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Small Change Led to Big Changes in Our Family

Collecting Coins: How Small Change Turns Into Big Change

There are two things I love – walking for leisure and using exact change. I'll dig in my purse, wallet, cup holders – wherever I can – till I...
How Mortgage Rates Affect What Home You Can Afford

How Mortgage Rates Affect What Home You Can Afford

Owning a home is a huge part of the traditional American dream. Buying a home has become easier recently, thanks to almost record-low interest rates on 30-year fixed mortgages. If...
Warren Buffet Had a Mentor – Do You?

Warren Buffet Had a Mentor – Do You?

Many of the greatest minds have been molded by mentors. Warren Buffett had Benjamin Graham; Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo!) had Larry Page (co-founder of Google); even Simba had...
Surviving Divorce: How I Managed in the Months Afterward

Surviving Divorce: How I Managed in the Months Afterward

 In 2010, my husband of 21 years moved out – the day after Thanksgiving. As you can imagine, Christmas was awesome at our house that year. Surviving divorce isn't easy...
Female Breadwinners: Putting Our Husbands Through School

Female Breadwinners: Putting Our Husbands Through School

In the cookie-cutter world of 1950s America, the wife stayed home all day cooking, cleaning, and wrangling a large brood of children. The notion of "female breadwinners" was oxymoronic....
Want to BYOB? That Is, Be Your Own Boss.

Want to BYOB? That Is, Be Your Own Boss.

Self-employment isn't for everyone. BYOB – or "being your own boss" – can be tricky. Mainly because once you become self-employed, you're in charge of everything from billing and...
Financial Compatibility is Crucial for Your Relationship – Here's Why

Financial Compatibility is Crucial for Your Relationship – Here’s Why

Financial compatibility is one of the most important things to consider when you're entering a relationship. Sadly, I have many stories about money being a stressor in my relationships....
cheap housing: I Lived in a Home That Had a ‘For Sale’ Sign Outside

I Lived in a Home That Had a ‘For Sale’ Sign...

Looking for cheap housing? I have a story that might get your creative juices flowing...The house had been sitting empty for years. He had bought it for his mother,...
Student Loans: Watch For The Tax Trap When Seeking Forgiveness

Student Loans: Watch for the Tax Trap When Seeking Forgiveness

December 11, 2012 is a day that I will never forget. I'd just gotten off the phone with my mother, and we were both in tears. Her permanent disability was approved...
What's the Real Cost of That Passionate Affair?

What’s the Real Cost of That Passionate Affair?

Splashes of perfume – one on each wrist and one dash at the base of your neck. A surreptitious smile. Sly glances at your phone. A hotel room booked...
Looking for housing? Interview the Landlord Before Signing the Lease

Want to Avoid a Housing Nightmare? Interview Your Landlord!

“All this for only $750 a month?” Jenny asked, astonished. She couldn’t help but be a little suspicious. There must be a catch. But Jenny couldn’t see a reason...
What Do You Do If You Suddenly Find Yourself Broke?

What Do You Do If You Suddenly Find Yourself Broke?

I often say that if I was broke and had absolutely no money, it wouldn’t be a big deal. I would become a waitress – like I was in...
Financial Wellness: One Millennial Struggles to Define 'Wealthy'

Financial Wellness: One Millennial Struggles to Define ‘Wealthy’

What does it mean to be wealthy? When I was younger, I used to think that being rich involved a castle, a few ponies, and a moat. It was...

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