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A New Reason I’ll Avoid the Mayhem That Is Black Friday

Whack FridayMany of you will rise out of bed at 3:00 am Friday, grab some coffee and head out the door to go stand in line at your favorite retail store, hoping to get a jump on the holiday shopping season. It’s an annual tradition, this Black Friday shopping trip that gets so many people worked up into a frenzy. I’m sure many people love the action and excitement of it all.

Me? Meh…I find it not enthralling. I’ll take my extra hours of sleep.

There are a host of reasons I chose not to shop on this day. Thanksgiving turkey hangover. The crowds. Getting prepped for the OSU/Michigan game (yes…I do this a day early…Go Bucks!).

But this year I’ve added another reason why I’ll just never go shopping on this day.

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Statistics Show People Turn to the Internet First For Their Job Search

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A recent internal study of the labor market by Jobtonic.com showed that the majority of applicants get a job using specialized Internet portals. Applicants can use such services to search for jobs in Houston, LA, Detroit and any other city in the US. … [Continue reading]

There Can Always Be Redemption

Andy Dufresne

Hidden Nuggets Series #64 - "For with the Lord there is mercy; and with Him is abundant redemption." - Psalm 130:7 Recently I’ve been talking about some topics that are all interconnected: dealing with failure, making mistakes and asking for help. … [Continue reading]

5 Budgeting Tips to Save Money for the Holidays

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Want to save money shopping this holiday season? Today's guest post by freelance journalist Ivan Serrano begins our countdown to Christmas with these five suggestions. With Thanksgiving only a week away, Americans are already shopping for the … [Continue reading]

Don’t Be Like This Me: Blogging Mistakes I Made That You Can Avoid

frustrated man sitting at computer

I’ve been at this blogging gig for over two years now and boy, have I produced my share of small and whopping mistakes. They weren’t all in the beginning either. I just made another one last month that has really got me frustrated. None of these … [Continue reading]

I Need Help But Don’t Want to Ask

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“I can do it myself. I don’t need help from anyone.” It’s a familiar refrain I often recite in my head. Even though it may seem obvious to everyone around me that I need help, I choose not to seek it. For some reason, my human nature resists … [Continue reading]

Moments Like This Make Blogging Worth It

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What drives a blogger to write? In my 2+ years of blogging myself and after reading countless other blogs during that time, I’ve concluded there are three reasons why someone would start a blog: To make money To make a … [Continue reading]

5 Ideas for a Budget Kitchen Remodel

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Want to remodel your kitchen but are worried about the costs? In today's guest post, Tim Smith from Modernize.com shares ways to get the kitchen look you desire while keeping costs low. While everyone may dream of creating their ideal kitchen, a … [Continue reading]

Should I Save For Retirement or the Kid’s College First?

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I’m a very linear person. I default to moving in a chronological order, doing things step by step according to a predetermined plan. So it becomes really confusing when it comes to saving for retirement and our kid’s college. On the one hand, it’s … [Continue reading]

Selling My Soul to the Devil: Why I’m Leasing a Car

Nissan Leaf

Never in my wildest dreams has it crossed my mind to lease a car. Generally speaking, leases are a bad idea and one of the worst financial products a consumer could take on. It’s almost impossible to negotiate a deal that doesn’t favor the dealer in … [Continue reading]

An Audacious Goal Recap: What Bloggers Learned From Writing For 31 Days

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After hearing Jeff Goins speak at FinCon in September I became inspired to push myself as a writer. So I embarked on a challenge for the month of October where I would write 500 words a day for 31 straight days. This isn’t unique to me as there are … [Continue reading]