Holiday Fun Facts

We are just a few weeks away from Christmas and I thought it would be a great time to share some holiday fun facts with you. Just in case you need a little help at that holiday or office party to keep the small talk going here are nineteen random facts, well not completely random, a lot of them have to do with personal finance.

These I’m sure will dazzle your friends and family members as you drop these holiday knowledge nuggets on them. I have scoured the internet to bring you these important bits of information to save you time and energy during this busy time of year. Wishing you and your families all the very best this holiday season.

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Net Worth: November 2016

Welcome to our November net worth update. Hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving. We had a great turkey day hosting family. We had great food and some laughs. We had to switch up the menu a bit this year because I have recently developed an issue with gluten. Amazing how many things you can’t eat. I do feel a lot better that I have eliminated these things from my diet.

I traveled to Kansas City for the first time this month. A four-day work trip for a conference. It really helped break up the month. KC is a nice little town. I stayed in the power and light district, with plenty of bars, restaurants, hotels and walking distance to the convention center. Defiantly learn a thing or two and got to know some of my co-workers a little better.

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College application are in! We are glad to have this behind us, now the waiting game begins. Now we turn our attention to free money. I’ve challenged my son and daughter to submit one scholarship application per week. No amount is too big or too small. Since they have committed the time to complete their college essay they can use it for some of the larger scholarship opportunities.

The twins are settling into their jobs, balancing work and school. They are excited to have their own money to shop for gifts for Christmas this year. We are helping them budget and plan. My son just collected a $100 cash bonus for referring two friends.

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The Cost of Owning a Dog

We are pet people plain and simple. My wife and I grew up always owning pets, mainly dogs. We have owned several different types of pets over the years, including birds, fish (fresh and salt water) rats, guinea pigs, cats and dogs.

Shortly after we were married and moved into our house we got our first dog together. She was a yellow Labrador. We had her for thirteen years. She was a great family pet, but as her health began to deteriorate we knew it was time to let her go.

We were without a pet for a period of six months. During that time our house and family felt like something was missing. We knew we wanted to add a new dog to our family. In January of 2014 we did just that. Mushu joined our family. He has been such a great addition.

The rats and guinea pigs were choices our children made when they were younger.  We were on board with them having the pets as long at the feed, cleaned and took care of them. All three children did a great job caring for their pets, diligently cleaning their cages each week and making sure each had food and water.

At one time in my youth I cared for four dogs and three cats. It’s a great lesson in responsibility to care for an animal. Since Mushu has been our only pet for the last three years I wanted to share with you the cost of owning a dog.

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Holiday Traditions 2016

Now that the holiday season is in full swing I wanted to share some of our family’s favorite holiday traditions. Some are old, some are new, some from my side of the family, some from my wife’s and some are born with us.

I look forward to the time each year to spend extra time off from work and some quality time with my family. We always have several events planned during the holidays. It’s nice to have these traditions to look forward to each year. Having certain things that only occur once a year makes them extra special.

Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgivings I believe are your typically type ones. Many great homemade dishes, desserts and turkey. We brine our turkey each year. Brining is where you soak the turkey for 24-hours before cooking in a spice bath. This process makes the turkey come out very juicy when finished.

We typically host and have extended family over. This year we have challenged our three-teenage child to find a recipe and prepare it for our meal. Their menu items include apple pie, lemon meringue pie, and mashed potatoes casserole. During dinner, we will also share what each of us is thankful for.

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