How to Get Anything You Want in Life

positive thinking“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

                                                                                                                                        – Mahatma Gandhi

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My Frugal Trip to Denver with Credit Card Rewards

denverEarly this morning, I left on the first non-stop flight from Indianapolis to Denver to catch an epic Pearl Jam concert that is set to take place at 7:30 tonight.  Our plane left at 6:50 which means that we had to be at the airport at 4:00 a.m. <Gulp>, which is why I might be slow to reply to comments today.  We arrive in Denver at 8:30 a.m. so I do plan to work for a few hours once we get there.  After that, I suppose we’ll drive around and kill some time until the concert.

Fortunately, the vast majority of this trip was paid for with credit card rewards.  Here’s how it went down. [Read more...]

Confessions of a Landlord: I Never Raise the Rent

rentAs most of you know, Greg and I are the owners of two single family rental properties in Central Indiana.  We have owned them since 2006, which means that we’ve been doing the whole landlord thing for quite a while.  And although we have experienced our fair share of challenges, being a landlord has been fairly uneventful overall.  Obviously, I would really like it to stay that way.  [Read more...]

Alternatives to Manufactured Spending

Trips to Walmart ARE NOT worth it.

Trips to Walmart ARE NOT worth it.

Although I generally only cover topics within the realm of personal finance and frugality, writing about travel is my hands-down favorite thing to do.  And as a writer for Frugal Travel Guy, I know I’m slightly preoccupied with the latest credit card signup bonuses, destinations, and hot deals. [Read more...]

Who Sabotages Your Christmas Budget?

santapiggyThere was a time in my life when I absolutely hated the holiday season, and it was mainly because I worked nearly every weekend in December for six years straight.

I’m sure you are wondering why I would do such a thing, but I can assure you that I didn’t have a choice.   At my old mortuary job, we had grief events, holiday outings, and memorial get-togethers with a holiday theme.

Believe me when I say that it was not optional. [Read more...]

The Difference Between Jealousy and Envy

jealousDuring a long car ride last week, Greg and I found ourselves listening to Dave Ramsey’s talk radio show.  Since I don’t drive a lot and never listen to anything during the day, it was a rare treat.  Guests on the show included people who were in debt and didn’t know how to get out as well as a few people who had their financial lives together.

Then, later in the program, Ramsey got off-topic and started talking about the difference between jealousy and envy. [Read more...]