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Have You Reached That Moment Yet?

by Jackie Beck

“A moment comes when the desire to do what you really want nearly overwhelms you and it feels like you can’t go another day without making a change.”

-Tyler Tervooren, in his post Stand on a corner and sing

That’s what it felt like when we finally did what it took to be debt free. And when I quit my job. And when…well, you get the picture.

Have you reached that moment yet? The moment where you can’t go another day without making it happen? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Setting & Achieving Goals on 11.24.14 with no comments (yet!).

Find Your Passion (It’s Probably Right in Front of You)

by Jackie Beck

Ways to figure out what you love doing“Find your passion,” we’re urged, and everything will fall into place. So we spend our time struggling to hunt down that passion as if it were some sort of elusive beast lurking deep in the jungle. The reality is, your passion is often right in front of you.

You just can’t see it, because it’s covered up with ordinary.

You spend your days going to work, doing what needs to be done around the house, and then relaxing for a bit in front of the computer, TV, or with family and friends.

If you want to find your passion, you’ve got to open your eyes to what you believe in. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Motivation on 11.17.14 with 1 comment.

Crazy Ways to Hide Money

by Jackie Beck

Do you hide cash or other valuables around the house, for emergencies or otherwise? (Should you admit that on the internet if you do? Probably not…)

There must be quite a few people who do though, because I stumbled across a bunch of different ways to hide money around the house. Thank you, random Amazon suggestion for making me forget whatever I was actually looking for.

Check out some of the things I found. (Clicking the images below will take you to Amazon using my affiliate link if you want get sidetracked like I was.) Apparently many of them are made from the actual objects, so I imagine you could do things like these yourself as well.

8 unusual ways to hide cash coming right up:

WD-40 diversion safe

Fake wall outlet to hide things in

Coke can hiding spot

Hairbrush with hidden opening

Fruit cocktail can diversion safe

Speed stick diversion safe

Lint roller with secret compartment

Rubik's cube with hidden opening

Hiding in the open

Have you ever seen any of those? They’re basically ways to hide things in plain sight.

They all seem like pretty cool ideas, but I’d be afraid of going on a “get rid of stuff I never use” spree and tossing some of them. The bank, on the hand, is always a good option for keeping money safe from thieves.

What do you think?

Posted in Savings on 11.10.14 with 2 comments.

What Does a Holiday Budget Include?

by Jackie Beck

Add these to the holiday budgetThe holidays seem to sneak up on us, and then all of a sudden they’re everywhere we look. And they often seem to end up costing more than we thought.

I suspect this is because we often forget to account for all of the little details that might be involved with a holiday. Take Christmas, for example. Depending on how you celebrate, it could involve a variety of purchases. (There’s everything from a gingerbread house kit to travel expenses.)

So what does a holiday budget include? Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Budgeting on 11.03.14 with no comments (yet!).

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