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Month: July 2017

Can You Afford to Own a Pet?

Can You Afford to Own a Pet?

One of my best friends just got a puppy and, as a dog lover, I am BEYOND excited for her! Since we got our dog a little over two years ago, her and I have been having a lot of discussions comparing our experiences thus far and one thing that has come up a few times is how much things cost. While the idea of getting a pet is absolutely wonderful, and so is the reality pet ownership most of…

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How Marriage Impacted Our Finances

How Marriage Impacted Our Finances

This weekend my husband and I will be celebrating one year of marriage (officially July 30th). It is CRAZY to me how fast this past year has gone by. While it has been an amazing one, I just can’t believe our wedding was a year ago already! I figured our one year anniversary was a good time to discuss how being married has affected our finances. A little background: my husband and I bought our house in 2013, 3 years…

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The One Word That Can Save You Money

The One Word That Can Save You Money

You’re probably wondering how a WORD can save you money, right? It sounds funny, but it really is that simple. Just say no (and follow up in action) and you will see your savings increase over time! Let me elaborate. In order to say “no” to save money, you have to turn your choices into questions. Take dieting, for example; one small step of dieting that people say helps is that when it comes to snacking you need to determine if…

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Italy: A Magical Place

Italy: A Magical Place

“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” -John Steinbeck As many of you know, I recently traveled to Italy for vacation. There’s been a few requests for details about my trip, so I figured why not summarize it all in a blog post? Our trip to Italy was absolutely fantastic (but that goes without saying, really). It was well-deserved and much needed. If…

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Why I Bought a Luxury Vehicle

Why I Bought a Luxury Vehicle

Being a blogger means a lot of people knowing some personal things about you and, naturally, forming opinions on those things. Sometimes I worry about judgement I’ll receive for certain lifestyle choices I make if I put the information out there. However, I like the idea of being very transparent with my readers. I don’t want to be giving advice under false pretenses, which is why I’m using this post to admit something that I know many other personal finance…

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Personal Goals for July

Personal Goals for July

I decided to start a series of monthly goals and updates each month. Since this is my first post of the series, I have no updates to give just yet. I am aware that we are already halfway through July; however, I set these goals as of June 30th and haven’t gotten around to sharing them with all of you. I want to share my goals with everyone to keep myself accountable and because I aim to be as open,…

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Guest Post: How We Paid Off $73k in 4 Years

Guest Post: How We Paid Off $73k in 4 Years

Today I’m sharing with you an inspirational debt payoff story via a guest post by Jamie. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.   Hi, my name is Jamie Griffin and I run the blog Mr. Jamie Griffin, where I help families struggling with student loan debt achieve financial freedom. My goal is to help people realize that their circumstances are temporary, and through hard work, you can overcome any financial challenge and create a new family…

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Can the Market Get It Wrong?

Can the Market Get It Wrong?

Investing in the market today can be tough, especially if you are trying to build a portfolio of individual stocks. With the US stock market at an all-time high, many people are starting to question the strength of the rally and when it will run out of steam. Now before we get too far into it, if you are a long term investor then you probably don’t care as much about the current price of the market because your investment…

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