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Jennifer Oliver
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15 Ways to Save Money and Reduce Waste
Reducing waste inherently saves money.  The two go hand in hand. I'm not sure why that fact alone hasn't caused more people to become waste-conscious. If they can't get motivated by the destruction they're leaving on this planet for future generations, sure...

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Financial Update: April 2017
We got ON IT this month. - I earned a month's worth of pay at my second job, which helped EVERYTHING - We stuck to our written budget  - We used our cash envelopes perfectly (paid for everything using cash except fuel, which we use debit cards for) - We rea...

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The Lie of College: An Ode to Student Loans
If I had it to do over again, I don't know if I'd go to college. Crazy, right? I enjoyed college. I really did. And I'm talking about the actual classes themselves (my free time in college was spent actually doing my homework or watching The X-Files re-runs...

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Saying "No" Like Grandma: Living Within Your Means
We're an entitled generation. Everyone is supposed to have their own car at sixteen. Everyone is supposed to go to college. Everyone is supposed to find love and a sparkly ring. Everyone is supposed to have an expensive, Pinterest-worthy wedding and recepti...

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The Homestead Diet
Ever since I was a nine-year-old girl obsessed with Little House on the Prairie,  I've dreamed of living a quiet, simple life in the country. Mawmaw, my dad's mom, ran a cattle farm in rural Alabama, and back in the 90's, we visited her at least once a week...

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Financial Update: March 2017
Welcome back, debt snowball! I am so excited to report that after our sobering budget meeting at the end of February , our anger toward our debt reignited and we started kicking butt again. During the month of March:  - We made a written budget and stuck to...

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Financial Update: February 2017
It's been a while. And it's not gonna be pretty. My last financial update post was in September 2016 . We had just completed our first full year of following Dave Ramsey's methods and paid off over $10,000 in debt. Financially, things were looking pretty su...

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Added Value: February
In January, I began a new blog series called Added Value , inspired by a podcast tradition of  The Minimalists . Life Is for Living has been quiet throughout February, unfortunately, due to miscellaneous up-and-down life situations. I haven't had much posit...

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Added Value: January
Negativity is everywhere . I'm sure you've noticed. Almost everything I've read/seen/heard lately has done nothing but discourage, drain, and worry me. As a writer and blogger, I don't want to add to that noise. Inspired by a practice of  The Minimalists , ...

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What I Learned from a 7 Day Media Fast
Sunday, January 15, I went to church with my sister. The pastor's topic that day was controlling your thoughts, a commonly discussed subject in the Bible that becomes more and more relevant with technological advancements. Our brains are constantly being in...
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