stupid money mistakes
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I Still Can’t Believe I Made This Money Mistake

It’s Monday and I think I am going to go a little personal today. The purpose of Debt Roundup is to show you that we are all human and we make mistakes. We also have to learn from those mistakes and grow. If we don’t, then we are going to make the same mistakes over and over again. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to repeat failure. I only like to repeat my successes. On that note, I want to share one of my biggest money mistakes. I would say it is embarrassing, but stuff happens and I just learn how to deal with it.

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HolidaysSaving Money

How to Make Your 4th of July Cookout Healthy and Affordable

4th of July is one of those holidays that can get pretty pricey with food and beverages pretty quickly. I love attending cookouts and sometimes having one of my own for this festive holiday. However, when hosting one, I have found that they can put a huge dent in my wallet if I am not careful. I have also noticed that most of the food I run across at these cookouts are less than healthy, …

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Stop chasing the jonses. They suck
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Stop Chasing the Joneses. They Suck!

It’s the American “dream” to have two cars, two incomes, kids, pets, gadgets, a nice yard, a beautiful home both inside and out, and take vacations every year to gorgeous and exotic locations. We want all of this along with a fat bank account. But what is it costing you? Your friends go to the nicest restaurants and latest movies and so do you. They have the coolest phones and computers, so naturally you need …

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6 Quick Ways to Save Money on Living Expenses
Saving Money

6 Quick Ways to Save Money on Living Expenses

Most people will tell you that they are aware of the importance of saving money, and living within their means. The sad fact is many people live well above their means, going deep into debt just to fund a lifestyle that they cannot afford. I used to be one of those people. Heck, I was in over $75,000 of debt trying to build a business and buy things that impressed my friends. I didn’t care …

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Saving Money

How to Reduce the Costs of Damage from a Summer Storm

Every summer without fail, for as long as I can remember anyway, we have had at least one storm that has caused property damage to either my parent’s house or that of a close neighbor or friend. Summer storms can be a real concern in the Midwest because they often lead to tornadoes in the blink of an eye. Although the absolute worst case scenario is when a whole town is destroyed and the potential …

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last minute fathers day gift ideas
Holidays

7 Easy Last Minute Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

If you forgot, Father’s Day is this Sunday, 6/19.  I don’t think much about gifts for Father’s Day because I have a hard enough time to come up with gift ideas for my birthday.  As I have grown older, I have enjoyed spending time with family over the material gifts.  So, I like the experiences and the memories over the gifts. I know that’s not true for everyone, but it is for me. You can only …

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Saving Money

5 Simple Ways Women Can Save on Personal Maintenance

I think most women will agree that personal maintenance and hygiene are important for a lot of different reasons. They are important for the health and well-being of ourselves and also of others, and good hygiene impacts our appearance and how others interact with us (because no one likes the smell of B.O.). It can even mean the difference between getting hired or not  when you apply for a desired job. But the cost of …

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The easiest way to save money when shopping online
Saving MoneyShopping

This is the Easiest Way to Save Money When Shopping Online

Wow, I can’t believe I hadn’t know about this little money saving secret before. I feel like I’ve missed the boat big time. I shop online so often, it borders on compulsive. I really don’t go to stores much unless it’s the grocery store or I need to see an item before actually buying it. OK, secret is a strong word, but this little thing is really, truly, the easiest way to save money when …

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10 Cheap and Fun Summer Activities for the Whole Family
Saving Money

10 Cheap and Fun Summer Activities for Families

At long last, summer has arrived and school is out (or nearly out) in most parts of the country! Although kids and adults both tend to look forward to summer, it may not be long before parents will hear the familiar complaints of, “I’m so bored!”  The task of entertaining children is not always an easy one, especially if you have children of different ages, and it can be made even harder if you are …

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Can cutting cable really save you money?
Saving Money

Does Cutting Cable Really Save You Money?

I’m going to get real with you for a few minutes. As an advocate for cutting cable for many purposes, I have seen a trend of many companies coming out catering toward “cord cutters.” I look at these services and see if they are worth my time, energy, and money. Beyond saving money, I’m a fan of cutting cable as it provides you with more free time to look at earning more, spending time with …

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