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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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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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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Your Basic Guide to Retirement

Your Basic Guide to Retirement

Being a millennial, I realize that retirement sounds like a foreign, future concept to most people my age. Retirement? I’m only in my 20s/30s; I’ve got at least 30-40 more years of working left before I can retire. Why would I worry about that now? I want to use my money to enjoy my life now. Why bother working if I’m just going to save all my money and not do anything with it. These are all VERY common thoughts…

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1 Million Ways to 1 Million Dollars: Investing

1 Million Ways to 1 Million Dollars: Investing

Today’s post is a guest post from one of my fellow blogger friends. He’s got lots of great posts, so after reading this one here, be sure to check out his blog via the link below. He is also one of the bloggers featured on my Resources page! Hello, my name is David and I run Zero Day Finance, a blog dedicated to helping you control your spending with the ultimate goal of achieving financial independence. I recently wrote a…

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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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The Cost of Insecurities

The Cost of Insecurities

Between magazines, television and social media, it’s almost impossible to be completely confident in the way you look (let alone some other aspects of your life). At the moment I’ve got two Cosmopolitan magazines right next to me and just glancing at the covers is enough to make people feel insecure: photoshopped women posing sexy in skimpy clothing, not to mention the taglines! “Summer Shape-Up: Tone Every Zone in Just Minutes a Day.” “Sun’s Out Buns Out! Easy Moves to…

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