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Window Cleaning 101

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Personal Loans to Friends

Personal Loans to Friends

This is one of those tougher questions in personal finance. Should you be a lender to a friend?

The answer is actually pretty complicated, and there are many variables and scenarios to consider before deciding you’ll be a lender.

Below are a few things that you should consider before handing over any money.

Approach it like a business transaction

If you decide to go through with the loan, don’t just hand over a pile of money.

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Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself

Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself

Being a single dad is tough work. Between your job and raising kids as a single dad, taking time for yourself is often hard.

Exercise

Very few single dad’s have time to be in peak physical shape, but don’t cop out and let yourself go.

A healthy amount of exercise will go a long way towards ensuring you get the most out of your body and your life

Eating Healthy

This one is arguably more important than exercise. A healthy diet is key to longevity.

Besides, as a father you are a role model to your kids…. why would they eat their vegetables if you don’t.

Don’t Over Indulge

Let’s face it, as a single father you probably drink too much. Having gone through the collapse of a marriage carries a lot of baggage that never fully goes away. It’s so easy to just sit around on nights when you don’t have your kids and pound a few beers.

My advise is to control you consumption of liquor and other recreational substances. The last thing you want to do is develop a habit or a problem, you’ve got enough on your plate without adding addition.

Get Enough Sleep

To be honest this is one that is hard for me. Having a full time job, a side business and many hobbies result in many late nights.

Proper sleep is vital to a bodies ability to repair and recharge. Make sure you get at least 7 hours a night

Have Friends

Being a single dad, especially to young kids is a lonely job. It’s easy to not have time for a personal life. But it is something that should be a priority, community goes a long way towards mental health.

Also it’s much easier than you think. You don’t need 100 friends, 3 to 5 close ones are perfect. Try and get out at least twice a week.

Stimulate your Brain

Hobbies…. get a hobby. Building model airplanes, puzzles, musical instrument…. the list of possibilities is very long.

Find something you enjoy that can push your motor skills and your mental faculties while being something that relaxes you.

Relax

RELAX!!!! find time everyday to unwind. Whether it’s yoga, half hour of TV, video games, or even a long bath.

Find something that can be your go-to reset button, so you can decompress and reset

Conclusion

Focusing on these simple things will help bring balance to your crazy life

Feedback

What things do you focus on to take care of yourself? Use the comments below.

Cost Effective Activities to do with your kids

Cost Effective Activities to do with your kids

As a single dad you are probably living life financially close to the edge. Between supporting your own house, your kids and paying an evil ex…. things are probably tight.

That being said you probably want to be the best dad possible, which means getting the kids out of the house.

With that in mind I’ve put together a short list of some of my favorite cheap/free activities to do with my kids.

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Laundry 101

Welcome to Laundry 101

Laundry was actually one of my household chores when I was married…. and surprisingly it’s gotten a lot simpler since I got divorced for many reasons including:

  • My ex had as many pieces of clothing as me and the two kids combined
  • Her morning ritual of trying on 4 outfits while trying to pick one would often result in clean cloths landing on the floor that would eventually end up in the laundry
  • She didn’t believe in wearing things twice
  • She owned lots of things that had special washing rules… which I often broke… resulting in wreaked clothes and a fight

Laundry 101 in the washing machineLaundry is now a very peaceful thing in my life… since if I wreak something I don’t care… and there is no one telling me I’m doing it wrong… lol

That being said I plan on sharing the basics of doing laundry as a single dad. I’m lucky enough to have young kids, particularly a young daughter, so for now laundry is still easy.

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Best Valentine’s Day Ever

I Had the Best Valentine’s Day Ever This Year

I’m sure your first question is “Hey SingleDad, why was it the best”

Well that’s easy, it was the best because I did FUCK ALL!!!! lol

I’ve always been a bit anti valentine’s day due to the silliness of a mass produced artificial sentiments day. But when I was dating and then married to my wife I had to play the game.

But now that I’m free….. I’m FREE!!!!

I literally spent this past Valentine’s Day doing nothing, and it was epic.

I know this is kind of a silly blog post, but I was thinking about this today and thought I would share. So to make it even more silly below you’ll find a bunch of fun anti valentine’s day meme images from the internet…. enjoy!

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Square Foot Garden: Planning a Garden

Square Foot Garden: Planning a Garden

So…. I have something to admit…. I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to planning and excel. I felt like sharing my insanity with you… so below you’ll find my 2015 spring garden plans.

Box 1 (5’x5′)

This is my first 5 foot by 5 foot Square Foot Garden box

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This is my first 5 foot by 5 foot Square Foot Garden box

I’ve never gardened before, but like most men I believe in the saying “Go big or go home”!

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