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Personal Finance New Year’s Resolutions You Can Start TODAY

Note: This post originally published in December 2018. It has been updated for 2019. According to the Merck Animal Health Veterinary Wellbeing Study, one of the biggest stressors in a veterinarian’s life is money. One could argue that this is a top stressor for almost anyone, but veterinarians are especially prone to financial stress. Why?…

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Work-Life Balance Is Not Enough: Focusing on the Bigger Picture

The ever-elusive work-life balance….how does one achieve this? Perhaps the problem is that we have a pretty clear understanding of what constitutes the “work” part, but how exactly do you define the “life” part of this equation? Did we ever feel “life” balance before work entered the picture? One important component of life is your…

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Holiday Spending Tips: Plan Better and Beat the Stress!

Every year, the holiday decorations and holiday-themed music seem to start earlier and earlier.  So do the sounds of credit cards swiping and keys tapping/fingers swiping as online shoppers scour the internet for the best deals. For some people, this is truly the most wonderful time of the year. But for many others, this time…

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Vet Success Stories: 100% Debt Free, Including the Mortgage!

This USDA veterinarian (who wishes to remain anonymous), resides in the Midwest with her husband and children. She also works as a part time associate veterinarian. She wanted to share her story of becoming completely debt-free, including her mortgage!  1.Give us a little of your background and how you got started in veterinary medicine. After…

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Showing Your Money Who’s Boss: The YNAB (You Need A Budget) Method

Do you REALLY need a budget? Well, if you’re wanting to make some significant changes to your money story, then you’ll have to have SOME form of budgeting. I’m sorry to say that your numbers aren’t going to magically fix themselves so that you’re rolling in the dough. That’s the #truth. It’s becoming harder to…

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10 Ways Veterinarians Can Prepare for the Next Recession

A recent plane ride had left me a bit nervous before takeoff. The weather at our destination was supposed to be pretty terrible, with a lot of wind and rain in the forecast. I braced myself for a bumpy plane ride. I was also crossing my fingers that my kids wouldn’t get sick on the…

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Increasing Income as a Veterinarian: 9 Strategies

When you hear the word “budget,” what do people usually think about doing first (other than running the other way as fast as possible)? They usually think about decreasing their spending, which is not very pleasant to think about. It brings about feelings of deprivation, scarcity, and hardship because now you have to question every…

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