How to Simplify your Life

You can simplify your life with many of these tips and techniques. These articles touch on everything from organization of your financial life to living a minimalist lifestyle.

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Other articles to help organize or simplify your life…

My spreadsheet you can steal to get your financial life on one page

Financial Life on One Page

Being impacted by my uncle’s premature death and wanting to do everything I can do to help my wife, I decided to create a system for keeping things organized. It has been a work in progress over the last few years, but has evolved into a very helpful tool…

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7 Meals in 1 Hour: How to Meal Plan & Shop for the Busy Working Parent


It was 5:30 at night, I was in my work clothes, the kids were cranky, we were all hungry, and I found myself standing in front of the refrigerator again, waiting for something to happen (specifically a healthy meal to jump onto the table leaving us happy and satisfied). After months of this scenario on […]

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How Your Family Can Take Back Christmas!

How your family can take back christmas

Over the years, Jan and I have seen the joy of Christmas turn to stress as we annually exhausted ourselves with shopping lists, shopping extravagances, and mounds of gifts to be wrapped and delivered. We had allowed Christmas to become our master, and we found ourselves enduring rather than enjoying the season . . . .

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7 Thoughtful Ways To Raise Non-Materialistic Children

If you want to raise kids who aren't always obsessed with the latest and greatest, and who don't wrap their self-esteem in their possessions, then check out some of these tips to raise non-materialistic children -

Ironically, many children raised in wealth demonstrate the same tendencies as those who are raised in extreme poverty: depression, despair, attempted suicide, drug and alcohol use, and shoplifting. Why this behavior? The parents, who are way too busy making money, sacrifice meaningful time with their children.

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4 Cheap Healthy Meal Plans for Families

Let’s face it; cooking is a part of our lives — every single day of our lives, forever. Consequently, we often get bored with planning healthy meals for our families. So here are 4 healthy and cheap #meal plans for families to make your life just a little easier!

Meal planning doesn’t have to be complicated. Services exist to help you — but beware. Before signing up for a menu-planning service, make sure their food philosophy lines up with yours. You don’t want them sending you meat dishes if you are vegetarian. Nor do you want the recipe for biscuits to include two cups of Bisquick® when you prefer to cook from scratch.

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What to do when you hate your job

What you should do when you hate your job

These are 4 important things to do when you hate your job…

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A Checklist To Get Your Financial Affairs In Order

A checklist to get your financial affairs in order

First, allow me to give honor where honor is due. This post was inspired by Qantas Airlines as we took off from Brisbane, Australia. During take off, we had a lot of turbulence, and for a moment I wondered if I had all my personal affairs in order . . . .

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My Checklist To Financial Freedom

Download this free personal financial checklist here

I love checklists. Especially when I want to make progress in a particular area but don’t exactly know what steps to take. This is a personal financial checklist that covers many of the steps I have taken over last decade that have helped me move from being a financial mess to having a little bit of an idea of what’s going on.

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12 Ways To Turn a Bad Day Into a Better One

They are inevitable. Bad days happen to everyone. But, there are things you can do to make them better. Here are 12 simple things you can do right now to improve your day!

Bad days are inevitable. They happen to everyone. But, there are things you can do to make them better. Here are a few of my favorite ways to turn a bad day around…

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9 Creative Ways to Say Thank You


These are my favorite creative ways to say thank you… A lot of respect can be earned or lost by our ability to say thanks. It may not be the way it should be, but some people really take offense if they don’t receive a thank you card within 30 days of sending a wedding gift. And have you ever held the door for someone who didn’t even acknowledge your presence, much less say, “thanks”?

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How to Listen to the Bible for Free and Change Your Life


Many Christians – including myself – have struggled with reading the Bible. Either we have too much work to do, are just plain exhausted from our day, or something unexpected draws our attention away from reading. There’s always an excuse why we don’t spend time in the scriptures. But is any excuse really good enough to justify leaving God’s word on the shelf?

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The Benefits of Having a Patient Advocate


Most of us only have a vague understanding of the healthcare system. It’s not just the incredible number of therapies, treatments, and procedures that are within the realm of possibilities, but also the financial entanglements it can create. Fortunately, there’s a calling known a patient advocate who can help us sort through it all.

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10+ Ideas for Using Mason Jars

10 Ideas for Mason Jars

I positively love up-cycling, recycling, re-purposing, or otherwise finding a use for things that a lot of folks would throw in the trash. From old socks to scrap paper to old shower doors, I can find a use for it. Even scraps of food can go into a soup, be fed to the dogs or […]

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Non-Contract Cell Phone Companies: 5 You Should Consider!

Non-Contract Cell Phones

In a previous post, I discussed the positive reasons to ditch your two-year cell phone contract and switch to a non-contract phone. Today I’d like to take a look at a comparison of non-contract cell phone plans. Since there are more services out there than I can put into one post, I studied all I could find and included the five that I think are either the best investment or have the best coverage.

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