How Peanutbutter, Bananas and Oats are a Recipe for Financial Success

In this day and age, where peer pressure, marketing and temptation are around us to spend money, there has always been my one “go to” to keep myself in financial check.  Food typically is a higher expense on a monthly budget and I have found a recipe for success that works for me, to keep that expense category down through the majority of a month.  How do I keep this significant line item in check?  One of my recipes for financial success boils down to nothing other than peanutbutter, bananas and oats!  What am I talking about?  Let’s dive into the fun details to see where I am coming from with this trifecta of awesomeness.

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House Project Lessons – Refinishing Your Hardwood Floors Affordably

Finding the right person to refinish our hardwood floors was not an easy process, that’s for sure.  I spent a lot of hours scouring the internet searching for the perfect company.  I read countless reviews, scrolled through hundreds of pictures, read dozens of blog articles about how to affordably refinish our hardwood floors.  So I wanted to share some tips from our experience or knowledge I learned throughout the process to help others that are looking to have a similar project performed on their house without breaking the bank. Continue reading

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The Diplomats’ October Side Hustle Report

Another month is in the books!  What does that mean?  Another 31 days where we were able to earn extra money in order to pursue financial freedom.  October was not as bountiful from side hustle activities as months in the past, but we were still able to rack in a few extra bucks.  Always remember, every dollar counts in the pursuit.  Grab that cup of coffee and check out our October Side Hustle Report!

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5 Benefits of Getting Rid of your “Stuff”

Hello everyone!  I hope that this article finds you well, as you navigate to create a simpler life.  We all have so much “stuff” and it’s amazing the amount of resources owning/collecting this “stuff” takes from our lives.  I wanted to share my viewpoints on the benefits I have been receiving while getting rid of my belongings, one day at a time.  This article hopefully can add value to your life, by seeing the value of having less can do for you emotionally, financially and (for lack of better word) resourcefully.

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Saving $2,000 on one House Project

I thought the title may lure you in.  My hands are beat up and dirty after the work that I did on Sunday, September 17th.  Let’s just say, I can now officially be called an Italian, as mixing and laying concrete was involved.  I’m excited to tell you about how I was able to save over $2,000 on one house project that I ended up doing myself.

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Nothing Matters More Than Your Savings Rate

Nothing Matters More than your Savings rate. Now that I’ve been in deep on the journey to financial freedom, one learns quite a bit. From investing, making every dollar and hour count, to maximizing your investments to the highest level with tax efficient accounts.  Additionally, I’ve learned the utmost importance of having an extremely high savings rate.  One cannot do any of the items above if you spend all of your money!

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How Traveling for Work Led to an Unexpected Housing Expense

I feel like I am just stuck in a rut right now.   A lot of exciting things are going on at the moment, and I know that I should be enjoying them.  We finally closed on our house and the title is in our name.  The thought of home-ownership was at one point a dream and now it is a reality.   Now the projects begin.  We have an apartment to pack, wallpaper to tear down, walls to pain, hardwood floors to re-finish, and other projects that will emerge at the blink of an eye.   This should be fun; this should be exciting.  But something feels off right now as I write this article from my hotel room.  After sitting at the same looking desk that I have sat at so many times at every Hampton Inn in “you name it” city, it finally it me.  The reason I am feeling off right now is not because of the volume of work that has to be done on my house, but rather, the fact that I will be traveling a lot for work over the next few months  is having negative impact on my ability to complete these projects and even worse, my savings account.

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