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Earning Money on YouTube: Days 146 and 147

By , June 8th, 2013

Returning from being a tour guide, I spent the last two days catching up on a bunch of work that had been pushed aside while I was having fun traveling to all the national parks. While there isn’t anything too exciting to report on the two days since I basically sat in front of the […]


The Wave and Home: Days 144 and 145

By , June 6th, 2013

The last couple of days of the trip sure arrived quickly. One of the main reasons that I was invited to go on this trip as a guide was because my dad and his wife wanted to go and see The Wave (something that everyone should place on their bucket list). The problem is that […]


Bryce Canyon and Zion: Day 142 and 143

By , June 3rd, 2013

I really love the national parks in the west (unfortunately, I haven’t done much traveling to national parks in the east) and the beauty that they possess. Although I have visited them a number of times, they really do offer different perspectives depending on the time of year that you go and what the weather […]


Free Breakfast Tipping: Day 141

By , June 2nd, 2013

I decided as part of my vacation guide responsibilities that instead of heading to the well known national parks in the area like Zion and Bryce Canyon on the first day, I would instead take them on a slot canyon hike. Neither have ever done slot canyon hiking before and it’s pretty unforgettable the first […]


Hotel Tipping: Day 140

By , June 1st, 2013

The vacation guide gig started and today we left Las Vegas to drive to Utah where we will be spending most of this trip. On our way out, I suggested we make a stop at Valley of Fire state park (Nevada) which is someplace I think that anyone visiting the Las Vegas area should take […]


Sister Not Happy I’m A Vacation Guide: Day 136 – 139

By , May 27th, 2013

After finding out the cost of the 90,000 mile car check-up, I decided to try to get a few more no-spend-days under my belt for the minimum wage challenge. While I did do a hike with a friend, I mostly spent the days working on the computer (I know, boring, but not expensive). In addition […]


90,000 Mile Car Service Shock: Day 135

By , May 18th, 2013

I knew that there would be hiccups from time to time in the minimum wage challenge. It would be wonderful if spending was something that could always be prepared for and anticipated, but the reality is that unexpected costs will present themselves from time to time, and a decision what to do will have to […]


Causing a Blood Test Commotion: Day 134

By , May 17th, 2013

It was a pretty uneventful day in regard to spending since most of the day was spent catching up on the things I had put off while on the three day trip. When it comes to the minimum wage challenge, uneventful spending days are days to be celebrated. It wasn’t a no spend day, however, […]


Finding Those Special Spots at Fern Canyon: Days 131 – 133

By , May 16th, 2013

After the recent house sitting gig and the amount of money I saved during that time, I decided that a short trip was in order even while on the minimum wage challenge. I opted to head to Redwood National Park to visit one of those places that is so special that I put it on […]


I’m An Idiot Home Exercise Room Edition: Days 122 – 130

By , May 14th, 2013

As predicted, eight of the last nine days have been no-spend-days as I continue to house sit and work on my writing. This has been great news for the minimum wage challenge. As mentioned before, I had everything that I really needed which gave me the opportunity to save a bit of money, although it […]

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