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Stop The #HouseShaming, People!

April 25, 2018
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Last week, 3 different people emailed me asking for advice because they keep getting pressured by friends and family (especially family) *to buy a home* when neither one of them wants to. I got so riled up after the last message that I shot the following tweet out which caused quite the hubbub for a hot minute or so: As it turns out, I wasn’t […]

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The Cost of Sentimental Value

April 18, 2018
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You know what guys? I think I’m going to change the name of this blog to ReaderEmailsAreSexy.com because I just can’t stop sharing all these notes I keep getting!!! They’re so juicy! And probably since I keep sharing them over and over, I keep getting more and more and thereby extending the circle of email life even further, haha… I LOVE IT! (Unless you guys […]

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Put Savings Towards Mortgage Balance, or Nah?

April 9, 2018
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That was the subject line of an email I just got :) And since we’ve been on a roll dishing out real life #’s and journeys, let’s add another to the mix and help a reader out, shall we? What would you do if you were in her position? (The first thing I’d do is crack open a bottle of champagne and celebrate!!! Check out […]

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“I’m Semi-Retiring at 43!”

April 2, 2018
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Got another fun email for ya today! Got me grinning from ear to ear over here, and hopefully it inspires you to get out there and make your dreams happen too. Or at least try and get your expenses down even more – this woman is living off $1,000/mo! For a family of four!! How does she do it? Clues – and her budget – […]

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“You might get a kick out of our recent financial journey”

March 21, 2018
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Morning! Been emailing with a new reader of this blog, and in the middle of it he shot me his entire financial/career life story which I thought you’d love to see too as voyeurs ;) Always something so raw and beautiful about this type of stuff – no one ever shares in the real word! The clip’s below, along with some follow up questions I […]

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Reader Question: What To Do With A $100k Inheritance?

September 11, 2017
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Heyo! Okay, this is totally going to look planned considering last Friday’s hypothetical on winning $100,000, but I swear this is a real question and that our friend here did not win any magical genie requests :) In fact, she got the money through the opposite of a fun situation :( Here’s her note below, followed by my own thoughts for her to marinate on […]

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Seeking Financial Stability as a Gay, Non-White, Man of Muslim Faith

April 21, 2017
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So I got a pretty intense email the other day, and my gut said to share it here with y’all in hopes it broadens our perspectives more. We talk a lot about our dreams and perfect lifestyles that money brings, but something that’s easily forgotten is how important the *safety* and *security* money can bring is too. Especially for those with drastically different backgrounds than […]

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“How Do I Use This Money To Honor My Grandparents?”

February 8, 2017
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Got an email recently from someone and almost overlooked it as the title said something about asking my opinion on savings bonds, zzz… Fortunately I pushed through, and hidden inside was a lovely question about how to honor some gifts given to the person around 30 years earlier :) Here is the note below, followed by my kinda-sorta-could-be-good-advice afterwards? I’ll need your help coming up […]

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If You Can Afford to Spend It, You Can Afford to Save It.

January 23, 2017
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What’s up party people! It’s Monday – get excited!!! What’s that? Mondays are lame? Okay, let’s try it again – It’s Monday, y’all!! Check out this awesome new savings idea I just heard, along with a raw and transparent history of someone’s real financial life who just laid it all out in an email for us to gawk at today! Get excited!! Any better? :) If so, continue […]

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What Do You Wish You Would Have Known at 17?

August 29, 2016
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Got another juicy email from a reader and thought you’d enjoy the Q&A :) What would you tell this guy if you could?* (*you can – just leave your thoughts in the comments below! ;)) Hello… My name is Jonathan (stalk my Facebook if you like) and I need to get my life together. I have recently turned 17, reside in the UK and have […]

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UGHHH – How Do I Cash Out of This?

June 22, 2016
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That was the subject line of an email I just got. It was enough to get my attention, so hopefully it got yours too :) If not, I guess I can say anything I want right now and you’ll never see it? Hmm… YOU LOVE JUSTIN BIEBER!!! HA-HA-HA! I’m going to prank everyone tomorrow and you’re gonna fall for it! Everyone gets $100 today, except […]

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Returning Used Stuff – Cool or No?

June 15, 2016
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When I was a senior in college I needed a new boombox something bad. My old one had broke, and if I was going to pull off these epic parties coming up I had to get a replacement STAT. So I did what every college student does: I rushed out to Walmart, picked out the biggest most ridiculous looking stereo I could find, and brought […]

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How Can You Tell if an Experience is Worth it?

June 10, 2016
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Got a great email from a reader the other day and thought you’d want to chime in :) As someone who has just made a pretty big decision personally in the “experience” department (though one that actually pays vs the other way around! Haha…) it’s been something a lot on our minds too. Here’s the note/question: What up J$!  I read an article about 5 […]

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“I’m gonna live the life I want to live and nobody’s gonna stop me.”

April 27, 2016
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I heard you could use some mid-week motivation? :) Check out these notes from three different people who’ve stopped by this blog recently to share their progress and stories. Just further proof we all have it in us to rock this stuff if we really care enough to make it happen! And it doesn’t matter where you’re starting out either, so long as you actually […]

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