Tag: financial independence

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Tween Cash Hoarder

I find myself thinking about my childhood lately. I can’t pinpoint the reason why it’s coming up now. Maybe because I recently spent some time with a cousin I grew up with. She lives on the west coast and we don’t see each other often, although we do communicate by text a fair amount. As ...

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Simplify your life: 5 easy ways to save money

Reduce Housing Costs Refinance your mortgage to get a better rate. I found out that someone who sought my help for financial coaching was paying 7% on a mortgage, despite the fact that we are in a historically low interest rate environment where average rates (after 2 central bank increases) are now hovering around 4.5% ...

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Unimpressive Financial Literacy Theater

I consider myself a personal finance nerd. I have always been a hard worker, a saver, an investor who thirsts for knowledge on all money matters. I am an advocate for personal finance education, no matter what age. I have volunteered with adults at community centers, and I always encourage parents to set their kids ...

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Selling a Dream: The Myth of Credit Repair Companies

Poor financial literacy, a shrinking middle class and rampant consumerism  have gotten Americans in a lot of trouble (read: debt). And for every problem, there’s always someone with an entrepreneurial spirit willing to offer you a solution for a fee. Allow me to introduce you to the credit repair guy. He can “boost your score, ...

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Solar Update – September 2017

It’s time for another usual event: getting excited over receiving my utility bill. This year was my first full summer with the panels and I am pleased to report that they are performing as expected. I’ve had negative balances consistently since May which means not only do I not have to pay for the electricity, ...

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What Can you do with $1,400 a Month?

I don’t know about you, but for me, not much. But according to the Social Security Administration, that is approximately the average monthly benefits that retired seniors were receiving as of December of 2016. This highlights the importance of having limited reliance on Social Security income later in life. It is no longer enough to have ...

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Lil’ Ugly: Driving my Way to Financial Freedom

That’s my mom’s nickname for my car: Lil’ Ugly. She came up with that a few weeks ago. I don’t know if she’s just sick of the multiple dents and scrapes peppering the body of my beloved 2008 Honda Accord, but she has been on a pretty aggressive campaign to sow discord between me and ...

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