The ACA (Obamacare) Survives. But is it Actually Working?
Tue, 06/30/15 | 11 Comments

With last Thursday’s ACA Supreme Court ruling confirming that Congress intended to include subsidies for those on the federal exchange in addition to state exchanges, the ACA has now survived an election, two Supreme Court …

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How to Train & Prepare for your Backpacking Trip
June 18, 2009 | 5 Comments
How to Train & Prepare for your Backpacking Trip

I love backpacking. And as this is a finance AND lifestyle blog, I’ve been covering the basics of backpacking lately. Backpacking can save you money over typical vacations every time you hike, get to experience …

Why you Should Calculate your Real Hourly Wage
June 14, 2009 | 9 Comments
Why you Should Calculate your Real Hourly Wage

How much do you make? $50K a year? OK… how much do you really make? Yeah, your real wage. The answer may surprise you. When looking at the larger personal finance picture, it’s important to …

Choosing the Right Backpacking Food & Clothing
June 11, 2009 | 4 Comments
Choosing the Right Backpacking Food & Clothing

In the last post on buying backpacking gear supplies, there were two noticeable things left out by design – food and clothing. Why? It’s hard to survive without either – but almost equally as challenging …

The Beginner’s Guide to Backpacking: Buying Backpacking Gear & Supplies
June 7, 2009 | 11 Comments
The Beginner’s Guide to Backpacking: Buying Backpacking Gear & Supplies

The Benefits of Backpacking
Whether doing a week-long trek through the Grand Canyon, or a two night weekend hike at a nearby state park, backpacking has a number of great benefits and is relatively cheap in …

The Service Engine Light: Your Mechanics Dirty Little Secret
May 31, 2009 | 131 Comments
The Service Engine Light: Your Mechanics Dirty Little Secret

Troubleshoot the Check Engine Light for Free
Even if you find a good mechanic, if you’re like me, you shiver at the thought of paying hundreds of dollars for major vehicle repairs. Well, the dreaded ‘service …

Is the Peace Corps a Legit Alternative to Getting a Job?
May 25, 2009 | 53 Comments
Is the Peace Corps a Legit Alternative to Getting a Job?

Could a Peace Corps job be for you?
Despite nearly a 4.0 GPA at a respected university, resume counseling, and mock interview practice, I had a very hard time finding a job upon graduation. After a …


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