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Summary:

Title is self-explanatory.

Opinion:

Oh, my God! This book was hilarious!!! Don’t have to have read The Total Money Makeover to find this book funny, but it helps. Jon sarcastically and humorously expounds on questions that are on all our minds: Does Dave only own blue shirts? What is the appropriate attire for attending Financial Peace University? New ideas to improve the Ask Dave Ramsey app, and much more!

Recommended very much!

© Cori Large November 2013

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Summary:

This book is a compilation of essays from those that value a simpler and more frugal lifestyle. Topics range from everyday living to dumpster diving to not getting hosed by the funeral industry to living cheaply during the college years.

Opinion:

I’m currently trying to change my lifestyle to be simpler and much less consumerism chaos. I got some great tips from the book and have included those below.

© Cori Endicott September 2013

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Summary:

Dave Ramsey teaches readers how to conquer their pile of debt, build an emergency fund, and save properly for the future. He makes it very clear that this isn’t a get rich quick scheme; that it will take lots of hard work and dedication. His motto, Live like no one else, so you can one day live like no one else, may not make sense at first, but when you do finally comprehend it, you will feel inspired.

Opinion:

Truth: for the longest time I thought Dave Ramsey was some other financial guru who likes to hear himself talk. I was given the audio book as a gift from someone who had tried his method and it worked for her family. He does have good ideas, thought I’m not a complete convert. Once fiancé listens to it as well, we’re going to discuss what we’d like to implement in our financial life.

Dave Ramsey’s website had a lot of helpful tools. He also has an afternoon radio show on AM 540 where he takes phone calls and tries to help people through their financial questions on air.

© Cori Endicott March 8, 2013

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how fiancé and I put up a clothesline. My idea was that it would save us money on our electric bill. Right now I’m having to get used to only doing one load at a time. I’ve been used to getting all my laundry done in a day. Don’t have the space for that goal YET! Maybe one day.

We received our next electric bill. Unfortunately, we did not save anything. However, this can be attributed to that fact the weather dropped to the 40s and we had to turn the heater on 4 days in a row. Never again! I’ll pile all the blankets we have on the bed instead of turning the heater on.

Here’s a picture!

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Now onto Month 2 with clothesline! Hopefully the weather will cooperate in more that one way (no rain, not cold) and I’ll be able to report success next time.

© Cori Endicott March 2013

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When fiance and I moved into an apartment, one of the things we asked about was putting up a clothesline. I was looking at it from a money-saving perspective. Fiance grew up with a clothesline so he had no problem with it.

We were told that we couldn’t attach anything to the building structure or anything in anyway fly off the balcony. We ended up copying another tenant’s idea that seemed to be within the parameters.

We hooked paracord around one railing and strung it across the 12 foot space and back again at an angle to create a V-shape. It’s hooked at both ends so we can take it down when needed, AND there’s not damage to the railings!

We set it up yesterday (3/3/2013) and put the first load out. It happened to be a really windy day. I was worried that the wind would pick up too much and I’d watch helplessly as the clothes flew away.

Before bed, we brought everything in. 60% of was dry and ready to be put away, the rest was hung up on hangers and put in the spare bathroom. I didn’t want to leave it outside overnight, mainly because of my fear of stuff flying away.

Our goal is to completely line dry our laundry this month to see how it affects our power bill. No pictures yet, but I’ll get one to add it.

P.S. I have a big rosemary plant and aloe plant that my shirts were catching on. It was amusing. 🙂

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