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Winter Weather: How to Protect and Prepare Your Car

Winter weather always seems to arrive before you are ready for it. In just a few weeks, the roads will be covered in ice, snow and rain while salt trucks and snow plows scramble to keep them clean. If you have to drive in these harsh conditions, what can you do to protect your car from the elements?   Get The Brakes Inspected Today Your brakes have to do a lot more work when there is less traction on the road. While you should always give yourself a longer stopping distance in bad weather, that isn’t always enough. During the course of the winter, your brakes will experience a lot of wear and tear. You should buy new brake pads if they are thin or worn, and be sure to get them checked … Read entire article »

Filed under: Automotive, Featured

Family Health: How to Save on Your Family’s Health This Year

Have you ever been hit with an unexpected medical bill that makes your heart skip a beat? You could have sworn you planned for something like this at the beginning of the year. Unfortunately, your budget is looking tight, and these expenses aren’t going anywhere. You can’t help thinking: “Was there something I could have done?” It’s a harsh reality for most of us. Health care expenses aren’t easy to stomach, but there are ways for you to lower the bills for your family this year. Here are four steps to start saving now.   Read the Fine Print in Your Insurance Plan Sit down and take a look at what your insurance plan actually covers. You might be surprised how many people don’t even read the benefit section in the booklet sent … Read entire article »

Filed under: Family/Life, Featured, Fitness/Health

Thoughts on being a one income family (single income family)…

Thoughts on being a one income family (single income family)…

Thoughts on being a one income family (single income family)… Our family has survived on a single income for its entire existence (8 years and counting).  For the longest time, I thought this meant me simply working one job.  I’ve since matured financially to understand that you should never be a one-income family, even if only one person is working at a single job. A recent study by Families and Work Institute shows that 79 percent of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Business/Finances, Family/Life, Featured

Childhood Illness and Parental PTSD

Childhood Illness and Parental PTSD

      In my constant search for more information and better solutions to my son’s diabetic problems and blood disorder, I stumbled across an informative article at Daddy Types that can be found at the bottom of the page under “Inspirations and Resources”. The article covers Parental PTSD and how an illness in children affects their parents. It was a great read, and the topic has shed some light on my situation as a father. It’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: Family/Life, Featured, My Son has ITP, My Son is a Diabetic

Daddy on a Budget (August 2011)

Daddy on a Budget (August 2011)

Daddy on a Budget August 2011 Issue 4 The blog series Daddy on a Budget on Real Men, Real Dads is my personal journal on my family finances and the challenges I face as I try to spend less than I make. In August, the family did the best job possible to enjoy life while still keeping a lid on our spending.  Unfortunately, we managed to spend more than our budget, but I counteracted that by doing a few … Read entire article »

Filed under: Daddy on a Budget, Featured

Daddy on a Budget (July 2011)

Daddy on a Budget (July 2011)

Daddy on a Budget July 2011 Issue 3 The blog series Daddy on a Budget on Real Men, Real Dads is my personal journal on my family finances and the challenges I face as I try to spend less than I make. Leading into the month of August when I would be home and jobless for a bit, July was a month of complete and total saving.  Every last dime that could be saved was saved.  Every place where … Read entire article »

Filed under: Daddy on a Budget, Featured

Daddy on a Budget (June 2011)

Daddy on a Budget (June 2011)

Daddy on a Budget June 2011 Issue 2 The blog series Daddy on a Budget on Real Men, Real Dads is my personal journal on my family finances and the challenges I face as I try to spend less than I make. The month of June was the month my family ratcheted down our spending in preparation for my return home.  My wife did an excellent job of planning grocery shopping, and we worked together on a grocery price list. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Business/Finances, Daddy on a Budget, Featured

Family Finance Ideas from RMRD: Part 2

Family Finance Ideas from RMRD: Part 2

  Family Finance from Real Men, Real Dads Find where you have the advantage! Part 1: An Introduction In the first installment of RMRD’s series on family finance, I offered a brief history of my struggles with finances. I also named the goals I have for this series and asked you to brainstorm ways to increase income and decrease expenditures.  I hope you were able to give adequate thought to the first installment, as now it is time to dig … Read entire article »

Filed under: Business/Finances, Featured

Daddy on a Budget (May 2011)

Daddy on a Budget (May 2011)

Daddy on a Budget May 2011 Issue 1 The blog series Daddy on a Budget on Real Men, Real Dads is my personal journal on my family finances and the challenges I face as I try to spend less than I make. Another big change approaches the Ray family in a few short months. In August, I will be making my return from Iraq to the United States to be closer to my family and help my beautiful … Read entire article »

Filed under: Business/Finances, Daddy on a Budget

Family Finance Ideas from RMRD (Intro)

Family Finance Ideas from RMRD (Intro)

      Family Finance from Real Men, Real Dads An Introduction First of all, it is important for me to say that I am not a financial expert. In an increasingly expensive world for families, however, I have been able to provide for mine with a lot of hard work and determination. It has been stressful and hard on my heart, but taking care of my family has given me a great source of pride. I channel my love … Read entire article »

Filed under: Business/Finances, Featured