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that time of year
Sara
Hello Week 28 of Project Money!  Well, it’s that time of year and I feel pretty calm about the holidays. Overall, I still spent money for Christmas (Amy says I have to), but there are some notable differences this time around. 
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"chill" holidays this year
Megan and Scott
This is the time of year where everyone’s hearts are full, people are smiling, snowflakes are falling, and we recognize all that we are thankful for. There are several holidays that fall over the winter season, and our family does celebrate Christmas so we are going to speak to that for this blog! … To get right into it, the holidays can be a very stressful time. Hosting or attending festivities can cause not only mental stress, but financial stress as well.  What the heck do you purchase that’s wonderful and meaningful for the VIPs in your life? What do you bring to the work party?
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holiday decorations on a budget!
Jaclyn and Kiara
If you are like us, then you absolutely love the lights, snow and seeing all of the beautiful decorations at stores and on houses. Trust us, we cannot wait to be able to decorate our future home and just sit back and bask in all of its glory. Also, if you are from the Madison area and have not actually driven through the Fantasy Lights on John Nolen yet, you are totally missing out! It does not cost a thing and if you have children, they will love it. If you are able to donate, they definitely appreciate it so that they can continue to put on the show every year.
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inspiration for the future with a little help
Angie and Cris
I recently read a book by Rachel Hollis, called Girl, Wash Your Face. It is a #1 New York Times Best Seller with over two million copies sold.  It is very inspirational, and it basically told me I’m worth it, and I can do it. Do what?  Anything.  Since reading that book, I have followed this author on Facebook and Instagram.
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vampire drains
Sara
Hello Week 27 of Project Money.  We are now in the home stretch, yet there is so much to do.  This past week I started to explore the concept of vampire drains.  A vampire drain refers to household appliances or electronics using energy even when the power is turned off.  So even if my electronics are not being used, they are still using power in their standby, sleep, or “off” modes, costing me money. 
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forever students
Megan and Scott
We’re so thankful we set up a meeting at Summit last week to discuss retirement! A little while ago, we blogged about retirement – but we decided that due to some lingering questions, we should reach out to a Summit Financial Advisor! Summit set us up with Brennan, who works through our branch. Between Scott and myself, MY understanding of terminology under the “retirement” umbrella was incredibly, embarrassingly low! I only knew that a person should be contributing to their retirement.
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