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Good Life. Better.
General Finance
budgeting, career, investing, paying off debt, retirement, saving money
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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I love listening to podcasts. Lucky for me, there are so many amazing ones out there, and on such a wide variety of topics, that I have yet to run out of great—and did I mention free?—content.  One of my favorites is the personal finance podcast Better Off with Jill Schlesinger.   She knows her stuff and her blunt delivery style makes me laugh. On the show, Jill starts out each interview ...
Posted: Oct 17 2017 @ 6:00 AM
It is a weird, weird world we live in.  I still remember when I got my first job that paid over $25,000 a year and how excited I was that it meant I no longer needed to work retail part-time to supplement my income. Now, I make $25,000 many times over and yet what did I do back in November 2015?  I started a side hustle.  Go figure. What is a Side ...
Posted: Oct 12 2017 @ 6:47 AM
I am a big believer in reducing the number of decisions I have to make on a daily basis.  Setting bright lines means: I don’t have to waste time (and will-power) figuring out how to respond in a specific situation because… I have already decided ahead of time what my response will be. The rules I have established apply to lots of areas of my life, everything from how I spend my money ...
Posted: Oct 09 2017 @ 5:48 AM
Whether we are aware of it or not, the behaviors we observe as children influence how we act and react as adults.  Sometimes it works in our favor: my dad, for example, modeled continual learning when he read his Popular Mechanics magazine from cover to cover each month.  Other times it does not.  All the Wrong Moves Growing up, my parents fought a lot and most of the time the fights ...
Posted: Oct 05 2017 @ 8:13 AM
Until I started blogging a few months ago, I had no idea that “frugal” had become a genre of its own.  But type in “frugal” on Pinterest and more than 50 subtopics pop-up, everything from frugal apartment to frugal vegan (my favorite was frugal chicken which offered not just pins about cheap chicken dishes but low-cost solutions for chicken farmers). I haven’t written about frugal yet because I am not all ...
Posted: Oct 03 2017 @ 8:13 PM
I don’t have the pleasure of personally being in charge of investing a million dollars—yet—so when I came across this competition on the blog give. earn. live. I just knew I had to throw my hat in the ring.  The instructions were to make specific recommendations and provide an explanation for the chosen strategy. Please visit www.howtoinvestamillion.com on October 1st to vote for your favorite portfolio! Quick Summary: $450,000 in large cap domestic ...
Posted: Sep 28 2017 @ 8:13 AM
This blog post is part of the Suicide Prevention Awareness Month blog tour in partnership with Debt Drop. If you are feeling suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741.  It was a complete shock when my brother committed suicide in 2012.  I had never been in a place where taking my own life had even occurred to me, let alone actually made ...
Posted: Sep 26 2017 @ 6:40 AM
Until the fall of 2016, I had never even heard the word “ketogenic” (which is often shortened to “keto”) let alone knew that it was associated with a particular way of eating.  That November, I was introduced to the concept in Gretchen Rubin’s book Better Than Before.  In it, she talks about how, after reading Gary Taubes’ Why We Get Fat,  she changed the way she ate overnight and had ...
Posted: Sep 21 2017 @ 6:13 AM
Where are you in your personal finance journey?  Notice that I didn’t ask where you were in your debt-free journey.  This was intentional: while I have embraced the idea of being out of debt as a better way for me, and hope this blog helps others tackle their debt too, if being debt-free can’t be your primary goal right now, that is okay. Some Background I love to listen to podcasts and ...
Posted: Sep 19 2017 @ 8:43 PM
I totally understand why creating a budget has a bad reputation.  In the first place, it involves numbers which for some bring on traumatic flashbacks of high school algebra (Scary Teacher!  Big Hair!).   In the second place, it means taking an honest look at how much money is coming in and all the stuff that has to get paid. But the thing is, whether you go through the process of ...
Posted: Sep 14 2017 @ 8:13 AM


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