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Magical Genie Asks: Would You Gain 25 lbs to Wipe out ALL Your Debt?

August 9, 2013
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YES! Another awesome/crazy/doesn’t-mean-much survey! My fave ;) This time up is Credit Karma (why are they always from credit score places?) who hired a company to research how people feel about their looks vs debt. And the findings are just as interesting as the survey we last posted about on credit scores vs looks. Here’s the biggie from the results: 72% of Americans would rather […]

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How I Fought My Financial Demons of The Past and Won

June 27, 2013
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(Guest post by Natalie of the blog, Debt And The Girl) Do you ever feel like something is hovering over your shoulder? Like something is looming behind you that you cannot explain? I certainly have. It is not a menacing presence but more of a reminder of financial “demons of my past” as I like to call it. (Editor’s Note: Anyone watch Dexter? :)) We […]

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Which Is Harder: Paying off Debt or Saving Money?

May 28, 2013
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Every week I get asked whether someone should pay off their debt first or save instead, and every week I pretty much say the same thing: Go with whichever one makes you feel better. You really can’t go wrong doing either, so – to me – it’s more about what will keep you motivated to get the job done over the nitty gritty details of […]

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You Can Always Switch Where Your Money’s Going.

April 1, 2013
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I’ve been meaning to blog about this for quite some time, and then over the weekend a fellow reader got it out of me in an email exchange :) Which is copied & pasted below for your pleasure/learning/entertainment. Nothing incredibly Earth shattering or anything, but nonetheless something to keep in mind if you’re debating between some serious decisions. Here’s the email that started it: I […]

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4 Debt Lessons From The End of the World

March 28, 2013
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(Guest Post by fellow blogger Ben Edwards, whose new book on debt is free today through Amazon!) Hollywood loves to speculate about how the world as we know it will end. They’ve tried to kill us off with asteroids, aliens, zombies, self-aware computers, natural disasters, and disease. These scenarios definitely make for interesting entertainment, but I’m hoping they’re wrong about all those nasty endings. Although […]

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Bye Bye American Refinance Pie

March 25, 2013
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Remember that awesome refinancing idea I had back in January? (Well, awesome to me but dumb to a portion of you? ;)) Whelp, I’ve finally decided to shoot it down myself for the time being. Oddly enough it was a lot harder to fine someone to loan us $65,000 than I initially thought ;) Haha… But I still very much love the idea! (For those […]

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On Debt: Generation X vs. Generation Y

March 20, 2013
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Came across this pretty cool press release this morning by SaveUp.com (weird right? a press release being cool? ;)), and thought it made for some perfect banter today. Little pieces of A.D.D. candy for us finance nerds, if you will. Here were the quick takeaways: Generation X (born in 1965-1980) <– Where I fall, unfortunately. Average mortgage debt: $181,706 (over 21% above the US average) […]

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8 Questions About Your Money and Your Spouse :)

March 13, 2013
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Hidey-ho! Came across this article by Dinks Finance that I liked (seems like I’m always pimping them lately?), and wanted to share the questions they posed with y’all. And also answer them out loud for myself too, just to see where I personally fall with these matters… If you don’t have a spouse, substitute your girlfriend or boyfriend or even your dog – we won’t […]

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Total Baby Costs Hit $10,000!

March 4, 2013
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Hello hello! If you ever doubted that babies cost a lot of money, let this post be a clear warning sign ;) I just ran all the numbers and updated our Total Baby Cost Tracker, and it seems we have now crossed into the quadruple digit range. That was fast!! Here’s a snapshot of the previous totals so far: Before birth: $2,781.73 Total at 2 […]

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4 Tricks to Save More, Spend Less, and Pay Off Debt

February 14, 2013
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(Guest Post by Trevor van Hemert) Today I’d like to show how I trick myself into spending much less money without the need for budgeting. I use three different psychological tricks in three categories: Survival, Slavery, and Mileage. I’m giving you three so you can pick the one that best resonates with you! But I’d like to start off by describing a well-known personal finance […]

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