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Why Money Isn’t Everything

More money is the key to happiness, right? Though that’s what the magazine ads and television commercials would have you believe, lately I’m not so sure. I always pursued money thinking it was the answer to all that I lacked. Money would buy me things and elevate me to a more prestigious social class. But at the end of the day, those things don’t matter. So, why do I want more money? Our Spending...

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Why You Need to Pay Yourself First Even if You’re Broke

Surely you’ve heard the advice to “pay yourself first,” but what happens if you never have any money left after the bills are paid? When you wake up every day and the bills are piling up, you’ll wish you had followed this simple piece of financial advice sooner. Now you’re broke, and the money is gone. How can you possibly pay yourself first now? Why should I pay myself first? Paying yourself first sounds easy....

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Why Is My Money Gone (and where did it go?)

Living paycheck to paycheck sucks The number of people in this world living paycheck to paycheck is insane. If you’re one of the almost 80% of Americans who struggle to make ends meet, how do you stretch your paycheck to last the whole month? Here’s my confession: Sometimes, mine doesn’t make it. We’ve had a rough couple of years (tons of medical bills), and lately the hubby and I have made some not-so-great personal finance...

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Expert Hacks to Travel With Only a Carry-On

Traveling with luggage is a hassle. From waiting at the baggage carousel to the added fees the airlines charge to check a bag, it’s stressful and can get quite expensive. The secret to worry-free flying is to travel with only a carry-on suitcase. But is it possible to fit everything you need using only a carry-on? Is Traveling with a Checked Bag Really that Bad? If you’ve never had a bad experience traveling with...

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How to Achieve Financial Independence and Retire Early

The traditional retirement age in America is 65. But a large number of Americans are unable to announce their retirement at the right age. They are spending their golden years on the job. People in our nation have to delay their retirement due to the lack of savings and debt. Many older Americans are struggling with credit card debt, and mortgage and student loan debt. Thus, they can’t say goodbye to the 9-5 work...

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Can Social Media Help Me Get the Job? Top 7 Tips for Job Seekers

Think you know everything there is to know about finding a job? You’ve got the perfect resume, nailed your LinkedIn profile, and practiced the best answers to the toughest interview questions. But if you still haven’t landed the job, have you tried finding a job using social media? Why You Need to Use Social Media when Job-Searching A recent study has found that, while 92 percent of companies are using social media to help...

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How Can I Make Money as a Freelance Writer

Dreaming of trading in your 8-5 job to work from home? Or maybe you’re looking to increase your income to get out of debt faster or to take that big vacation you’ve been thinking of. Whatever your reason, starting a freelance writing career is a great way to earn money on the side or as a full-time career. If you like to write — and are good at it — you can make money...

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The Key to Finding Travel Deals for your Next Family Vacation

Family vacations are one of the most rewarding and adventuresome ways a family can spend their time together. However, planning a family vacation can be stressful, especially when trying to find a deal. There are no shortage of travel destinations, but not all places are created equal and costs can vary by thousands of dollars. How can you save your family money this year when planning a vacation? Be Flexible. The reality of budget...

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Cheap Gifts for Teachers (that they won’t re-gift!)

The two most stressful times of your child’s school year are the beginning and the end. At the start of the school year, there are open houses, new class schedules and getting back into the normal routine after a long, lazy summer. As for the end of the school year, there’s the issue of finding the perfect gift for your child’s teacher. Best Cheap Gifts for Teachers This is something I struggle with every...

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Top 6 Must-Have Skills to Master Life as a Working Mom

As a working mom, life is full of challenges. If I’m being honest, there are some days I’m not even sure I’ll make it to bedtime! Between packing lunches, juggling daycare, sick kids and household chores, making time to progress in your career can seem a laughable pursuit. I’m here to tell you there is hope. It is possible to manage a successful career while being a “Super Mom.” With these 6 skills, you...

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