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The Perfect Christmas Gift

Each Christmas season follows the same general routine. Throughout the year, I keep my eye open for good Christmas gift ideas for my family and friends. I’ll glance through flyers, look at sales, and stop in at exceptional events like “going out of business” sales with the idea in mind that I’ll find an amazing …

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Excuses, Excuses

When you’re entrenched in a large pattern of bad habits and you’re challenged to escape those habits, it’s very easy to fall back on an excuse of some kind to “explain away” and justify your poor choices. I know this from experience. I used many excuses to continue my poor spending habits and I still …

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Is a Positive Attitude Enough?

Yesterday, Carrie made a very interesting comment in response to my review of I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: if being happy is a matter of attitude [...] then shouldn’t people be able to make anything work [...] by simply changing their attitude? Carrie’s question strikes right at the …

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A Frugal Guide to the Iowa State Fair (or Any Similar County or State Fair)

One annual end-of-summer tradition in our household is attending the Iowa State Fair, held in Des Moines each year in mid-August. It’s something we look forward to for weeks. Over the years, we’ve found a bunch of little techniques to turn what could be an expensive day trip into something much cheaper. If you invest …

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