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The One Hour Project: Create A Visual Debt Reminder

Keeping your focus on getting out of debt can be a challenge for some people. It’s so incredibly easy to just not think about it at all and make a bad financial choice, like putting something unnecessary on the credit card or going out for an expensive dinner and drinks. One of the most effective …

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The One Hour Project: Discover And Catalog Free Events In Your Community

Almost everyone loves to get out of the house sometimes and do stuff. The only problem is that many of the ideas that we come up with for doing stuff cost money. I know that this is often true, even for me: I think of going out and golfing or going to a bookstore, both …

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The One Hour Project: Cleanse Your Monthly Bills

One thing that continuously saps away personal finance growth is monthly bills, particularly those where you don’t actually use the service very much. Unfortunately, many people get into a routine of just paying the bills without really thinking about what they’re paying and why. I challenge you to take an hour, sit down with your …

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The One Hour Project: Build Your Own Net Worth Calculator

One of my best motivational tools for staying on a good personal finance track is my own personal net worth calculator. I use it constantly to keep tabs on my own financial moves and to make sure I’m constantly spending less than I earn and also constantly reducing my debt load. A few months ago, …

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The One Hour Project: Dig Into A Personal Finance Blog

One of the most valuable things that a person can do when learning about personal finance issues is to get a diversity of perspectives and ideas. The more ideas you learn about and the more perspectives you get, the better your undersanding of personal finance will be and the more likely you are to make …

The One Hour Project: Make A Quadruple Batch Of A Casserole

One of the biggest challenges for most people when it comes to cooking at home is the time; a busy lifestyle often puts people in a position where they would rather just go home, flop on the couch, and eat whatever takeout or delivery food they have on hand or just microwave a meal. The …

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The One Hour Project: Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

An hour around the house (doing everything here would take more than an hour, but most people have done some of these things – but the things done vary from person to person) can trim your energy use significantly, trimming your power bill quite a bit. The best part? These things, once done, require no …

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The One Hour Project: Go Through Your Important Papers

Many people (myself included, until pretty recently) have a box of “important papers” where they toss things that they know could be vital someday but they often don’t recall what is exactly in there. I used to keep mine in a small safe; my parents keep theirs in a safety deposit box. Try spending some …

The One Hour Project: Clean Out Your Media Collection

Most of my friends have huge shelves full of DVDs and CDs that they rarely listen to or look at. Not long ago, I suffered from the same condition – I had this huge array of DVDs that I watched once, shelved away, and didn’t touch for years. In other words, it wasn’t long before …

The One Hour Project: Reduce The Interest Rate On Your Credit Cards

This is something that’s well worth doing if you have consistently carried a credit card balance in the past and have never requested a rate reduction. It takes a bit of time (about an hour for a small pile of cards), but it can really save you some serious money in the long run. It’s …

The One Hour Project: Basic Car Maintenance

A few very simple auto maintenance tasks that anyone can do can end up saving a lot of money over time by improving the gas mileage of your automobile. You should be able to run through this checklist in about an hour and improve the efficiency of your car by quite a bit. I also …

The One Hour Project: Take A Trip To The Library

I’m going to start off the month by suggesting that you check out a book from the library. Not just any book, mind you, but one of the really worthwhile books on personal finance. Check it out, put it on your nightstand, and read a page or two each night before you drift off to …

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The One Hour Project: One Hour Makes All The Difference

Many people think that things that can put them ahead financially involve a lot of work. “I have to make big changes to my lifestyle,” they say, or they believe they have to give up all the things in life that they enjoy, or they’re going to have to start working a lot more than …

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