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January 2013

College Costs HOW Much?! Financial Aid Tips to Prevent You from Losing Your Mind

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Today, two-thirds of college students have to take out loans to pay for their education, and the average borrower graduates with close to $27,000 in debt!  Right now, the standard repayment schedule is 10 years – meaning that your kids will likely have kids of their own before their college tuition is paid for!

Wouldn’t it be nice to help them come up with a payment plan that doesn’t need to be paid back (and, no, I’m not talking about winning the lottery, suddenly agreeing to a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, or going on a bank robbing spree).
 
Instead, your kids can get scholarships and grants.  Neither has to be paid back.  But to get them, you (and your kids) will have to do some work now, before they head off to school.
 
To make things easier, try some of these tips!

Intentional Random Acts of Kindness

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Flowers GiftI have a personal issue with the term “random” acts of kindness. Why must they be random? Why not make them deliberate, intentional, or planned? Remember the movie “Pay it Forward”? Very inspirational and motivating… but the acts were not random. So with the literary nit-picking aside, what would I or could I do to make a positive change?

Oil Mix Ratio's Made Easy

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Gas MIxI have raced motorcycles for years. Those 2 Stroke engines require pre-mixed oil and fuel, just like some of your common weed wackers, chain saws, or other gas powered tools. There are a number of tools and graduated cylinders or measuring devices you can use to get the right mixture of oil and gas each time. But what do you do if you don’t have one of those around, or you’ve lost it? Here’s an easy explanation of how to calculate the correct oil mix amounts…

Oil Changes Made Easy - Really!

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Auto RepairOver the years I have bought a ton of accessories or gizmos for my cars, trucks and motorcycles. All of them were absolutely essential (or so I told my wife). So for those of you who happen to do your own oil changes, I have the best device you can ever own to make the job easier; faster; and best of all cleaner too. This unique item has made oil changes a snap for me and I will never own another car without one. Let me show you how it works…..

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