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A place where I share the experience of becoming a single father

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Unemployment Tip: Cut Expenses

Unemployment Tip: Cut Expenses

My First Unemployment Tip: Cut Expenses My second unemployment tip may be a bit of a surprise. Not because it's not expected, but because many people may think it should be number one. I can see the logic there, but to me making the switch to cash is more important,...

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Unemployment Tip: Switch to cash

Unemployment Tip: Switch to cash

If you are a frequent reader of my blog you’ll know that I really like leveraging credit cards as part of a smart financial solution. In fact I’ve written about it several times lately, including my post about Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus, Credit Card Reward Program and Credit Card Reward Points Churning. So this first Unemployment Tip may come as a surprise to you.

Stop using Credit?

Yes, you should stop using your credit cards right away!

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What it’s like to lose your job – Here’s how it felt for me

What it’s like to lose your job – Here’s how it felt for me

I never actually thought that I would know what it’s like to lose your job. But then it happened to me!

Last May I was “down-sized” by my employer, and it sucked! I won’t whine at length about the reasons, let’s just say that it was political and not performance based.

Instead I’d like to talk a bit about the process and the feelings that it brings up to be fired and to subsequently be unemployed. Now this is how it felt for me, and your experience may be vastly different, but my hope is that by sharing my story of what it’s like to lose your job, it might help others in the future that get fired for the first time.

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Net Worth Update (End of Q4 2016)

Net Worth Update (End of Q4 2016)

Welcome to my eleventh Net Worth Update.

If you haven’t read my Million Dollar Journey post yet, then I recommend you start there before consuming this update.

Q4 was rough. My severance package ended the first week of the quarter!!! I went into serious cost cutting mode. Even worse Christmas was upcoming, so I still had a significant outlay of cash. Even worse, my job search was stagnant. So it was a bit of a scary month.

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Net Worth Update (End of Q3 2016)

Net Worth Update (End of Q3 2016)

Q3 turned out to not be as bad as I expected. My severance package lasted for the whole quarter, and I tried to cut back on a bit of spending… although my sinking fund obligations were due this quarter.

Q4 will most likely be terrible, since it’s already the second week and I still don’t have a job. Odds are I’ll have to start digging into my emergency savings to cover basic expenses

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What it’s like to lose your job – Here’s how it felt for me

What it’s like to lose your job – Here’s how it felt for me

I never actually thought that I would know what it’s like to lose your job. But then it happened to me!

Last May I was “down-sized” by my employer, and it sucked! I won’t whine at length about the reasons, let’s just say that it was political and not performance based.

Instead I’d like to talk a bit about the process and the feelings that it brings up to be fired and to subsequently be unemployed. Now this is how it felt for me, and your experience may be vastly different, but my hope is that by sharing my story of what it’s like to lose your job, it might help others in the future that get fired for the first time.

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Recent Posts: Being a Single Dad

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Calvin Ball

Calvin Ball

Calvinball is a game invented by Calvin and Hobbes in which you make the rules up as you go along. Rules cannot be used twice (except for the rule that rules cannot be used twice). No Calvinball game is like another. The game may involve wickets, mallets, volleyballs, and additional equipment as well as masks.

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Shit my kid said: #2 Dentist at school

Shit my kid said: #2 Dentist at school

Daughter: A dentist came to school today

Dad: Did you tell her you had a sore tooth?

Daughter: No, I didn’t, You or mom usually come with me and tell dentists and doctors that kind of stuff… but I did get a toothbrush

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Secrets to a Successful First Date

Secrets to a Successful First Date

A lot of newly single dads are probably pretty nervous about re-entering the dating scene, in many cases they may have been out of it for up to a decade!

So today I thought I’d share some of my Secrets to a Successful First Date

#1 Relax

Dating really isn’t that hard, so why are you so stressed out about it. At the end of the day the two of you will be a match or you won’t, so there is no reason to hyperventilate.

On your first date try and envision the person across the table from you as an old friend that you are catching up with.

Keep things casual and just try and get to know the other person.

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Recent Posts: Reviews

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Review of InformalChildSupport.com

Review of InformalChildSupport.com

As a single dad blogger I’m always on the lookout for relevant things about my chosen blog topic. One category that I stumbled upon was “Custody Management Software”.

I was intrigued by this category of tools and decided to try one out and see if it was for me. I reached out to a fellow twitter user who has actually created one of these tools to see if I could try it out.

InformalChildSupport.com Story – Interview with the Founder

Most business endeavors start with a simple goal, and that is usually to make money. Every now and then a business sets that as their secondary goal, and chooses something more altruistic as their primary goal. That’s the case with InformalChildSupport.com

I spoke with founder and CEO Alpheus Lockhart about why he thought this tool as needed

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Anker PowerCore 13000

Anker PowerCore 13000

I stumbled upon a review somewhere that swore by the Anker PowerCore 13000, so I took the plunge and ordered one from Amazon for around $30

Boy and I happy I did. This beast will fully recharge my phone at least 3 times before giving up the ghost.

If it was slightly smaller I would have given it a 5 star rating

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