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Sometimes Lifestyle Inflation is a Good Thing

September 9, 2016

Generally, when you hear about “lifestyle inflation” in the personal finance community, it’s got a negative connotation. I get it. When people think of lifestyle inflation, they think of wasted money. People waste their increased income by putting it toward new or more expensive things rather than their financial goals. This is why increasing your income … Continued

Why I Decided to Shell Out $170 Per Month for a Personal Trainer

August 25, 2016

It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with my body weight for the past few years. I’ve talked about the struggle of having to either buy bigger pants or change my eating habits to help my current pants fit. I’ve talked about how Crossfit used to be a part of my budget but that I decided … Continued

Why You’re Having a Hard Time Simplifying Your Life

August 16, 2016

Today I have a guest post for you from Lorin. Lorin is a fairly new blogger who is sharing her real life stories about perseverance, character, and hope. Enjoy! You desire to live a life where you can wake up in the morning without worrying what is to come. You desire to have simplicity, yet … Continued

Life is Short: Do What Makes You Happy

April 11, 2016

We have all heard the old adage, “If you do what makes you happy, you won’t work a day in your life,” and yet more than half of all working Americans are unsatisfied with their job, according to The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey. Why is this? Why don’t people do what makes them happy? … Continued

10 Frugal Things To Do Besides Watching TV Tonight

March 24, 2016

At the end of a long work day, all I want to do is veg out in front of the TV mindlessly for a few minutes before passing out for the night. That said, my parents and brother had a bit of an “intervention” with my last week when I was sick (that’s why I’ve … Continued

How Single People Can Show Themselves Love on Valentine's Day

February 11, 2016

The topic of discussing this week seems to be the impending holiday, Valentine’s Day. I’m not really sure why, but this holiday really brings out some strong feelings in most people. In the most recent episode of the Financial Conversation podcast, we were actually quite divided on our feeling about this holiday. Even though I’m … Continued

5 Frugal Valentine Gifts to Make for Friends

February 3, 2016

Whoever said that Valentine’s Day had to be about couples and romance? In my humble opinion, Valentine’s Day is much more fun when shared with friends as well. You also don’t need to spend a ton of money to show your friends, family, or coworkers that you’re thinking of them this Valentine’s Day. There are … Continued

How to Beat Your Winter Slump

January 20, 2016

Guys I’ve been in kind of a slump lately. While I’ve still been doing pretty good at prioritizing both my financial and health goals for 2016, I have completely fallen off the wagon in other areas. I have been tired, grouchy, and irritated that I can’t get outside. I honestly think the majority of this feeling … Continued

Taking a New Approach: My 2016 Goals

December 28, 2015

Whew! Christmas is over and the New Year is right around the corner, or just down the hall since it’s this week!!! I’m not really sure where 2015 went and although I didn’t get all of my 2015 goals accomplished, I’m still proud of how far I came. I did get a few of them … Continued

25 Ways to Bless Someone for Free This Holiday Season

December 14, 2015

‘Tis the season of giving to others less fortunate. Although I try my best to give back all year round, I know that giving back and blessing others is higher up on most people’s priority list this time of year, as it should be. The holidays tend to make us feel more giving, but that can … Continued

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