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Control Pests without Poisoning Your Lawn – Organic Solutions

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Pests are a big problem for any homeowner looking to keep his or her lawn in tip-top shape. Along with diseases, lawn pests can wreak havoc on your lawn and turn a once lush and beautiful yard into a complete disaster. The natural solution to this, of course, is pest control. Unfortunately, most pest control solutions aren’t natural.

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How to Take the Stress Out of Job Hunting

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The journey you take when looking for a new job can be filled with stress and anxiety. It’s easy to lose hope, particularly when money is tight and you’re desperate to find a new job, but it’s important not to let the strain of the experience get to you. While job hunting is an intense and emotional experience, keep in mind that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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How to Save Money on An Engagement Ring

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When you finally decide that you’ve found “the one” and you’re ready to splash out on an engagement ring, you want to make sure that you choose the perfect stone. Unfortunately, a lot of us assume that we can’t afford to buy a diamond – when that isn’t always the case. There are actually plenty of ways that you can get your hands on an affordable conflict-free diamond without having to work all the hours of the day, or compromise on appearance.

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Four Side Hustles for You and Your Family This Year

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There comes a time in all our lives when we have been faced with financial difficulties. Most of the well-meaning people will advise you to cut back on your overall spending. But you find that that alone may not cut it sometimes, and may not be the best solution. It will help lessen the financial strain, but not fully eradicate it. The next common and probably better advice that you are most likely to get is to earn more income by getting a side hustle.

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Six Eco-friendly Ways to Save Money for You and Your Family

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Transportation. From a money-saving and environment-friendly perspective, this may be the most obvious solution to making room in your budget in an eco-conscious manner. Heading into the summer, gas prices will continue to go up, so transportation alternatives can really help. Carpooling, public transportation, and biking are all terrific ways to cut down trips to the gas pump while decreasing your own personal carbon footprint left on the environment.

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How is Your Vacation Rental Doing?

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Owning a vacation rental has been a love-hate emotion for me. We bought a lakefront condo 10 years ago near lakes and an area known for entertainment venues, for what I thought at the time were great reasons. Why we bought. Diversify our investment holdings. We only own one home, no land, no rentals.

Sleep and Mental Health: How Late Nights Affect Your Brain

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We all know how it feels to miss a night’s sleep. Tired, groggy, and irritable, all we want is to be to be left alone. Nothing a good night’s rest can’t fix right? Well yes, if it’s just one night’s missed sleep but what if it’s every night? An increasing amount of us aren’t getting sufficient sleep and more and more of us are suffering from sleep disorders. What few of us realize is the long term impact that sleeping badly on a regular basis have on our mental health.

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Things I’ve Learned During 30 + Years of Home Ownership

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I’ve been a homeowner since 1978, when we bought our fixer upper little ranch house when our second baby was 6 months old. I thought I knew all about keeping a house. After all, both Mom and Dad had been do-it-yourselfers and had trained me up to work right alongside them.

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Having a Hard Time Getting By? 3 Budget Leaks You May Be Experiencing.

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Do you make enough money to cover your mortgage or rent, groceries, transportation, and other essential expenses, but find yourself on a treadmill of not being able to save? Many people are, and you’re not alone.

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Eight Things I Learned After Becoming a Millionaire

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When we are young and poor, a million dollars seems an enormous sum – enough to cure all the ills in our lives!

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If You???re Not Poor, Can You Teach Your Kids What It???s Like to Be Poor?

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While I was growing up, my family didn’t have much money. My dad worked first as a meat cutter and then at a factory. During the recession in the ’80s, he was unemployed for nearly 2.5 years. My mom was an at home day care provider.

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Household Debt in Canada

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Household debt is at an all-time high. In the current economic climate, household debt has been steadily rising, with no signs of stopping. Statistics Canada has a lot of great detailed information on the current state of household debt in our country, but it can all seem like a lot to take in.

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My Best Garage Sale Finds

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I love a bargain. Years ago, Mom introduced me to the idea of going to garage sales. People sell the darnedest things at their garage sales.

5 Insurance Issues for Entrepreneurs

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One of the items that many entrepreneurs overlook when they get started is insurance. When you’re starting a business, it doesn’t seem important to worry overmuch about insurance. In fact, it might not even be on your radar.

Turning back the clock: 4 Natural ways to Look and Feel younger

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Humans have been chasing the fountain of youth for thousands of years, and it seems a lot of us still do.

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Make One Change to Improve Almost Every Aspect of Your Life

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Over the past year or so, I’ve probably watched twenty different documentaries , and many of them were about health, food, weight and nutrition. I also enjoy many TED Talks on similar topics and am an avid reader.

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Easy Ways to Build Up Your Savings

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A surprising amount of North Americans are not putting money away consistently for retirement. Many families are toeing the line of slipping into debt, if they aren’t already over their heads.

Financial Success: It’s Not Always About Your Income

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When I was younger, I used to think that a higher income was the solution to most of my financial issues. My husband and I were graduate students with loans and credit card debt, and we were certain that a higher income would solve all of our problems. However, this isn’t always the case.

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A Couple of Things to Be Aware of Before You Invest in Bitcoin

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Before you decide to invest in Bitcoin , there are a couple of things that you need to take into consideration and be aware of. The first thing you are likely to want to understand that is just why bitcoin is suddenly becoming so popular. Because everything is now available online, it is really no surprise that currency needed to be developed for this as well. Just like much of the internet, bitcoin is open to everybody, being completely decentralized in nature. Do You Want to Invest in Bitcoin?

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Redefining Moderation.

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I used to struggle with my weight. I was never “fat”, it would even be a stretch to say I was “chubby”, but I wasn’t where I wanted to be weight and health wise. I would often yo-yo ten to fifteen pounds at a time. Then one day I finally got down to that magic number on the scale and loved it!

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Halloween Spending Through the Years

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My favorite thrift store has a section dedicated to seasonal items. A couple of days ago on one of my visits, I noticed 2 entire clothing racks filled with Halloween costumes and/or clothing items. The number and variety of Halloween items in this thrift store surprised me.

7 Ways to Reduce Household Waste

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Our consumer-driven society is one that results in a great deal of waste. From food waste to packaging to disposable items, there are a lot of resources being used by humans. This consumption of resources — and the waste it produces — is not sustainable. Nor is it healthy.

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It’s Time to Leave Your Money Mistakes in the Past

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As humans, we tend to be hard on ourselves. When we make mistakes, we dwell on them, dredging them up, and remaining ashamed — often long after others have forgiven us and moved on. The same is true of our money mistakes.

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How to Limit Distractions When You Work From Home

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There are times when I just can’t seem to focus on work. It’s too easy to get distracted and pretty soon nothing is getting accomplished. Working from home doesn’t really help the situation, since the line between work and other things can be blurred very easily.

Budget Friendly Camping for the Whole Family

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Camping is an awesome activity if you want to be closer to nature or get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Save Money and Go Green By Replacing These Disposable Items with Reusable Ones

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Most of us who are 40 and younger grew up with disposable paper items. Because that’s all we knew, they became the norm. However, a generation or two ago, disposable items were less common.

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How to Ask for Money Back When Somebody Owes You

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If you’ve ever lent somebody money and have had to actually ask to be repaid, you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s an incredibly uncomfortable experience. The better you know the person, the more uncomfortable it becomes.

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5 Books with Insights that Changed the Way I Think About Money

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When I was growing up, my ideas about money were limited. I figured the keys to financial success were: Get a good education. Get a good job. Buy a house, since it’s an investment. Save money in a bank account (or perhaps a company retirement plan). Work at said job for 30 or 40 years.

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The Importance Of Setting Financial New Year’s Goals

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Here we are, just weeks left in 2014. If you’re like me, you’re scratching your head and wondering how time went so quickly. The New Year brings a chance to make a fresh start and improve our lives. One of the best ways to do that is to set realistic goals.

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The 5 Steps to Living Money-Stress Free

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Do you barely survive, living paycheck to paycheck? Does all your income just pass through your hands and nothing is left? Do you feel afraid that when disaster or emergency strikes, you won’t be able to handle the expenses ?

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Better Organization Could Boost Your Productivity

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One of the things I’ve noticed in recent weeks is that my work benefits from organization. I’ve been a little out of sorts because I just packed up and moved across the country. We’ve been putting our new apartment together, and figuring out where everything goes.

4 Reasons I Attend Conferences

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Like many other financial blogger types, I just returned from FinCon. I attend two or three conferences each year (FinCon is my favorite) because I find these events valuable. And not just because I sometimes party like I’m in college again.

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Is Automatic Bill Pay Right for You?

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One of the things I love about living in our modern world is the technology. I love how a number of chores can be performed easily with the help of technology. This includes financial chores like paying bills.

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5 Essential Money Tips for Newlyweds

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When you first contemplate marrying the love of your life, everything seems just right. You believe you can put up with anything, and you think that any difficulties can be smoothed over if you face them together.

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3 Tips to Overcome Procrastination

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After hosting a family dinner one time, my husband and I loaded the dishwasher and put a particularly messy pot into the sink to soak. I filled it up with soap and hot water and stepped away to let it do its thing.

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Money Anxiety. Let It Go.

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There’s a lot of anxiety around money- not having enough, worrying it will run out, keeping it safe, etc. As someone who has consistently had unreliable and often insufficient sources of income, you would think I would be a prime example of cash flow concern, but if anything, I’m the opposite.

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How to Save Money by Greening your Wardrobe

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If you’re like me, you are always looking for ways to save money, even if it’s only a little bit each week or month. Sometimes we need to find extra funds when big bills are due but often it is needed just to make ends meet.

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Are You Letting Your Luxuries Become Needs?

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One of the fundamental principles of savvy finances is understanding the difference between needs and wants. Part of this understanding is acknowledging that much of what we have are actually luxuries and not needs at all. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to let luxuries become needs.

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Things to Do When You are Unplugged

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At the beginning of the year I set a goal for myself to have one hour of unplugged time each evening to enjoy offline and tech-free activities. This goal specifically was meant to foster more one-on-one time with my then fiancé (now husband!!), and has been fairly conducive to doing that.

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How to Make Your Budget Work for You

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One of the hardest things to stick to is a budget. Everyone seems to dislike them. I don’t like budgets myself, and actually refer to what I do with my money as a “ spending plan.”

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Christmas Reward – iPad 3 Giveaway

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How better to finish off Christmas than by winning an iPad 3. I mean, who doesn’t want this handy little device?! This month, I have teamed up with a group of amazing blogging friends to give you a chance to win one, saving you having to spend a single penny.

Success and Failure: What Are You Afraid Of?

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When you ask people if they’d do something crazy like spend two years alone on a deserted island for a million dollars, more often than not, the answer is yes.

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Why Cheaper Isn’t Always Better

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I’ve never been much of a frugalista. I do try to get good value for my money, and I do try to get the best possible price for what I want, but I don’t always subscribe to the idea that cheaper is better.

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