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Open Mouths Get Fed
Career, Black wealth, budgeting, mindful spending, free stuff
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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I am an eternal optimist with an unwavering belief in the best parts of myself. I hold dear my sense of humor, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and outgoing personality. It is this version of me who opens email invites to networking nights, workshops, parties, and more and clicks the YES button to RSVP for activities a week … Continue reading Give Us Free Fridays – Living Social → ...
Posted: Nov 18 2017 @ 12:46 AM
I had no plan for my money when I bought my condo, signed up for my cell phone plan, took on student loans, and committed to all of my financial obligations. Now that I want to tell my money where to go, I'm finding that it already has a lot of other places to be. ...
Posted: Nov 16 2017 @ 9:16 PM
In my life I have had the following job titles (in no particular order): Business Planning Associate, Partner Sales Executive, Business Category Manager, Senior Change Manager, and several others that all result in the same question from friends and family.  To keep it simple I would always say, “I work in sales.” But could people … Continue reading No Job. No Problem. → ...
Posted: Nov 13 2017 @ 2:48 PM
It has been a few weeks, but I’m back with another installment of Give Us Free Fridays. In a couple of recent posts I’ve mentioned widening the gap between earnings and spending. J. Money over at Budgets Are Sexy had a change of perspective (courtesy of Mr. Money Mustache) on the outflow side of the equation. … Continue reading Give Us Free Fridays – Have Cake and Eat It Too → ...
Posted: Nov 10 2017 @ 5:46 PM
A few days after moving from New York to Minnesota I went to pick up the keys to the apartment I had just leased. My bladder had been screaming at me for the last hour so I decided to pop into my vacant unit to use the bathroom before heading back to my temporary housing. … Continue reading You’re Gonna Pay For That- Homeownership Part 3 → ...
Posted: Nov 09 2017 @ 1:58 AM
One of the cardinal rules of personal finance is to avoid lifestyle creep. That means that as your income increases your cost of living should not do the same. So if you make $60,000/year and at your annual review you’re awarded a 5% raise, conventional wisdom states that instead of upgrading your lifestyle with that extra $250/month (i.e. more clothes, nicer car, better apartment, etc.) you should keep living as ...
Posted: Nov 07 2017 @ 1:42 AM
I am at war. At 6:00 p.m. I won the first battle against Old Fashioned Donuts. With the help of a late afternoon nap I was victorious over the urge to drive 40 minutes to Chicago’s Southside in the pouring rain to buy a dozen donuts for my one person household. With that shop now closed for the remainder of the weekend I am trying to beat back the urge to ...
Posted: Nov 05 2017 @ 2:48 AM
Upon graduating from business school in June of 2014 I had yet to find a job. My lease was up, I had no income, and my savings were dwindling. I sublet my classmates’ apartments a month at a time thus giving myself shelter and relieving them of the burden of paying rent while they climbed Kilimanjaro. But as the summer drew to a close and the f fell off of ...
Posted: Nov 04 2017 @ 12:34 AM
Last night after three hours of Shondaland I hopped onto my laptop and fell down a personal finance rabbit hole. It started with the latest post on Bitches Get Riches and ended when I fell asleep reading about price/earnings ratios on Investopia while watching the Big Short on Netflix. How did I go from reading an essay about diversity and inclusion in the personal finance community to reliving the 2008 housing meltdown? ...
Posted: Oct 31 2017 @ 6:06 PM
As 2017 rambles to a close I know that many people are looking forward to the most wonderful time of the year. No, I am not talking about  or  or . Those holidays ain’t got nothing on People walk into H&R Block with their W-2 and come out like . A February 2015 IRS news release reported that with two months to go until the tax filing deadline, the IRS had already processed nearly 50 million ...
Posted: Oct 25 2017 @ 7:31 PM


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