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7 Easy Ways to Save Money Each Month

7 Easy Ways to Save Money Each Month

Saving money isn’t always as hard as people make it out to be. It’s easy to save money if you put the time and attention in that it requires. The following tips are super simple ways to save money each month, which will help you increase your savings. 1. Become a DIYer Doing things yourself, rather than paying for a service, can help you save a TON of money. While DIY may not be the easiest thing for some people,…

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How to Be Fashionable and Financially Savvy

How to Be Fashionable and Financially Savvy

A fun fact about me: I used to be a fashion blogger! I started a blog called East Coast Chic back in 2014. I quit fashion blogging for a few reasons. 1) it’s really difficult to keep up with high quality pictures. My cousin is actually a photographer and would take photos for me, but she lives 45 from me, so we would have to shoot a bunch of outfits each time. My husband (boyfriend turned fiancé at the time),…

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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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An Easy Way to Invest in ETFs

An Easy Way to Invest in ETFs

As I’ve been reading through other personal finance blogs, I have noticed something that keeps popping up on many of them: ETFs. While I know what ETFs are, I have never actually invested in one. If you have read my prior blog posts, my husband and I typically invest in individual companies rather than picking ETFs. So, last week when a friend of mine, who is also a subscriber of the blog and a fellow accountant, reached out to me to…

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The Best Credit Cards For Travel, Food and More

The Best Credit Cards For Travel, Food and More

I want to put it out there that I am not a points hacker. There are plenty of people out there who know more about credit card points and how to use them to their advantage than I do; however, I would consider myself fairly knowledgeable in the area. While I don’t necessarily go out of my way to open up tons of credit cards in order to get the best sign-up bonuses and points for every single purchase I…

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Your Average Dough’s Summer Reading List

Your Average Dough’s Summer Reading List

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation if you click on links within this post. All opinions are my own. See my Disclaimer page for more. With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner (how is that possible already!?), I have created a short summer reading list. The list below contains books covering a wide range of topics with a focus on money, investing, lifestyle management and team building. With TV, Netflix, Facebook, video games, podcasts and the…

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10 Apps to Help You Save Money

10 Apps to Help You Save Money

Smartphones have officially taken over the world. It is very rare that people go anywhere without their phones. They’re used for everything from taking pictures to posting on social media to texting to banking. Did you know you can also use your phone to save yourself money? I mean if you’re going to have it with you at all times, you might as well be gaining something from it. I’ve rounded up 10 great apps that will save you money,…

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