The Financial Four: Best Posts for the Week of 11/15

Moving into the week of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share four personal finance articles I read last week week that I found helpful or motivational.

As we go into the holiday season that has continually turned into a season for shopping, I challenge you to take a step back and really consider what you need and what you can afford.

Even though things need to be done this season, there are many ways you can save money during the holidays and it can certainly help to keep up with your budget.

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Monthly Budget Update: I spent how much on food!?

October was an odd month for me, with my wife and I taking a vacation to the Pacific Northwest, which is about a 3 and a 1/2 hour flight for us.

Considering the distance with flights, hotel, car, food and activities, we only spent $1,400 for a five day vacation. A lot of the activities that we did we were free outdoor activities like hiking or cheap local attractions like a fall festival. It really helped us keep our expenses down!

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