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Finances and Fertility Update or Part III

Finances and Fertility Update or Part III

Over the past few months I have posted a couple of times of our journey through infertility (you can read here, here, and here). Considering this blog is primarily about personal finance I will stick with that, but let me say that I can understand how others say this is such a stressful process. With all of the appointments, needles, medication, and anticipation for something that is not guaranteed to work it is downright maddening. However, there is somewhat good…

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Four Semester Goals

Four Semester Goals

Please excuse if this post isn’t totally about personal finance. However, it is that time of year again and school is about to begin. Some people lament the end of summer. I love it. I love students coming back to my university, seeing new students, colleagues, staff, and just greater possibilities for the coming year. One of my saddest times of the year is when graduation occurs because I may never see some of these amazing young people again. So…

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Curtailing My Money Obsession

Curtailing My Money Obsession

I have been writing this blog for just under two years now. I have written posts on how I have tried to reduce debt, advice on investing, buying a home, etc. I think it is safe to say that I am passionate about personal finance. However, like any passion I think I might have gone overboard a little bit. I find myself spending my days thinking about the best ways to pay off my debt or to invest. I consistently…

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December Monthly Challenges

December Monthly Challenges

As has been a tradition for the past few months I put forward a few personal challenges for me this month. As a reminder these were November’s challenges: Submit book proposal to publishers. This should be doable because I have finished a rough draft of it. I am just waiting on my writing partner for his feedback–FAIL. However, there was a reason for this. I am waiting for my colleague to get some changes back. I did meet with a…

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November Monthly Challenge

November Monthly Challenge

It is that time of the month again, which means I review how the previous month went with my challenges. Here were October’s Challenges: Clean up our yard and put away all Spring/Summer items for the fall and winter.–PARTIAL SUCCESS, I put away a number of items, but because of warm weather kept the air conditioners out even though we don’t use them now. Finish the conference paper–MASSIVE FAILURE. I have barely started on it. I have three more weeks,…

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October Monthly Challenges

October Monthly Challenges

Time to update my challenges from the previous month and continue with some October challenges. I would’ve done this sooner, but it has been a busy six days so far. To recap here were my September challenges: Go to the gym at least three times a week–SUCCESS! This really shouldn’t even be a goal because I do it every week. But I accomplished the goal. Reduce our food budget by $100–FAIL. Part of that failure was because we went to…

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July Challenges

July Challenges

I should’ve posted this update last week, but with the holiday I got caught up in other things. I am also trying to only blog a couple of times a week and focus on other forms of writing. So before we begin with July challenges let’s see how June went: 1) Eat only three meals a day–FAILURE! I think this will always be a work in progress I need to focus on reducing my snackage intake or going to like…

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June Challenges

June Challenges

This update on my May Challenges is way late. I should’ve done this while I was in China, but preoccupied with other things. To review here were my challenges for the month of May. 1) Continue to hit the gym 4x a week–Success. Technically, I did not hit the gym 4x a week for the last week or so of the semester. But considering that I walked an average of six miles a day while I was in China (that…

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May Monthly Challenges

May Monthly Challenges

It is that time of the month to set some new goals and review the previous months worth. Just to recap from April my challenges were: 1) Hit the gym 4x a week–Sort of Success. I went to a conference last week and I fully admit I didn’t hit the gym while I was there because I forgot workout clothes. I did walk about two miles per day, but that isn’t the same. 2) Add $1200 to our savings account.–Success….

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March Challenges

March Challenges

As I write this post it is snowing again up in the Northeast. I admit I have snow fatigue and want to go somewhere warm. However, that will have to wait for another time because I will be shoveling in the morning. This winter has been a record setter for much of New England, including February. I am originally from the great state of Minnesota, but have never seen snow like this before. It almost makes me want to move…

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