Nothing like another Spring Break vacation at home. I’ve grown weary of the term “staycation,” so I refuse to call it that this year. With all that has been going on with us personally we decided it didn’t make sense to spend the money to head out on a vacation this year. I’ve already started a vacation fund for next year though, because I don’t think my wife and kids will let us get away with another year at home!
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Save Money at Baseball Games. We’re headed to a spring football game this weekend, and I’ll plan to apply many of these great tips. The only caveat, I’ll have to spring for a bag of spicy boiled peanuts and an ice cold Coca Cola. Sorry, but it’s a tradition! (@Lazy Man and Money)
How Do You Know When You Have Enough? I really enjoyed this post, especially the section, “Four Qualities of Enoughness.” Recognizing you have reached “enough” is a fundamental milestone in leading a frugal lifestyle. Without reaching contentment you will constantly want more and more stuff. (@My Two Dollars)
Living Your Passion: What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur. Jeff does a powerful job of breaking down the main ingredient required – G.R.I.T. Read on to find what the letters stand for, and then act on them to live your passion. (@My Super-Charged Life)
Nine Pieces of Software I Use Every Day. I resisted using Tweetdeck until reading this endorsement from Trent. I’m glad I did. It makes following a large number of Twitter users much easier to manage. Several other nuggets in this article, too! (@The Simple Dollar)
Taking Control of Your Life By Finding Balance. Enjoyed this article and the ideas presented, particularly the part about creating boundaries. I need to do a better job of compartmentalizing my life – work, home, blogging, instead of allowing these things to bleed over into one another.(@Money Smart Life)
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Site of the Week
Repair Pal. This week I have had to get some work done on my 19 year-old van. There’s a point where parts are cheaper the older the vehicle gets, and then the curve starts to go up again as things are harder to find. Fortunately, it is a GMC van, and the 1990-1995 parts are still pretty easy to find. RepairPal.com provides estimates for the most frequent repair jobs for your particularl model. The estimates are broad, but it should give you a reference point to help determine if your mechanic is giving you the shaft.