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7 quick tips to get over your fear of public speaking

According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” – Jerry Seinfeld

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The true cost of an extra trip to the store


While this turned out to be a bit more difficult challenge than I originally anticipated, I have an answer (actually, a lot of answers). You may recall that I rather enjoy the art of spreadsheet makin’; so, you can probably guess where this is going.

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Spring Cleaning Your Virtual World – 10 Tips

Admittedly, I’m not really one of those “Spring cleaning” kind of people. I’m more of a Spring-shove-a-bunch-of-stuff-in-a-closet type of person. However, this year I decided that my e-world was getting chaotic…chaotic to the point of collapsing in upon itself like a dying star. So, I decided to institute an annual “E-Spring cleaning” day in order to stave off a literal collapse of my virtual world. These 10 things created so much peace in my life that I-lacking a less nerdy outlet-decided to share them on my little blog. Do this stuff. You will be more peaceful. Or not. But probably.

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You’re pregnant. That’ll cost you. Here are 8 tips to prepare financially.

I was recently asked for some thoughts on “how to prepare for a baby financially”. I thought some of you internet people might be able to use this information; so, I turned my thoughts into a blog post. Here you go:

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So, I was curious how much I have been shelling out to Xcel Energy for my deep freeze each month…

Earlier this week I bought this fancy toy called a Kill A Wat. It allows me to measure how much energy various things in my house are using, and do a little spreadsheeting to figure out how much these various things are costing me per month. Hooray! A nice lady at Xcel Energy was kind enough to help me break down my bill and figure out how much I am paying per kilowatt hour. Oddly, she acted as if people don’t regularly ask this question. The answer is 7.322 cents per KwH plus 4% in various taxes. Here are some results of my boring study:

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The IRS: A Model of Efficiency

So, I spent a good chunk of my day (11am-1:30pm to be exact) hanging out at the IRS. 2 reasons: problem #1 My refund was $2,000 less than it was supposed to be. Problem #2 I received a random refund check for overpayment of business taxes for $27. Two days later I received a bill for underpayment of business taxes for $27 + late fees. Awesome. Here are some observations during my time:

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