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I “Won” a “Free” Vacation!

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“Free Vacation!!!”

Last Saturday, a few of us went to MetLife Stadium for a Monster Jam event.  I had never been to a monster truck event so I was looking forward to watching huge trucks do jumps and flips and a lot of awesome stuff.

After we scanned our tickets and went through the gates, there were a few people handing out forms for a raffle to win a pick-up truck or $50,000.  The raffle was free, all I had to do was write down my name and phone number so of course I was in.

We then went into the show and had a great time.  We saw a couple of back flips, and a first ever front flip!  Overall, good times.

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Back From Family Vacation

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Family Vacation

I’ve been away so long that I feel the need to say ‘Hello everyone!’  It really hasn’t been that long, only two weeks, but it really feels like a long time.

For those of you who don’t know, I just returned from a family vacation to Italy. This was the first vacation I’ve taken with my entire family in over 15 years and it was pretty awesome.

My brother, my sister, and I – along with our significant others – decided to take my mom to Italy.  My mom has always wanted to go to Europe, but never had the opportunity to go.  So when I saw a Groupon for a trip to Italy, I knew this could be her opportunity.

I mentioned the deal to my brother and sister to see if they wanted to join Kate and I on this trip, and also to see if they wanted to split the cost of our mom’s ticket.  Everybody said that they would go, but my sister said she couldn’t really contribute for my mom’s trip because she’s planning a wedding and she’s already over-budget… Yet another reason why I don’t understand big weddings, but that’s a different discussion.

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9 Signs You Need A Vacation

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Just Go!

As a person who is trying to be debt free and reach financial independence someday, I’m always looking for ways to cut expenses and save money.  I’m okay with sacrificing cable and switching my cell phone to a virtually unknown company.  I’m also okay with telling coworkers, “sorry, I can’t go out to lunch today.”  I’m okay doing a lot of things differently to save money, but the one thing that I cannot do is NOT go on vacation.

I understand vacations could get expensive and if you are deeply into debt, I highly recommend you put vacations on hold for a little bit.  However, if you are making headway into paying off your debt and haven’t taken a break in a while, maybe it is time to take a vacation.

If you are not sure whether you should take a break or not, here are some signs that you need a break.

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The Friday Five – Family Vacation

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Florence, Italy

July 25th – July 31st

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five. This is where I share what I consider the week’s top-five money related articles from around the web.  There are a lot of great personal finance websites publishing amazing content daily and I feel that I must share them with you.  I hope you enjoy my five favorite articles of the week.

If you haven’t, please read this week’s posts on Need To Eat More Vegetables? – Join a CSA and on 1 in 3 Americans Have Debt in Collections. Please don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Google+, and like Million Dollar Ninja on Facebook.

In no particular order here are The Friday Five

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The Friday Five is Back!!!

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Highest I’ve ever been!

July 18th – July 24th

Welcome to another edition of The Friday Five. This is where I share what I consider the week’s top-five money related articles from around the web.  There are a lot of great personal finance websites publishing amazing content daily and I feel that I must share them with you.  I hope you enjoy my five favorite articles of the week.

If you haven’t, please read this week’s posts on How I Saved $450+ on Getting My Car Painted and on 10 Common Money Mistakes.  Please don’t forget to follow me on Twitter, Google+, and like Million Dollar Ninja on Facebook.

In no particular order here are The Friday Five

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