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Monthly Goals Update: August

Monthly Goals Update: August

I can’t believe it’s August already! I don’t know if everyone else feels the same, but time is flying lately! I posted my July goals post in mid-July and the middle of the month is a rough time to start working on goals. July was an incredible month. I spent the first 11 days in Italy and then just this past weekend I celebrated my first wedding anniversary in Newport, Rhode Island with my husband. While I had an amazing…

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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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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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4 Reasons You Should Take a Vacation

4 Reasons You Should Take a Vacation

Since it is officially summer now (my favorite season) I wanted to write an article about one of my favorite things, vacation! As many of you may already know I truly love vacationing. It’s one of the things that my husband and I will consistently splurge on. Small trips or big trips; domestic or international; it doesn’t matter. If I am on vacation I am happy. Which is why I was surprised to see that many Americans are letting their…

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8 Ways Personal Finance Blogging Has Changed Me

8 Ways Personal Finance Blogging Has Changed Me

I started YourAverageDough.com at the end of February, so it has been just over 3 months that I have been blogging. I’m not going to lie, blogging is time-consuming and a lot of work, but it’s been great so far. While blogging is not my full-time job, it has still managed to change my life in some ways for the better. And being that I am only a few months in, I’m intrigued to see how many other changes will…

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How Do You Differentiate Yourself?

How Do You Differentiate Yourself?

This weekend as I was doing my usual skimming through various personal finance blogs on the internet a thought popped into my head: “How do I differentiate my blog from the others? How can I make my blog stand out?” Those simple questions brought me back to my graduate school days where I learned about business strategy, marketing, accounting and much more. I plugged in my old portable hard drive and started looking through some of my old class notes…

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