Single Parent Tango

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being a parent, it’s this — Parenting is a tough job.  Everyone tells you this when you prepare to have a child, but you don’t truly understand just how tough it is until you’ve actually walked in the parenting shoes.

This goes doubly-so for single parents.  When there’s two parents you can tag-team away some of the difficulty…

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Should I Be Investing In Master Limited Partnerships?

I need to admit I made a mistake.  At first glance, master limited partnerships ( ‘MLP’ for short) always seemed like the kind of investment I would automatically dislike — With flat share prices, large debt levels and high dividend yields.  They ticked a lot of my “don’t invest” boxes pretty quickly.

It should come as no surprise, that I’ve essentially ignored MLP’s for years…

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Avoiding The Stink Of High Yield – How Much Is Too Much?

It’s long been a goal of mine to have a dividend income that roughly matches our family’s annual expenses.  I say *roughly*, because in any given year we might have a random irregular expense that causes us to overspend our cash generation a little. 

(The purchase of a new car, an expensive family vacation, or repairing the roof on our home would be good examples of this)

This year, I’m going to be pretty close to that goal…

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Raising Financially Independent Kids Is Serious Business

Raising kids isn’t easy under the best of conditions.  Most of the parents I know work a 50+ hour work week.  To deal with after school care, they enroll their kids in after-school programs, at considerable cost to themselves.  It’s a kind of “two steps forward and one step back” situation that makes raising kids and saving money difficult.

The average family I see, only gets to spend nights and weekends together…

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How To Make Japanese-style Mabo Tofu

When it comes to cooking meals at home, absolutely no-one wants to cook a separate meal for the kids and a separate meal for adults.  Yet adults often prefer bolder, spicier flavors with more exotic ingredients.  Kids tend to enjoy simpler fare — carb heavy dishes with much milder flavors.  At least my kids do — pizza, spaghetti, macaroni & cheese, sandwiches and so on.

It definitely puts smiles on their little faces, but I can only eat so much of it before I’m craving something more exciting…

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