My Story on How to Successfully Take Courses While Working Full Time

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

One of the things many of you may or may not know about me is that my entire university education has been acquired while working full time. When I was allotted TV time, I didn’t use it to watch the standard children’s shows. The back up plan was working.

Work Harder, Then Work Smarter

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Now, of course everyone can make some extra money from time to time, but what is the logical answer to digging yourself out of this paycheck-to-paycheck life? Income: Work Harder. I think I can hear the groans and screams already, “But I don’t have any extra time!

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4 Simple Productivity Hacks That Actually Work

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

The other day, I woke up, and got straight to work. I powered through until lunch and got all of my work done on my to-do list in just five hours. This is work that I thought would take closer to ten hours, but because I was productive and got down to it with hardly so much as a breath of a break, I got it done in half the amount of time – without sacrificing quality. If the answer is no, you may be just wasting time.

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Book Nook: Curriculum - Athena Versus the Machine

Motherhood Moments

At a time when the curriculum is subject to constant change and accountability Martin Robinson characterizes the system as being a slave to the Machine: a data-obsessed, narrow-minded version of education, where statistics are valued far more than wisdom. Whichever method is used to justify the content of a curriculum, can utilitarian/utopian aims (or their proxies) justify 13 years or so of full-time education?”

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Dear CheapChica…

Cheap Chica's Guide To Style

I recently graduated from college and I’m looking for a full-time job in advertising and/or public relations. I’m having a difficult time finding a professional, creative, chic bag on a budget. This must be a really exciting time for you!

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How To Meal Plan Effectively On A Tight Schedule

For the Mommas

Perhaps you work full-time outside of the house, and have a home with three kids who each have their own practice schedules, and you have two dogs, a spouse, and are back in school. Finding time […].

2017 60

Diversify Side Income Or Specialize?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

I can’t think of a time in my adult life when I haven’t been fully immersed in a full-time job or career, while also making income on the side. My first side hustle was a part-time job at the local mall where I held my full-time day job.

2014 194

Chuck E. Cheese: All you can Play Starting at $10!

Couponing 101

When you arrive, you pick a set amount of play, which starts at 30 minutes for $10, and your kids can play all the games as many times as they want during that period of time. The best part about the All You Can Play is that your time can be paused.

How this Couple Eliminated $180,000 of Debt in 12 Months!

Family Balance Sheet

My husband is an extremely hard worker as he works and goes to school full time. He has paid a price to win with hard work and sacrifice to reach his goals, and I truly admire him for that. So we decided to sell our home and become renters for the first time.

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Find out How Brian & His Wife Paid off $109,000 in Credit Card Debt

Family Balance Sheet

I work full time in IT and my wife works part time in retail. Were there arguments during the time you were working on your debt? Once we all understood what debt free meant for our family it was easy to work toward it.

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Factors to Consider When Accepting a Job

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

It was a job as a reintegration social worker in Philadelphia (reintegration social worker is the PC title for working with adjudicated youth returning home from long term residential placement. In other words, I was going to be working with kids coming home from juvie).

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Enrollment is OPEN for Elite Blog Academy

Family Balance Sheet

Do you see other bloggers making a full-time income from their site and wonder, “how do they do that?” For me, this course came at the right time. Create a solid working business plan to take your blogging business to the next level.

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Start Saving Early for Retirement: Tips for Young People Just Starting Out

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

‘The time to start saving for retirement is yesterday’ quipped the financial advisor. The second-best time to start is today! These surveys show quite clearly that a huge section of the working population is not making any contribution towards their retirement funding.

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4 Things Your Child Can Do Instead of Going Immediately to College

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Volunteer or work in their field. If so, rather than jumping right into college, your child might benefit by taking the time to volunteer or work in the field first to make sure it is right for her. Work a minimum wage job.

Alternatives to Student Loans to Fund Your Education

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

When I was in high school , I worked two (sometimes three) jobs so that I could go to college. Being a reckless teenager, I ended up spending most of the money I earned on nights out and dresses, but the purpose of my working so much during high school was to put myself through school.

What Should I Look for in a Business School?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

For example, an MBA with a focus in management can synergize with a wide variety of undergraduate majors, providing those with an expertise in, say, science or medicine with the leadership skills needed to take charge of teams and manage personnel working under them. And the traditional method does have its upsides—networking is far easier when you’re in a classroom with all of the same people, and you’ll be able to dedicate your full effort to learning.

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Do You Hate Your Job?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

He worked long hours at a high pressure job he really didn’t believe in and it took a toll. The work just kept coming at him and although he did work lots of paid overtime, he could never get ahead of it. The pressure from management to keep the ‘queue’ of work down was relentless. We eventually alleviated the situation when I retrained for a high paying career and went to work full time (after those 10 years at home with the kids).

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Unhappy With Your Job? How to Make Yourself Happier

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

I fought long and hard to get into the company I work for. I started two years ago and have worked my way into a spot that I thought would make me happy since. Because I approached her, she began giving me some more challenging work. I am in an odd place with my current job.

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4 Reasons to Graduate Debt-Free

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We have graduates with degrees working at Starbucks, barely making enough to pay back their loans. It was hard work, and required me to work almost full-time to pay for my tuition and living expenses while I was still going to school.

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Friday Links – Cabin Edition

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Gosh time flies. I think that is pretty good with working full time and studying. Happy Friday everyone. Hope this past week has treated you well. I wrote a test for my course and did good on it so that has taken some heat off.

Seven Questions to Answer Before You Retire

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

For many, inertia and fear of the unknown keep us plugging away at sub-prime careers far past the time we should leave. How can you know when the time is right for you to retire? Otherwise, you probably still need the money from working and shouldn’t retire.

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The Best and Worst Times to Side Hustle

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Through my personal experience I’ve learned that side hustles, just like anything else, are prone to good times and bad times. The Best Times To Side Hustle…. The Worst Times to Side Hustle…. In a Time Crunch. What are your best side hustle timing tips?

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Expect More from Your Daughters

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

“ Did you know that in 2014, women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 79 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 21 percent?” We should expect more, not less, from our daughters and granddaughters in the work arena. At the same time, we have to establish different expectations on the home front for our sons and grandsons. At the same time, we should have higher expectations from our sons on the home front.

4 Hobbies for Adulthood

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Putting your hands in the dirt and nurturing different plants to grow in different environments fulfills a primal instinct that goes beyond just filling your time. When you are working full-time and have other mouths to feed, being in the kitchen doesn’t always sound relaxing. No matter which hobby you decide to take up, get ready to spend your time dedicated to new and exciting activities.

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Easy Ways to Build Up Your Savings

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

That worked for a little while, but as an adult, I needed to be fiscally responsible for myself and learn some impulse control. As the time passed, I was able to figure out ways to save more money and stay on top of my finances. I’m all about the small steps lately, because they work.

Meet Carrie. She Paid Off $14,000 in Debt in 14 Months.

Family Balance Sheet

After nearly a decade of working my way up the career ladder, I quit my small business accounting job to start my blog, Careful Cents. My husband is a personal chef, so he travels a lot for work and moves around the country to learn new styles of cooking.

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How to Take the Stress Out of Job Hunting

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

By the time you’ve finished reading, you should feel a lot stronger and more confident too! At the same time, you’ll need to make sure that you compare your options online using sites like Remember that you put enough time aside to proofread the email too – as the last thing you want to do is make the wrong impression with some spelling mistakes. The journey you take when looking for a new job can be filled with stress and anxiety.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Blog Even If You Don’t Make Money From It

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

I am in awe of those who make a full-time living from their blogs and even have to higher assistants so they don’t have to work 80 hours a week themselves keeping their blogs running. I admit to being slightly envious of those who make a good income from their blogs.

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When Should Your Teenager Get a Job?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

The conversation was brought on when my colleague told me that he wasn’t allowed to get a job while he was in high school because his parents thought he was too young to work. It also taught me the value of hard work and gave me a fresh dose of independence which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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How Krystal and Josh paid off $80k in 4 years!

Family Balance Sheet

works in outbound sales, and I teach part-time. We have a huge heart for missions work. working full time at a low-paying job and going to grad school full time, while my husband was working multiple jobs just to help us make ends meet.

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Take Control of Your Retirement Planning in 2016

Family Balance Sheet

It is only possible if YOU make it happen, but it will take hard work and preparation. Do you want to spend time on your hobbies? People will spend hours planning a one week’s vacation, but fail to put in time to plan their retirement years that could last decades.

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Find out How Acadia & Her Husband Paid off $97,000 in Student Loans

Family Balance Sheet

My husband works as an architect and I teach art part time at my son’s school. It took us two years of my husband working full-time at his job and then using every other second to work on the house. Today’s Debt Free Story is from Acadia.

Prairie Eco-Thrifter Was Included in Five Carnivals This Week

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

My post, My Story on How to Successfully Take Courses While Still Working Full-Time , was included in the Carnival of Financial Camaraderie #32 hosted by Young and Thrifty as well as the Financial Carnival for Young Adults #11 hosted by 20’s Finances. Many thanks to One Cent at a Time who hosted the Yakezie Carnival – The Facebook IPO Edition and included my post, The 5 Dimensions of a Meaningful Life.

Find out How Drew & Farrah Paid off $200k of debt, including their HOME

Family Balance Sheet

Drew works full time for Department of Defense. Farrah works part time for Department of Defense. We love church and missions work. It’s been busy with the babies and so much work/income that hobbies lately have been sleeping (if we can) and traveling.

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Friday Links – Back in Class Edition

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

There is nothing more relaxing than spending time in nature on a hopefully hot and sunny summer weekend. It helps take some pressure off that is for sure especially when I am still working full time while taking this course.

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Cutting the Gender Wage Gap

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Many reasons are given for this fact, including things like taking time off for children; picking low paying jobs; only working part time and yes, discrimination. See full methodology. Why shouldn’t he be the one to take time off to go get the sick kid from school?

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Want Financial Freedom? Become an Entrepreneur

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Not only does starting up your own business free up your time, but it also means that you are only accountable to yourself and no one else. Without good work habits and the right discipline, it is easy to get sidetracked by menial things.

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Save Money with Geothermal Heat

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Myth: Geothermal heat pumps only work in rural areas where there is lots of land to put the collector system. Myth: Geothermal heat pumps don’t work. They degrade over time and they don’t save you that much money.

Designate a Family Office Manager | Marriage & Money

Family Balance Sheet

I read Millionaire Women Next Door around the same time that I became a mother and left the full-time work force to stay at home with our new baby. Pay bills in a timely manner. Set aside time each week to work on tasks. Many years ago I read Thomas J.

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Couponing 101 Update

Couponing 101

Despite having an AMAZING team, the amount of work I needed to do every day to run this site became more than I could physically keep up with. My husband is working full-time and going to school part-time, which means he is gone for most of the day. My kids are now in 4th and 6th grades, so the amount of homeschool work has increased quite a bit as well. I felt so drained ALL the time and it was beginning to really affect my health.

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Imagining Your Retirement

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Or perhaps you want to find time for that hobby that you can never seem to fit into your busy schedule. In doing so, it forces you to work towards accomplishing this goal. In fact, thinking about your retirement now can help make the adjustment socially when it comes time to adjust.

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How to Motivate Yourself to Clean your House

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

While I love everything to be clean and tidy, I don’t obsess about dust behind the sofa or streaks on the windows from time to time. For myself, what didn’t get done before lunch just didn’t get done, when I was home full time.

Saving Money on Food While On the Road

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Well, as much as somebody who works full time is ever able to be. but even if you don’t have a full kitchen in your accommodation, you can still save a lot of money by grocery shopping for your food when you get to your destination.