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$20 Date Night Challenge – Nailed It!

$20 Date Night Challenge – Nailed It!

Elle Martinez of Couple Money and Couple Money Podcast issued an interesting challenge. Coordinate a date night/girl’s night out/family fun day, but only spend $20. I first heard the idea during her Money Smart Week presentation (available in the Master Your Money Recap) as she laid out practical tips for couples working to fix their...

Why Are We OK With Debt?

Why Are We OK With Debt?

This was a simple question posed in a podcast episode that aired with a fascinating person, Tim Otis, who’d just paid off $103,000 in student loan debt. I came across him after watching a fabulous happy dance on YouTube. Sometimes you just have to express yourself. However, during our conversation and Tim posed this simple...

Why Your Budget Doesn’t Work

Why Your Budget Doesn’t Work

A side benefit of being immersed in a world of personal finance bloggers is I see A LOT of good tips on everything. 7 ways to rock an all-star budget. Budget your way to success is 3 easy steps. 101 reasons you should start budgeting now. Okay, that last one might be a slight exaggeration....

How the Power of Community Helps You Dump Debt

How the Power of Community Helps You Dump Debt

I’m more convinced than ever that working with a supportive community will positively impact your efforts to achieve debt freedom. That community may be as simple as a spousal unit. You might informally connect with like-minded friends. Or, you can be intentional about creating a support system. Either way – it’s worth the effort.

Master Your Money Recap

Master Your Money Recap

I had the pleasure of working with a phenomenal group of personal finance bloggers to present a two-part webinar for Money Smart Week. Money Smart Week is an annual effort organized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago intended to improve financial literacy nationwide. The week has grown to consist of workshops and seminars in...