15 Simple Car Maintenance Tips To Save You Money

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save money on vehicle maintenanceYou don’t have to know a lot about the inner workings of a modern vehicle to save money on car maintenance. A little bit of knowledge about the industry and being willing to get your hands dirty can go a long way toward saving you money on maintenance though. The 15 tips below are a great place to start putting more money back in your pocket.

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June 2018 Site Traffic Report (It Was An Awesome Month!)

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june traffic reportWhat’s goin’ on everybody! Thanks for checking out my June 2018 traffic + other stuff report.

Even though I don’t do this type of post every month – I like to put them out there when I’ve had a particularly good month to help keep myself motivated and encourage others. My main goal with this site from day one has been to help parents earn extra cash. If a website is part of your cash plan, I want to help you succeed.

And that’s why I take the time to let you know when I have a good month so hopefully you can try some of the tactics I used and see some growth as well.

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Why You Should Avoid MLMs Like The Plague

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If you’re interested in personal finance, side hustles and making extra money, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve tried out network marketing at some point.

Even if you haven’t tried it out yourself, you’ve probably had a friend from high school reach out to you on Facebook and say something like: “Hey, it’s been too long, how are you!” And then tactfully direct the conversation towards the new ‘opportunity’ that they are involved in.

Of course, they’d love to get together and tell you more…

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23 Fun & Cheap Date Night Ideas (And What To Do With The Kids)

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cheap date night ideasWhen my wife and I were young and careless (she’s still young, and I’m still careless), the biggest money-drain for us hands down was eating out. It took many different forms: but most often it was some form of date night for the two of us or with friends – pub nights, sushi, ice cream, movies etc. We didn’t really start experimenting with cheap date night ideas until after we had a couple of kids.

Bottom line: it costs a lot of money to eat out.

But for many of us, eating out is the go-to idea for date nights. It’s actually harder to avoid now that we have children because having somebody cook for us (as opposed to three little people throwing fits because they found something green in their dinner) is part of how we relax when we do get out.

That said, there are a lot of ways that you can enjoy a cheap date night with your spouse. You don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant or do some pricey activity. I’ve put together  of the best cheap date night ideas that I could find from all around the web. I’m going to reference this list next time I want to take my wife out.

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10 Best Items To Flip For Money (And Where To Find Them)

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best items to flip to make moneyOne man’s trash is another man’s treasure as they say. Personally, I’m happy that they do, because there’s a lot of money to be made selling used stuff for a profit on Craigslist, Ebay and other marketplaces.

Over the years I have sold tens of thousands of dollars worth of stuff. For the most part, I’ve used Craigslist and other local classified sites, though I’ve ventured onto other platforms as well.

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11 Affordable Father’s Day Gifts That Your Dad Actually Wants

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affordable fathers day giftsSo you’re looking for an awesome, affordable gift for Father’s Day? Look no further! I have put together this short list of gifts that Dads actually want for Father’s day, curated by a professional dad.

Like most men, I appreciate when my family thinks to get me a thoughtful gift. That said, I don’t want them breaking the bank on my account, so there’s nothing here over $100.

Your dad was there for you  on the sidelines of your sports games, teaching you how to ride a bike or drive a car, and of course, to give you some advice when you needed it.

Now let me offer you some advice of our own. Return that tie that you get him every year, and keep reading to find an awesome gift idea.

Some things to consider

Budget: You don’t have to break the bank to get your dad an awesome gift. In fact, there are a lot of great gifts on this list in the $25 range. No need to go overboard.

Type of Person: What type of guy is your dad? Does he like tech gifts or is he more classic? Outdoorsman or gamer…or both?

Time Frame: There’s not much time left until Father’s Day, so you might want to order your gift online, or be prepared to get it a little late!

Ready to get something awesome for your dad?

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Why I Stopped Following Dave Ramsey

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stopped following Dave RamsayThere are a lot of Dave Ramsey die-hards in the personal finance community. If you’re a huge Ramsey fan, as I once was, I encourage you to read this post with an open mind and consider my key points on their merit. It’s entirely possible that I’m going to ruffle some feathers here, so sorry in advance!

For those of you who are not familiar with Dave Ramsey, he’s the outspoken host of a daily radio show that is syndicated all over the USA, and the author of several books including ‘Financial Peace’ and ‘The Total Money Makeover.’ Dave teaches his 7 step program to financial peace. For reference, the steps are:

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9 Money Saving Gadgets That Will Pay For Themselves

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When you’re looking for ways to save money, let’s be honest, buying new tech isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. I absolutely love gadgets. A new toy with lots of features can keep me entertained for days. The thing is, I’m also a card-carrying cheapass who must get the best deal on everything I buy.

So how do I deal with these conflicting interests? It’s simple really, as often as possible, I buy gadgets that will save me money in the long term. Fun fact – this also makes tech purchases much easier to justify to my wife.

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A Look Back On My Failed Businesses

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failed businessI used to work as a truck driver for a large excavating company. The job offer came my way shortly before our wedding in 2009 and since the pay and benefits were good – I jumped on it.

For the first few months I was there, things were pretty good. I was excited about making more money than I ever had in my life, had lots of responsibility and was generally happy.

After about two years at the company, my job changed from Crane/Lowbed operator, to dump truck driver.

Now if you’ve never had the pleasure of driving a dump truck, here’s what it’s like. Get up and walk to your mailbox, turn around and come back into your house. Do that for eight straight hours and that’s more or less what it’s like driving a dump truck.

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How We Thrive As A Single Income Family

Single Income FamilyWe have been a single income family since our first daughter was born in 2011. Being at home with our children was something that my wife always wanted. After months of talking about what we wanted our family to look like and what our priorities were, we decided to give it a try.

The last 7 years have been incredibly rewarding and we’re glad we’ve made this decision. Often people ask us how we’re able to get by with only one of us working full-time.

Keep reading and I’m going to show you the tactics that we have used to thrive on one income.

Why a single income family?

This is a tough thing to explain. Deciding to try and make it as a one-income family is a deeply personal decision. Depending on where you live and what type of work your sole breadwinner does, it can be a very expensive and difficult lifestyle to maintain. We live in a very expensive city in Western Canada and it has been a challenge with constantly rising costs and not-so-constantly rising pay.

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