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Learning to be frugal, pay off debt and be a man of integrity

  1. The Longer Intro on the Life of Linus (Part 2)

    by , 04-10-2009 at 10:09 AM (Hiding under My Blue Blanket)
    This did not help the olí self-esteem bit. Over the course of the first 9 years I went from 145lbs (which at 5′1″ isnít too bad) to a whopping ó and scary ó 210lbs (thatís about 50% body fat). I realized I had to deal with this. It was my 2nd lowest point in life. I swore ó and have kept this promise to myself ó to never return to that level of ďfatnessĒ. I wasnít able to maintain the weight I had lost in 2005 (when I got down to a respectable 165lbs) and have returned back to my previous ...
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  2. The Longer Intro on the Life of Linus (Part 1)

    by , 04-10-2009 at 10:09 AM (Hiding under My Blue Blanket)
    I figured it might help people understand who I am, where I'm from and what has made me, well.. me! This is from my personal blog (see my signature and I've updated it a bit)

    How about at the beginning? A long time ago, God said I need somewhere to put some screwy creatures and like Emeril went *BAM*Ö Ok. Maybe thatís a bit too far.

    It is interesting to explore this side of myself and realize that perhaps Iíve been denying what I was truly desiring. For all my ...
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  3. Quick Post: Giddy with joy at tax time

    by , 04-10-2009 at 09:51 AM (Hiding under My Blue Blanket)
    I'm nearly giddy with joy! My fed tax refund got deposited last night and I got to pay off one of my credit cards in one fell swope. I still have state taxes to pay but they haven't figured out that amount yet. So I'll probably pay the amount that H&R Block figured it out to be. Thus far, they've been dead on for the federal version. If they get this right, then I'll definitely be going back next year and having the same rep prepare my taxes again. The difference after the State Taxes are paid ...
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  4. Frugalness leads to wonderful dreams

    by , 04-06-2009 at 07:12 PM (Hiding under My Blue Blanket)
    It's amazing how one little step can make a whole difference. Even though I started my re-birth "frugalness" (born-again Frugal? sounds like a very faithful donut!) and determination to pay off my debts, I'm finding a change in my attitude towards things. I ask myself 3-4 or more times before I buy something and have been diligent about things I'm buying. I still make mistakes and minor fall-downs but I think it's a lot less than in the past. I've even gone as far as to start a meager ...
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  5. Starting off well.

    by , 03-28-2009 at 02:45 PM (Hiding under My Blue Blanket)
    It's interesting how today fared. About 5 years ago I had half my debt paid but over the last 5 years that crept up again. Last week I got a sticker shock from Revenue Canada and have to pay taxes to them for 2007. However, as a bonus, my federal taxes this year for the US may be enough for me to pay my state taxes, my Canadian taxes and pay off a credit card or two (my two lowest amount cards).

    This gives me hope and allows me to move forward in life. This week is my 39th birthday ...
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