Full disclosure–I did not start contributing to a retirement account until 2 years ago. Even more disclosure–I did not know the first thing about investing until about 4 years ago. But I’m guessing I’m not the only one. It’s no surprise that the United States is severely lacking in financial education for its youth. Many… Read More WTF is Investing and Where Do I Begin?
Hello, friends! I admit, I’ve been pretty scarce lately. It’s not that I’ve been avoiding writing (far from it, actually). In fact, I’ve just been having trouble keeping up with EVERYTHING I want to do! There’s been a lot going on lately… Next month, we are packing our bags and heading out west to Glacier… Read More Should You Get A Master’s Degree?
I’m not a high-maintenance person. I never used to treat myself. My former roommate can attest to this. She would probably bob her head like a snake and point her finger in your face with a, “Let me tell ya somethin’ about Rinker…” I was the cheapskate chick who never treated herself to anything nice.… Read More Why You Should Treat Yourself on a Budget
Fear is a fascinating concept. From an evolutionary standpoint, fear protects humans and helps them avoid potentially dangerous situations. But when it comes to finances, fear can do just as much harm as it can good. Fear can even be sabotaging your financial security. Outside factors and our own personal fears can wreak havoc on… Read More How Fear is Sabotaging Your Financial Security
I did not feel like doing anything on Saturday. Complete snooze-fest. Seebs couldn’t have been happier. After a couple of minutes tearing around the yard, his Great Dane “energy” was depleted. I was productive, though. I ordered groceries from Giant Eagle Curbside. I’m unsure how I functioned before online ordering for groceries. Who has time… Read More When to Check Your Financial Pulse and Why it Matters
While working on my Master’s, the thought of finding a job after graduation was enough for me to break out into hives and a cold sweat. It was also 2011 and the recession was still a hot slice of fresh hell, so everyone still had high anxiety about the job market. The worst part was… Read More 15 Marketable Skills I Learned in Grad School
Before I knew anything about budgeting or financial planning, I made some pretty horrible financial mistakes. American high school students have to pass English, science, and history, but did anyone ever think a basic finance class would be a good idea?? Everyone has to pay bills and deal with finances, and yet it’s often left… Read More 8 Terrible Financial Mistakes I’ve Made and How to Avoid Them
I distinctly remember having a conversation with a friend about whether or not she should relocate for a career opportunity in a different city. My friend asked my opinion because, a few years ago, I moved to Atlanta and lived there for three years. I said GO FOR IT. She was a young, single woman… Read More 10 Reasons You Should Relocate for Your Career
When was the last time you really thought about what you spend your money on? I used to be terrible at keeping track of my money. It would be a week until payday and, suddenly, I had no money. Thankfully, I got my act together and remembering those days makes me cringe! Even though I… Read More The Finance Diary: How Much I Spend in 1 Week
I’m going to be honest–I’m all about some deals. I have hawk eyes for sales. I’m always on the lookout for advantages that I can incorporate into shopping trips. But it occurred to me recently–am I REALLY the one getting a better deal? Probably not, because let’s be real here–that’s how marketing and advertising works.… Read More How Trying to Save Money Might Be Costing You