The Book is Closed on our Old Home

So I am closing the book on the old house and many wanted to know the final chapter.  There is not much to tell, and this will be the last time I will bring it up here, but I didn't want to leave you wondering.  So to understand it all, especially if you have joined us in the last couple of months, here's a recap of the posts regarding my housing debacle. Three Years, Six Moves - When I wrote t [...]

How to Buy "Cheap" Super Bowl Tickets 2015?

If you are looking to buy Super Bowl 49 tickets for the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on February 1, 2015 in Arizona, trying to buy cheap tickets is a relative term. With the face value of Super Bowl tickets ranging from $800 - $1900, the tickets are going to be expensive. The fact that you won't be able to purchase one for anywhere near face value, especially [...]

An Update on Small Space Living - Hope

Several readers expressed interest in how living in a tiny space worked out for us.  I have written a couple of posts about it at my personal blog: Multi-use Spaces Sleeping Arrangements But I thought I would give you a tiny glimpse into how things are going now that we've been here for four months. First and foremost, we are still living without a microwave, and frankly I do not miss it at al [...]

A Small Victory - Utilties Paid

As of today, this morning, all utilities for the old house are paid in full - the water, the sewer, the trash collection, the electricity, the gas, the landscaping, etc ALL PAID.  This means all ties to that house and financially to my dad have been severed.  You have no idea how exciting this is to me.  It has been a terribly hard few months, but now officially it is over! Now I can stop lo [...]

Last Minute Super Bowl Party Checklist

With Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks less than a week away, you may have decided to host a party -- or maybe you're still planning to shop for the party you promised to host. Like a lot of people, you may have only just begun to consider what you'll need for the big event. If so, here's a list of some must-haves for your Super Bowl Party, and don't forget that [...]

Patriots Seahawks Super Bowl 49: The Most Expensive Tickets Ever

The Super Bowl marks the end of the NFL football season and for many, "Super Bowl Sunday" is akin to a national holiday. Oftentimes, the Super Bowl is cited as the most watched American broadcast of the year and as such, millions of fans would do close to anything to purchase tickets to this big event. But in the two weeks between the final playoff games that determine the teams going to the Super [...]

When Is the Last Day to Sign up for Health Insurance 2015?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), known simply as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or "ObamaCare" was signed into law on Mar. 23, 2010, and represents the "most significant regulatory overhaul" of the U.S. healthcare system since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The purpose of the ACA is to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance. By e [...]

Technical Difficulties

I've been writing my posts on Monday nights so I can publish them for everyone first thing Tuesday morning, but this Monday night my computer decided not to cooperate. I'm currently writing this from my iPhone but I plan on provided a full update once I get my computer up and running this afternoon, assuming (and hoping) it's an easy fix. [...]

Tips to Get the Best Car Insurance Quote

Are you thinking about getting new car insurance? Before you do, it will be well worth your time to find out how you can get the best quote. Any insurance company can give you car insurance quotes, but in order to ensure that your quotes are as accurate as possible, you will want to keep the following tips in mind: Be As Accurate As Possible With Your Information In order to get an accurate [...]

New England Patriots Seattle Seahawks Free 2015 Printable Football Squares Chart

With the Super Bowl just around the corner, it's common for people to begin getting ready for the game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. One of the questions which often arises is, "How do you play Super Bowl football squares?" For those who only play the game once a year when the championship game comes around, it's not necessarily obvious simply by looking at the chart. The [...]

Interest Payments

It's that time of year again....TAX time!!! Maybe some think of it as a "fun" time of year, particularly if you are expecting a refund (in which case...why are you doing that?? You're essentially loaning the government money interest-free for a period of time! Change your withholdings so you end up with a smaller return. That means you'll get more money in each paycheck!) For our little fami [...]

Ashley's January Debt Update

I pre-wrote and scheduled a couple of posts for today because I'll be doing my campus interview all day (my itinerary is from 9am-7pm)!!! I probably won't have a chance to respond to any comments until tonight or tomorrow so I just wanted to give you a heads up on that. Please send me some good vibes, positive thoughts/energy, prayers, good juju, whatever works for you! I am trying to come off as [...]

Opportunity to See Huge Asteroid Flyby Earth on Monday

Asteroids are minor planets of the inner Solar System. Described as small, airless "rocky worlds" orbiting our Sun, the mass of all discovered asteroids "is [still] less than that of the Earth's moon." However, asteroids can be dangerous as seen on Feb. 15, 2014, when an asteroid hurled into the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, creating a shock wave that injured 1,200 people. Luckily, such even [...]

Unmanned Drones May Have a Major Impact on US Food Supply and Lower Prices

We are all quite accustomed to hearing about drones in the context of military and police activities. Drones or technically unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are a type of aircraft without a human pilot and have indeed been traditionally deployed for military and special operations. Recently, however, drones have been used in a growing number of civil applications beyond policing, such as the [...]

California DMV Reconsiders Commercial License Plates for Uber, Lyft and Sidecar

Uber is an app-based taxi company founded in 2009, which operates in over 200 cities and 53 countries worldwide (and counting). Use of the company's app allows people to send ride requests, which the company then forwards to its drivers. Currently, the company is valued at over $40 billion and is on track to post an annual revenue of $10 billion dollars at the end of this year, as reported by Busi [...]

Study Says Pregnant Women Eating Ocean Fish Can Be More Beneficial than Harmful

For years, women have been told to avoid eating ocean fish during pregnancy over fears of mercury contamination. However, a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) on Jan. 21 has provided evidence that the benefits of consuming fish far outweigh the risks associated with exposure to mercury. Originally, researchers believed that the consumption of fish d [...]

A Lock of Hair from President Lincoln Fetches $25000 at Auction

The body parts of dead celebrities have been stolen or auctioned off for large sums of money. According to Fox News, examples include Albert Einstein's eyes, Oliver Cromwell's head, Galileo's fingers, Beethoven's ear bones and many more celebrities and body parts. But at times, money is not the motivating factor for the theft of body parts. Instead, the thieves see body parts as "bits of historica [...]

eSight Gives Legally Blind Mom a Chance to See Her Baby for the First Time

While some scientists and entrepreneurs invest in medical innovations such as stem cells and other such biologically based therapies to restore sight, others are focusing on technological breakthroughs to enable the blind to see. eSight is one such company focusing on technology by using electronic glasses to restore sight. And based on user stories from the company's website, eSight's tech [...]

More Interview Questions

First, I just want to say thank you for all the great comments and feedback on the vasectomy post! There's no immediate rush to make a decision TODAY, so I think we're going to take a little time still, but its been great to hear your experiences and thoughts on the matter! I know you're all probably getting really sick of hearing about my interview again and again. If you're new or need a [...]

What Are Stock Options?

Have you heard of trading options, but are unsure what that entails? If you've always wanted to ask, "What are stock options?" this article is for you. To many people, trading stocks means one very specific thing. It entails buying shares in a company and then selling them for a profit. This is far from the only way you can make money from stocks, however. If you haven't heard of options tradin [...]