How to Do a Financial Plan…The Right Way

July 2, 2015

Good morning Dinks.  Let me ask you a question, do you have a financial plan.  Or actually here’s a better question do you know how to do a financial plan?  The odds are your answer is no.  And that’s O.K. Many people go through life without a financial plan and that’s O.K. too.  There’s no […]

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Finding the Perfect Wedding Gift

July 1, 2015

Good morning Dinks.  I want to say a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to my friends Nelson @ Financial Uproar and Vanessa @ Vanessa’s Money on their engagement.  Come October these two lovely financial bloggers will be married in Las Vegas and guess who’s invited?! Yours truly. Nelson and Vanessa have both been very good friends to me […]

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We’re thinking of buying a house

June 29, 2015

Any thoughts on that?  If there’s one thing I’ve learned about being a lifelong renter it’s that’s everyone has an opinion on the fact that Nick and I are 35 years old and still rent an apartment.  So what do you think?  How many of our Dinks friends out there are like us and still […]

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Weekly roundup: How to save money on groceries

June 26, 2015

Good morning Dinks.  Let me ask you a question, how much do you spend on groceries each month?  Nick and I spend approximately $120 a week on groceries for the two of us.  I’m not sure if that’s a reasonable amount. How do you save money on groceries each week? Plan your menus I try […]

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How to Plan the Perfect Vacation

June 25, 2015

It’s summer and that means it’s vacation time.  If you’re like many Americans over the next few months you’ll be packing your bags to head off to some fantastic summer destination.  As you know I love to travel.  I don’t travel much during the summer because it’s really hot, although I am going to New […]

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Love and Finances: Buying real estate

June 24, 2015

Good morning Dinks. We have an interesting situation to talk about today.  Yesterday I had lunch with my friend Laura and she told me that she and her long time boyfriend are going through a rocky period and she doesn’t know if they’re going to get through it. When I asked what the problem was […]

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The Three Major Things You May be Missing in Your Personal Finance Plan

June 23, 2015

You’ve probably heard a lot of tips for your personal finances. You probably know to budget. You may even know that you should start saving for retirement right now. But there are probably a few things that you don’t know, or that you just forgot to include in your budget. Have you done your research […]

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3 Reasons Giving Gift Cards is a Bad Idea

June 22, 2015

Good morning Dinks.  Do you love or hate getting gift cards?  And how about when you’re on the other side of the fence, how do you feel about giving gift cards to your friends and family? I personally love getting gift cards for Christmas and my birthday – those are really the only occasions we […]

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3 Things to DIY and Save Money

June 19, 2015

It’s so easy to outsource every little bit of your life. Sometimes outsourcing tasks is a good idea and other times it just ends up being a huge money suck and of very little value. Here are a few instances where it makes more sense to do it yourself and save money verses hiring the […]

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