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How Women Can Regain Lost Financial Ground

When it comes to personal finance and money management, women need to talk more. To be more specific, Natalie Elisha Gold, author of Money Momma: The Women’s Wealth Bible for the Digital Age, says women are not getting educated about money and that often has a lot to do with the fact that it’s seen as a taboo subject. “Women are not talking about money and they don’t know where to turn,” begins Go […]

Inspiration from Yuval Noah Harari, Notability, Heraclitus, Rhiannon Giddens, and More

Once a month (or so), I share a dozen things that have inspired me to greater personal, professional, and financial success in my life. I hope they bring similar success to your life. 1. […]

Retiring, Sooner or Later

Marie wrote in with a really nice mailbag question: Do you think it’s better to retire a few years early and have to live with a tight budget or keep working for a few more years which will probably be your healthiest years so you can have more money when you retire? I’m 57 and can retire now but things would be lean for me. […]

Finding Grocery Store Value: 10 Inexpensive Food Items That Work in a Lot of Meals

One of the most transformative things you can do to alter your spending habits is to learn how to cook at home while using inexpensive staple foods as the backbone of your diet. […]

Tips for Avoiding Credit Repair Scams

As someone who’s working to pay off significant credit card balances, as well as student loan debt, there’s rarely a week that goes by when I don’t receive some sort of debt relief marketing. I often find myself flummoxed by the increasingly creative ways that these companies find to get their message in front of me. […]

The Things Money Can’t Fix Are Often the Ones That Drain Our Finances

Whenever I find that I’ve made a spending mistake and spent money foolishly, I find that it was some kind of an attempt to use money to fix something that can’t really be fixed by money. I’ll spend unplanned money on hobbies sometimes because I’m frustrated at not being able to give that hobby I care about the time I want to give to it, and a purchase feels like a substitute for that lack of time. […]

You Lost Your Auto Insurance. Now What?

You get caught driving with a too-high blood alcohol limit, or have a high-speed crash, and your insurance company breaks up with you. Or you received a letter that states your insurance policy will not be renewed when the current term ends. What should you do? Deal with it, and quickly. If you plan to drive, you can’t not have vehicle insurance. […]

Blue Sky Auto Loans Review

Blue Sky Auto Finance is an online lending platform that connects borrowers with lenders who offer auto loans. […]

RateGenius Auto Loan Refinancing Review

RateGenius can help you find affordable auto loan refinancing or lease buyouts with rates as low as 2.99%. The company itself doesn’t actually extend these loans, however. […]

10 Simple Yet Life-Changing Personal Finance Strategies

In past years, I gave a series of personal finance talks for local organizations. As my kids got older, I stepped back from doing this, but I still keep my deck of slides fresh with content that lines up with everything I’ve learned about personal finances. Most of my slides are just pictures of my family or of friends or of my home. They feature one, two, or three bolded words on them. […]