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Did you know you have to pay taxes on all winnings?!

January 17, 2020
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It’s true… Winnings are considered “income” and you can get in some serious doo-doo if you try to hide it. Though reputable places will at least remind you of it when they send you a nice tax doc at the end of the year informing you they’re reporting it to the IRS :) And it’s not only applicable to things like winning the lottery or […]

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It’s official – I’m a Minivan Dad!!

January 16, 2020
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And boy, do I feel like a dad haha… One of the first things I actually noticed, but it’s kinda cool! I AM a dad, and I’m proud to be one! :) I’m not sure it’s my favorite car yet, but after a week of driving it so far it isn’t the worst thing in the world… And my kids are obsessed with it! They […]

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Side Hustle #78: Being a TV / Film Extra! [$200+/day]

January 15, 2020
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[Welcome to another edition of our Side Hustle Series! This time around one of my FAVORITE gigs I’ve always wanted to try but still haven’t – yet ;) Peggy Bree stops by the blog today to share her experience being in over 200 shows/films over the past 6 years, and what you can expect to be paid from it all… Seems like the perfect gig […]

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When does it make sense to spend more on your looks?!

January 14, 2020
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Didn’t think I’d be blogging about *looks* today, but I’d be lying if I said this stuff hasn’t crossed my mind in the past either :) Maybe you’re the same? Here’s a convo I recently had with a reader, and would love to get your take on it too… Is it all a bunch of malarkey, or are there certain times when spending more on […]

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What are some of your controversial personal finance beliefs?

January 13, 2020
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Answered this question on Twitter last year, then got re-sucked back into it all again when it bubbled back up randomly this morning ;) Now passing it on to you to give your brain a work out! Haha… Here were my answers to it, and then I’ll list out some others from the community I found interesting as well… Maybe you have some controversial beliefs […]

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Favorite reads around the web this month ✨

January 10, 2020
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Happy Friday, guys! How are your 409s doing? ;) Plucked out a lot of great articles for you this month, so no talking about how “bored” you are anytime soon like my 5 y/o likes to do – EVEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY (!!!) Consider these your overflowing “toys”, only they make you rich in the end and never require a bloody battery… Read anything good […]

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Cheat Sheet on “The Automatic Millionaire”

January 9, 2020
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Mornin’! So if you’ve never read the classic $$$ book, “The Automatic Millionaire” by David Bach, today you luck out and get a cheat sheet on it to tide you over until you wise up ;) The winner of it from our giveaway just emailed me saying she devoured it in two days and it’s now one of her top 3 favorite finance books (as […]

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A Financial PowerPoint Presentation That Screams “I Love You!”

January 8, 2020
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Remember our guy last year who put together a 19 slide PowerPoint presentation to woo the socks off his beautiful wife? Well he’s at it again this year! And upped the game by adding an additional 15 slides for good measure ;) If I didn’t know better I’d say he’s just out to grab another Husband of The Year nod, but going through these slides […]

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“If he doesn’t make some progress I will have to end our 6 year relationship.”

January 7, 2020
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Got this email last week and it sure took a different turn than I was expecting! Are any of you feeling like this in your relationship too?! Could you be on the OPPOSITE side of the equation and blissfully ignoring the trouble that’s brewing ahead?! Was waiting to hear what happened so I didn’t leave you with a cliffhanger, and just got the update so […]

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Product of The Month –> Debit Card Sleeves with Ledger!

January 6, 2020
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I know the month’s only got started, but I’m calling it now – this is The Product of The Month! Debit/credit card sleeves that come with mini ledgers! So you can track stuff on the go!! Love this $hit, haha… And if that’s not exciting on its own, check out the price: $2.75 WITH FREE SHIPPING!! Got turned on to these by Dan B. and […]

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My *Favorite* Blog Posts of The Year!

January 3, 2020
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Happy Friday!! So yesterday we shared the most popular blog posts from across the year, but today I wanted to highlight some of the ones that were my FAVORITES to publish. Either because they were fun as hell to write, or because they contained some little nugget that got me to think about stuff in a new way. And not relating at all, but today […]

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The Most Popular Posts This Year!

January 2, 2020
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Morning, my dudes! (as said like my 5 y/o) Hope you had a great New Year’s break! Did you see that note the J. Money Fairy left us yesterday??! A true story that’s important to keep in mind as the year ticks on ;) But while we’re still in the spirit of reflecting right now, I thought we’d continue the tradition of sharing the most […]

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A New Year’s Secret

January 1, 2020
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Most people don’t know this, but I promise it’s true. A fairy once told me, Now I pass it on to you! He flew into my bedroom, late one New Year’s Eve, to tell me The Secret, which I was thrilled to receive. He said “when the clock hits 12, and the old year’s replaced, it’s time to start fresh! All fails get erased!” I […]

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What were your most memorable purchases this year?

December 31, 2019
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Happy New Year’s Eve!! Anyone partying it up a la 1999 tonight? I was pulling an all-nighter with my college friends back then, which is a far cry from what we’ll be doing tonight – SLEEPING IN ALL NIGHT after a cup or two of hot cocoa with our kids, depending on how wild we want to get ;) Before we get to all that […]

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