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Digging Out of Dirt and Debt

Digging In Our Front Lawn

As you can see from the picture above, digging up the water pipes at our house [1] continues to be the main event this week at the DuPaix house. They found the break in the pipe under the foundation. Water was just pouring out.

The good news is that we had a wonderful builder who graded properly and kept all the water away from our basement. Various contractors commented yesterday that they couldn’t believe our house wasn’t flooded.

The bad news is that they had to rip up almost our whole front lawn, sidewalks, and landscaping. In addition, we lost the front stoop. They’ll be back today to pour new concrete.

We’re still uncertain about the cause of the break and who is at fault, if anyone. We have the pipe, and we’ll be researching what our options are. I’ll keep you posted as it unfolds. We’re also a little nervous about the size of the bill…. Always Get an Estimate Before Having Work Done [2].

To take my mind off the near disaster, I’m busy playing in the The PF Challenge Tournament On Facebook.

Credit and Debt

How to Get Out of Debt – Our Story [3]
See how they paid off more than $50,000 in debt in under four years.

Paying It Off [4]
A family looks for advice on which to pay first: credit card debt or an upside-down mortgage.

Hackers Steal 40 Million Credit and Debit Card Numbers – Has Your Number Been Stolen? [5]
Wow! Watch your statement closely if you shopped at any of the nine stores listed.


Ask the Reader: Saving for Retirement Early In Your Career [6]
A 22 year old new graduate is looking for advice. Chime in and share your thoughts.

Don’t Give Up On Your 401k [7]
Ideas to supplement a decline in your 401k plan.

Canadian RRSP Vs. U.S. 401(k) Retirement Account Comparison [8]
A great breakdown to find out how retirement planning works across the border.

Your Money

iPhone Finance (Mostly) Apps, Vol. 1 [9]
Check out new personal finance applications that you can download to your iPhone.

Lost Money: How Money Drains Add Up To $175,000 In 10 Years [10]
Looks like my lunches out add up to $35,857 over 10 years.

Did You Splurge? [11]
Survey results to find out if people splurged in June and why they did so.


A Month-Long Menu Plan [12]
Since we won’t have our nanny cooking for us in a few weeks, I need to figure out what to feed our family and when.

5 Ways To Calm Your Thinking And Deal With Adversity [13]
My favorite tip is to have a plan B. I’m a big fan of planning, and back-up planning.

25 Sharp Cuts of Time Saving Wisdom [14]
Stop over analyzing things! I’m guilty!

Getting ready for a different rhythm to my life [15]
I have a partner in crime. Although we took two different paths, Father Sez and I will be able to trade tips about our new non-working lifestyles.

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