Should I Buy Solar in a Community Solar Array?

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The roof of my house is not an ideal place for a photovoltaic system – I have 3 roof surfaces, one faces east, one faces west, and the other faces south. The south facing roof is covered by tree shade for at least half of the day. I’ve often wondered how solar might be feasible for my house, but I always stop before getting too far into the research, discouraged

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Awesome Podcasts: Updated

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Last October, I highlighted my love of podcasts, and the thousands of free hours of education and entertainment they can add to your life. I also shared some of the podcasts I regularly listen to, but since then the selection of shows I appreciate and listen to regularly has grown, and I wanted to offer up my new favorites: ┬áThe Dr. Drew Podcast – long ago I regularly listened to

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Two Years Biking and a New Bike

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I’ve been regularly biking for about 2 years. It’s one of the biggest behavioral changes I’ve made that consistently contributes to my goals of financial independence and fitness. I am happy to say that using a RideKick combined with a really inexpensive Craigslist bike, I was confident enough to get out there on the road, and actually replace car miles with cycling miles. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet reached my goal

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Side Hustle: My New Retail Food Business

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Lately, if been sacrificing a lot of my free time in pursuit of something fun, challenging, and strangely fulfilling: I’ve been cobbling together a real-life side business.

I believe that entrepreneurial thinking has always come naturally to me, but because working for other people is so comfortable, I’ve never really put forth the effort and started a business. I was intrigued as a kid by many of the “small business” books my dad read, and I’ve had an itch to try my hand at starting a business for a long time…

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Two Side Income Ideas You Can Start Now

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Over the last few months, I’ve run across two very easy and legitimate ways to earn some pocket money. If you have a few minutes right now, you should be able to jump right into using both, and earning a little extra in your spare time.

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Yet Another End-of-the-Year Tally

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I won’t bore you with any additional thoughts on my 2013 goals, but I wanted to take a minute, here at the end of the year, to note the status of 3 things I’ve been keeping a close eye on this year. First, I logged all of my bike miles in 2013, and each of the logged rides replaced a trip in the car (which is usually a cost of ~$0.25/mile). My grand total mileage for the year was…

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2013 Goals in Review

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At the beginning of the year I published a list of things I’d love to accomplish this year. The purpose of the exercise was to keep myself accountable to some of my bigger goals in life, improve myself, & have more fun. I’ve had this list posted in my kitchen all year, and I’ve tried to remember it regularly. Some of the items on it were ambitious, & life is always unpredictable, but here’s how I fared over the past 11 1/2 months in reaching my goals…

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