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Hello, Dear Readers!

I like to flatter myself and imagine that scores of HotFrugal readers have been wailing, tearing at their hair, and beating their chests with frustration and sadness that there have been no new posts for the past couple of months.  Perhaps I flatter myself just a teensy bit much, but if you’ve missed HotFrugal at all, I have good news… I’m back, baby!

In case you’re wondering where the heck I’ve been, I’ll give you some quick updates.  First, I started a new job that I really like, but it has been very challenging.  I’m responsible for developing market plans for a highly technical product that I knew nothing about when I started.  Learning how the product works and how to sell it has been mentally exhausting, leaving little energy for writing.  Then I bought a new house just two weeks after I started the new job.  I promptly fell in love with it and have spent just about every waking, non-working hour painting, changing light fixtures, hanging pictures, replacing outlet covers, etc.

Now that things have calmed down a bit, I’m excited about writing regularly for HotFrugal once again.  And to be completely honest, I need to start writing regularly again.  When it comes to frugality, I’ve fallen off the wagon a bit in the past couple of months.  The downside of loving my new house is that I’ve had way too much fun decorating.  Actually, I’ve been spending so much money that I’m starting to feel some financial stress creep back into my life.  It’s not a good feeling, and I need to get a handle on it.

Reforming my spending habits and getting back on track will be the focus of several upcoming posts.  I’ll also be writing about managing spending temptations, retirement planning, the importance of fully evaluating and understanding a job offer, and frugal gift giving (‘tis the season, after all).  In addition, I’ll be launching a new look for the site.  My talented cousin, Brandon Gamble of Imago Identity Studio, has designed a new HotFrugal logo that will be unveiled in the near future. 

In the meantime, I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Have a great break from work, a wonderful dinner, and a frugal Black Friday.  🙂

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30 Sense

To celebrate my 30th birthday, I’ve come up with a list of 30 money related action items that I’d like to pursue over the next three years.  Check out my new “30 Sense” page (the link is listed with the page tabs above).

One note before you read:  I have three items on the list that may seem slightly out of place because they are healthcare related.  However, healthcare problems can potentially lead to huge expenses and lost time at work.  Therefore, regular checkups and preventative healthcare aren’t just good for your body, they’re good for your wallet.  I plan to explore this idea further in a future post.

Enjoy!

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