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Laying the Groundwork for Working on the Road

The past weeks have been spent primarily arranging my technology needs to make sure that working on the road will be as flawless as possible while we travel on our family road trip.

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We’re in Training…

We all know it’s a good idea to train for a race, but what about training for a family road trip.  No one really talks about that! Last year I joined Moms On The Run, a running group in my

Planning a Road Trip

When we first thought about a grand, summer-long road trip through the American West, we were a bit optimistic, I’ll admit. America is a large country. You can’t see half of it in a summer. We learned, however, some important lessons about how to build a workable itinerary:

Managing Finances

Before we were able to plan our trip, we had to get a handle on our finances. Like many, the mid-2000s found us in more debt than we would have liked and 2009 included the bonus of Bret being laid off from his job. At that point we figured we’d never be able to realize our goal of taking the kids on an extended family trip. Our church was offering the Dave Ramsey course, Financial Peace University, and we quickly moved to an all cash system.

Cost-Saving Tip: Christmas Gifts

“Cost-Saving” and “Christmas” don’t usually appear together, but we’ve discovered that Christmas can be a good opportunity to exercise some smart planning when looking at big vacation plans.  How?  Well, just think about some of the stuff you’re planning on