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Net Worth Update (End of Q1 2017)

Net Worth Update (End of Q1 2017)

Welcome to my twelfth Net Worth Update.

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

First the numbers, then more of the explanation of what happened in this quarter’s Net Worth Update.

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Unemployment Tip: Think about a new career

Unemployment Tip: Think about a new career

I’m sick, so today’s post is going to be super short, and probably full of grammar mistakes 😉

Often during our career we are way too busy to think about the future and whether we love what we do or not. Let’s face it, often a job is just that, a job to collect a pay check.

When you are unemployed you are probably spending a lot of time job searching and applying and interviewing. But let’s be truthful, you are probably spending a bunch of time watching TV.

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Avoid the cost of new vehicles

Avoid the cost of new vehicles

I’ve owned 5 cars so far in my life and other than 1 time I’ve always worked to Avoid the cost of new vehicles. You see new vehicles have a massive first two year depreciation.

Modern cars should easily reach 10 years old with only routine maintenance, unless you buy something from Detroit that is 😉 They should also be able to reach 200,000m or 320,000km without major incidents.

This has actually been my experience with my last two vehicles, first is was a budget Kia Spectra I bought new in 1999, and this was before Kia got as good as they are today. It is also the case with my current 2007 Hyundai Tiburon that I purchased used with cash in 2009. It is now about to roll over 300,000km and the only thing that has broken on it is my flex pipe, a $200 repair.

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Recent Posts: General

 

30 Day Challenge – #3 Workout Everyday FAILED

30 Day Challenge – #3 Workout Everyday FAILED

30 Day Challenge - #3 Workout Everyday FAILED Failed. As you may have read in my announcement post about my 30 day challenge list for 2017, the third none I was going to tackle was workout everyday. Well I failed, I was on track for the first 2 weeks and then life...

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30 Day Challenge – #2 No Coffee for 30 Days

30 Day Challenge – #2 No Coffee for 30 Days

Success. As you may have read in my announcement post about my 30 day challenge list for 2017, the second one I was going to tackle as no coffee(even-though I’m totally addicted). Well I’m happy to say that I successfully made it for the whole month of February with even one drop!

Now the big question…. should I start drinking it again?

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Recent Posts: Being a Single Dad

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10 Ideas for Special One-on-One Time With Your Son

10 Ideas for Special One-on-One Time With Your Son

Last week I wrote about the importance of spending quality 1-on-1 time with your kids. I’ve thought a lot about this since I’ve got both a daughter and a son and sometimes it’s hard to think of innovative things to do. So in an effort to help my readers, I’ve decided to share 10 of my ideas that I have used or will use with my son.

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Finding out your Ex is Pregnant

Finding out your Ex is Pregnant

The older I get the less things surprise me. I find that I take big shocking news in stride. I think this is somewhat due to my personality, I’ve easy going and optimistic and I don’t get stressed. Generally it’s a great way to live.

But I was a bit shocked a few months ago when out of the blue my ex called on late on a Sunday night. She said she had news, and that she just told the kids, and wanted to let me know before I picked them up from school on Monday (Sidebar: This type of communication between divorced parents is key to maintaining healthy households, and I’m thankful that we both think of each other in these scenarios)

Her news was… she was pregnant!

I was stunned and a bit speechless at first. My first thought was… what an idiot, you are in your mid-thirties and still haven’t figured out how birth control works! I thank the great spaghetti monster in the sky every day for my vasectomy!

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Special one-on-one Time with your kids

Special one-on-one Time with your kids

One thing that many parent’s forget is that the way your kids spell love is T.I.M.E.

So often single parents get lost in the millions of tasks and responsibilities they have like work, dinner, dishes, laundry, cleaning, baths, shopping, homework, paying bills… the list literally goes on forever. No wonder it’s easy to say to our kids “I’ll bring you to the park next time” or “go watch some Netflix”.

But Special one-on-one Time with your kids is so important for your relationship and for their development as high quality members of society.

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Recent Posts: Reviews

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Review of Stratego: My Son Loves It

Review of Stratego: My Son Loves It

Stratego is a game I’ve been playing since I was a child. My grandma had an epic game closet, and stratego was one of the ones I pulled out more often than not. It’s a strategy game that makes you think and forces you to remember. Unlike chess you can’t see what your opponents pieces are, so there is a memory component.

It has aspects that are similar to chess, but I find that it’s a bit easier for kids to play.

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Review of Blurt: Great for kids, not so great for adults

Review of Blurt: Great for kids, not so great for adults

Every now and then I’m at Toys-R-Us or Walmart and I’m perusing the games section, and I come across a game I haven’t heard about before. When this happens I give the box a read and look at the price tag. If the game play seems interesting and the price is in my budget then I’ll take a chance and pick it up. One of my recent additions to our collection of games is Blurt. Here is my review of Blurt.

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