This is Eli

A blog about Eli. A blog about survival – and by that, I mean life!

Oh hey yah, it’s been a while since I wrote about cash. Let’s see…During the month of September we were like a germ bag circus. The month of October, we had an opportunity to move away from slummy the slumlord, owner of giant dread tree in backyard he refuses to cut down. And why clean …

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Last week I gave Laila a back-to-school budget of $150 and vowed not to exceed it. That’s harder than it sounds. Shiny, pretty back-to-school things are everywhere. A few increments of $20 or $30 and you’ve blown the budget on stuff that’s probably not going to fit in six months to a year. I realized …

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I’ll never forget the day I was cruising around Ann Arbor, MI with my mom when we passed a place called “The Relax Station.” It’s a drop-in massage parlor. Not of the “happy ending” variety like those in my ‘hood, entered and exited by old dudes in the evening hours, run by the Asian mafia …

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There we were, toting the kids in our wagon, rolling, rolling toward that debt-free pasture in our dreams. Ya! We got stuck in the mud. Sorry, Oregon Trail flashback. Although it would be more likely to be caught in a March blizzard or sink while forging a river. Hey look, a land run monument! We …

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We were hit by the Target data breach. Hackers stole millions of credit and debit card numbers. They made off with encrypted personal identification numbers and things like our names, addresses, card expiration dates and the 3-digit code on the back of cards, according to a USA Today article. Those who shopped at Target Nov. …

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