I have to admit something; I never wanted a house. I’d lived in apartments or townhome like structures most of my life, and I was content with that type of living. True, I never had a garage, and often I’d lose my parking spot, but if anything broke all I had to do was call someone and they’d make sure it got fixed.

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Then I got married, and at some point my wife said “we should get a house”; I think her friends put her up to it. Thus, we went on a quest to find a house, and I put a lot of money away with the intention of being able to put down a nice downpayment and still have some money leftover to address whatever issues were coming with the house. That part worked out well; we found the house we wanted in the neighborhood we wanted and, for the most part, all’s been well, There are still some issues we have to address after all these years but we’re getting there.
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I remember when I started working for myself many years ago that I went into it thinking I was going to need the same office supplies that I had in my office at the job. I purchased, in volume, things such as pens and pencils, staples, notepads, and paper clips, along with a lot of other junk.

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Years later I still had almost all of that stuff because, it turned out, very few small or independent businesses need things like that. It might make sense to buy one of each of those things just in case but buying in bulk as I did… stupid move.
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Some years ago I wrote a post talking about grocery shopper’s cards and the great savings you can get from them. Even though I’m not someone with a pattern of going to lots of different stores for groceries, since I literally share a backyard with one, I have found not only great deals here and there at other places but foods my own store doesn’t sell that are pretty tasty, along with items that my normal grocery store stops stocking. I’m not disloyal; I just like what I like.

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I’ve discovered something even more beneficial to almost everyone; it regards your health. Whether or not you have insurance (which I hope you do), it’s possible to save money on your medication and supplies.
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Our government officials, both state and federal, are bashing each other on the heads while trying to change health care, dealing with debt limit increases or reductions, looking at unemployment that doesn’t seem to be going down, few new jobs being created, gas prices rising again, lowering taxes for the rich and increasing them for […]

We’re in the process of evaluating whether or not we should sell my mother’s home since she’ll no longer be living there. I’ve only ever owned one home and it’s the one I live in now; the same goes for my wife. It’s a daunting venture trying to figure out what to sell one’s house […]

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