Making Youth Sports Affordable

An estimated 45.7 million American children ages 6-17 take part in one or more sports. For many of their parents, those athletic endeavors can cost thousands of dollars each year. In fact, spiraling costs receive part of the blame for participation numbers declining 9% over five years. But there’s good news. While you can’t put a price on physical fitness, teamwork, and character-building, it is possible to lower the cost. Making Youth Sports Affordable: A Playbook for Parents is here …

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Some Thoughts on Project 333

September 29 2017

In the last week, a good half-dozen readers and a few personal friends alerted me to an interesting event going on in Ankeny, Iowa (which is a suburb of Des Moines, less than an hour from where I live). The event is a speech/Q&A session from Courtney Carver, the person behind the Project 333 movement – you can find out the details here). Project 333 is something that’s been on my radar for a while, along with the whole “capsule …

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Striving to have money in the bank, striving to have no debt, striving to reach a point where you can live off of what you have put aside in earlier years – those things are the exception rather than the rule in America. They go against the grain. Choosing to forego some momentary pleasures and to shoot for debt freedom is something that most people in America simply don’t do. The numbers back me up on this. As I discussed …

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There are plenty of careers with a high turnover rate, but sales jobs are particularly notorious for driving people crazy then out the door. Chances are good you know someone who tried sales and failed, perhaps miserably. Perhaps you bombed at selling renter’s insurance or coupon books, and are still ashamed. Well, you shouldn’t be. Why? Because dejected salespeople are all over the place. Companies who take a “sales approach” to growth experience a revolving door of employees, and many who try sales …

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There was a time earlier in my life where I was very concerned with “keeping up with the Joneses.” I ran with a crowd that was incredibly focused on buying new things, showing them off to friends and family and acquaintances and neighbors and reveling in their jealousy, and then also being jealous of the things that friends and family and acquaintances and neighbors had. I remember, at the time, getting a brand new BlackBerry the day it was released. …

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There’s no right or wrong way to budget your money, just like there’s no perfect way to spend it. But, that doesn’t mean a little planning can’t help you get closer to your savings goals. If you take the time to write out a monthly budget, you may find you’re able to better organize your finances in terms of how much to spend on experiences, savings, and regular bills. And, despite what anyone says, budgets don’t have to be restrictive. …

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The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend a record $9.1 billion on Halloween this year, an average of $86 per household. Depending on your level of frugality, those numbers may shock you like no movie monster ever could. Don’t panic, though. It’s not that difficult to celebrate Halloween without a petrifying price tag. Consider the following advice about how to cut your costs on everything from costumes to candy to jack-o’-lanterns. Get a discount disguise According to the …

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The Experimental Kitchen

September 26 2017

“Sounds like an experimental kitchen.” A friend of mine said those words to me a few weeks ago when I was discussing a couple of our latest culinary experiments. She’s right, of course. Over the past year or so, I’ve really fallen in love with making a number of foods at home, on my own, and I wanted to share some of those “experiments” with you. Why? Well, for starters, this is Google-X and not Ye Olde Weird …

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The temptation to ignore your credit during a divorce can be strong, and unintended. After all, divorce generally brings stress and grief into your life, which likely dominates your focus. You may feel like you simply do not have the energy to worry about one more problem in the midst of the other pressure you’re facing. Even if you don’t care today, at some point in the future the condition of your credit is going to matter to you again. …

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What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Buying stuff for baby 2. Tax loss harvesting question 3. Nice hair cutting tip 4. Thoughts on “robo investment services” 5. Which slow cooker? 6. Home ownership challenge 7. Clearing out book collection 8. Saving money on work trip 9. Afraid of culture when moving 10. Is my …

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