So You Want to Host a Games Night Pt 2?

Last time I wrote about setting up a games night and some party games you could play. Here are some other style of games and ideas for a games night.

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So You Want to Host a Games Night?

With the Holiday season on us, it’s a good time to get together with friends and family or just to hang out with the children. One good way to improve the gathering is to host a games night.

I thought I would deviate from the usual financial and family matters to write a bit about to how make such a thing successful. Now board games can be expensive, a typical game can cost anywhere from $40 to $70, however some lower end games can be around $20. To bring this around to those with frugal habits, many game stores will rent you a game, so if you think you will only need it for the games night then you can borrow from the store usually for around a $5 fee. You could therefore have a decent selection of games for your group to play for under $25.

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The Advent of the Holidays

So we are now into December and well into the Holiday season. So how do you prepare for Christmas and New Year on a budget?

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November Financial Update

Only one more month left in the year, and thoughts are turning to the holiday season as well as planning for 2019. So lets see how the major markets and our own net worth did in November.

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It’s Health Time Again

Last year I wrote about navigating and buying on the ACA marketplace; well it’s open enrollment time again. It’s pretty widely reported as to how the sign up period has been cut and that the advertising budget has been slashed. Politics aside, this makes life trickier. I have received a decent amount of emails, robocalls and texts from healthcare.gov reminding me it is sign up time, so for those already on the market place I can’t complain about the level of communication. For those new to the marketplace though I can imagine the experience might be different.

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The Four Day Friday

Here in the US we have just had the Thanksgiving Holiday (hence why I didn’t post on Friday), this is followed by the enthusiastic consumerism that is Black Friday.

This day traditionally kicks off the holiday season. A lot of people put up their holiday decorations (although with small kids we’ve found this to still be a bit early) and it’s also when the stores have their biggest sales of the year to kick start holiday shopping. In recent years a lot of shops have also started opening on Thanksgiving evening, thus making Black Friday last a day and a half.

It’s become such a useful tool, that even in the UK that doesn’t have a Thanksgiving they still kick off their holiday shopping season on Black Friday.

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FIRE in the News

I’ve noticed quite a lot of articles lately about the FIRE community. I don’t know how much of it is the idea catching on or if it’s just shown up in a couple of major news sources and so other outlets are riffing on it.

Some of the buzz has also been generated by this upcoming documentary.

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A Wake Up Call

Last week a company called RealtyShares, essentially went bust. They told their investors they weren’t taking in any new investors and would simply focus on those already with money invested with them.

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Free Money

It is getting towards the end of the year, which means it is almost dividend time. To us this is essentially free money, as we don’t have to do anything in order to get it.

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The Penniless of the Long Distance Runner

With apologies to Tom Courtenay.

I signed up this week for my second half marathon, I will be running on December 9th in the Holiday Half along the river in North West Portland. I have got back into longer training and will be doing 10 mile runs at least once a week for the next month, along with the normal 5 mile runs. So around 20 miles a week.

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