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Before You Set Another Financial Goal, Figure Out What YOU Want

This year, I’m doing something a little unorthodox. I didn’t set any personal goals for the new year — and that includes financial goals. Instead of setting goals for this year, I’m calling this my “year of exploration.” You don’t have to spend a whole year trying to figure out who you are and what you want, but before you…

I Took Out a Higher Interest Rate Loan and I’m So Glad I did

About a few months ago, my condo building had a leak that damaged several units including mine. The total damage came out to be over $11,000. Although I had homeowners insurance, the process to file a claim would’ve taken over two months. If you’ve ever experienced anything like this, I’m sure you understand the dire need to get contractors out…

7 Last Minute Things to Get Done Before The Start of Summer

I love the summer and getting extra time off, but there always seems to be something that gets overlooked. We all know Summer is coming but we allow procrastination to get the better of us. While not bad, per se, it can hinder us in the long run. The Summer time is when your expenses can skyrocket out of nowhere. Vacations, BBQs,…

Can Poor Credit Affect My Job Search?

You spend hours perfecting your resume and cover letter for your dream job. The interview goes smoothly and the employer wants to offer you the position. But there’s one more hurdle to pass: the background check, which includes a credit screenings. To your surprise, the employer is forced to pursue other candidates because your credit profile doesn’t quite check out….

How to Break the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle

We often think of people living paycheck-to-paycheck as those who earn a lower income or struggle with debt. It makes sense as living paycheck-to-paycheck results in little to no money left in the bank at the end of each month. Surprisingly, the former issue isn’t always the case. A recent survey conducted by CNBC reports that 25 percent of those…

4 Ways Frugality Is A Fool’s Errand

I discovered the wonders of frugality when I was paying off debt. In my previous life, I spent money on any whim that surfaced. Whether it was large or small, I made the purchase with little thought to how I could pay for it. After a few years, my spend crazy ways forced frugality into my life. All of a…

When Do You Cut The Cord on Your Adult Children?

As a parent of three young children, I want to do all I can to provide for them. That’s as simple as providing food and shelter to more long-lasting needs. In every case, we want to do all we can for our kids, which includes sacrificing our own needs or wants as parents. There comes a point, however, when you…

3 Money Tasks to Get Your New Year Started Right

Every New Year, there’s an overabundance of hope that the turning of the calendar will create a significant divide between the old and the new. We like to believe this year will be markedly better than the last, but often times the how of this belief is vague, to say the least. Come the first of January, we’ll suddenly feel…