ...
Posted: Aug 02 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Over the past few months I’ve become super interested in city planning. I never realized how much thought goes into planning a city and how those thoughts and actions have a huge impact on the well-being of the people. I didn’t know that a poorly planned city will keep its citizens disconnected and stifle the … Continue reading Grilling Experiment ...
Posted: Jul 27 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Brent was everything I thought I wasn’t – cool, popular, funny, and athletic. And he didn’t have a name like Ernie that everyone made fun of. I really wanted to be just like Brent. Man, third grade was rough. It’s funny to think back on that story, but if I’m honest I still see a … Continue reading The Road Less Traveled ...
Posted: Jun 20 2016 @ 6:00 AM
We’re not even at the halfway point of the year, and I’m already giving up on my big hairy audacious goal of paying off my $12,415.82 HELOC. Perhaps “giving up” is being overdramatic. I think it would be more accurate to say that I’m refocusing. Let me explain. I threw this goal out there at … Continue reading Refocusing My Financial Goals ...
Posted: Jun 01 2016 @ 7:34 AM
Last month I embarked on a 30-day experiment created by Carl Richards to see how aware I am when I spend money. The task was easy – take 3 seconds after every purchase to notice. “I just spent $7 at Chipotle.” That’s it. To help me carry out this experiment, I set up text reminders … Continue reading 30 Days, 3 Seconds – the Results ...
Posted: May 11 2016 @ 7:13 AM
I had the privilege of sharing a bit of my minimalism journey in the latest issue of Queen of the Castle. Check it out: Maybe you can relate to a similar experience. You spend hours, maybe even days, organizing the kids’ toys, your clothes, the hallway closet or the junk drawer in the kitchen. Everything has … Continue reading Learning to Live with Less ...
Posted: May 02 2016 @ 5:36 PM
The good news is that I paid off more debt this month. The bad news is that I paid off way less than I had hoped. Actually, that’s not bad news yet that’s how I perceive it. I should be happy about any debt I pay off on my HELOC no matter the amount. But … Continue reading Debt Payoff | April Update ...
Posted: Apr 29 2016 @ 6:23 PM
Here’s a question for you, and it might seem a little weird. It was for me, at least. How aware are you when you spend money? Honestly, I have no idea how aware I am when I spend money. I’m not sure what I think about or if I think. Maybe I’m just on autopilot. … Continue reading 30 Days, 3 Seconds ...
Posted: Apr 05 2016 @ 2:54 PM


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