I have yet to speak on the topic of money and relationships, and one of the reasons why is because it can get pretty heated. There’s one news article after another pronouncing that the #1 cause for divorce is money, and for obvious reasons. Money can be easy to come by, but it’s just as easy to spend up and find yourself strapped for cash. If you get into a relationship with someone whose attitude towards money is the complete opposite of your own, things can go south quickly. Continue reading
I was having a conversation with my husband the other day, and he was teasing me like he always does about how much I keep track of money. Ever since we got married (and even before), I have created a budget, checked our accounts every day, and raised hell any time an unknown fee or transaction pops up. Continue reading
I will be the first to admit that I have had my fair share of splurging when I should have been saving. I got my first job when I was 17 and even though I was making minimum wage working four days a week, I thought I was balling. At the time, I was obsessed with Bebe and Juicy Couture, and that’s what all of my paychecks went towards.
Growing up, I remember my parents moving our family from a small, cramped two-bedroom apartment in an area that was quickly turning into the “hood,” to a 3-bedroom home in a quiet suburban neighborhood. We had a basement, a big backyard to play in, and a driveway where my stepdad would put up a goal for the family to shoot basketball on the weekends. My parents still live in that house until this day, and that house has always been a symbol of stability in my mind. Continue reading
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I am one of many that signed on that fateful dotted line years ago to finance my education. I was in my early 20s and took out several small loans to finish my two-year degree when Pell grants were no longer enough, and I even managed to get my mother to co-sign a loan to help foot the bill for my first semester at a private university. Continue reading
1. They always pop up after you THOUGHT you knew what you would be paying upfront.
We’ve all had those moments where we had an idea of how much we would be paying for a product or service, only to have a Continue reading
As financial independence is buzzing on the radar of many, it seems that everybody who is anybody is coming up with ideas to make extra money on the side, whether it’s babysitting, doing hair, or selling home-cooked meals. Punching in at a 9-to-5 for 30 years and collecting a nice pension at the end isn’t as attainable Continue reading