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Amanda Page
General Finance
Debt, Frugality, Hustling, Supporting yourself as an artist/writer/etc.
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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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I’ve been blogging for almost three years now. For the first 14 months, I blogged with real focus and efficiency. I knew my purpose: pay off debt and pursue my dreams. Even after paying the debt, I continued to blog, because I was still pursuing my dreams. In 2.5 years, I did both. I mean, I paid off the debt, and I managed to achieve many of the dreams on ...
Posted: Sep 11 2017 @ 8:23 AM
If someone told me in December 2014 that this would be my life in August 2017, I would have laughed in their face. In December 2014, I was a struggling adjunct instructor. I was working between three different schools. I was bankrupt, and I still had $48,000 of student loan debt to pay off. I took a temporary office job over the holidays to make some extra money. I also started ...
Posted: Aug 30 2017 @ 12:51 PM
My debt held me back for over a decade. It held me back, because I believed it was holding me back. I truly believed that my debt was keeping me from living a meaningful life. It was an obstacle I kept failing to overcome. My belief that debt was holding me back from living a meaningful life was true, because I believed it was true. I also didn’t have a clear ...
Posted: Aug 23 2017 @ 2:18 PM
It said, “Go to FinCon.” I’m in a strange place with my writing, my blog, my life. With my blog, I’m treading water. I’m not sure what my message is. When I was writing at Dream Beyond Debt, the message was simple: pay off debt. I was fueled by a deep desire to be rid of the debt. I’m not feeling that same desire for anything right now. I’m minding my money ...
Posted: Aug 09 2017 @ 8:09 AM
If I paid attention to the some of the studies and statistics about women over the age of 35, I would have crawled in a hole after the age of 39 because my earning power was over, my dating prospects died forever, and I’d never have another adventure ever again. Luckily, I didn’t listen. Actually, luck has nothing to do with it. I’ve read the studies. I know that my earning power supposedly ...
Posted: Aug 02 2017 @ 10:08 AM
The power of abundance can make a startling appearance in your life. You may not recognize it at first. I didn’t. The most surprising development on my personal finance journey hasn’t been that I paid off my student loan debt quickly, or how freeing it is to live without debt. The most startling discovery has been my feeling of abundance now that I’m confident in my ability to make and manage ...
Posted: Jul 28 2017 @ 10:23 AM
I’ve read quite a few posts about clearing out clutter. Usually, the author is talking about useless or unused items around the house. They pile up, take up space, and don’t do much for your life. I get it. I’ve got stacks of paper and books I’ll never read and clothes I’ll never wear again. I’ve got stuff to purge, certainly. But, the “stuff” is just stuff. The clutter I’m ...
Posted: Jul 26 2017 @ 12:26 PM
It did not even occur to me to look at my intentions for 2017 and evaluate any progress I’d made until both Budget and the Beach and Debt Discipline did it. Once I took a look at my Dreams for 2017, I realized that I hit the mark on a few goals, and dropped the ball badly on a few, too. I’ve taken an honest assessment of all of them, ...
Posted: Jul 19 2017 @ 8:03 AM
The quickest way to achieve financial independence is to spend less than you earn, which requires some sacrifice and sometimes some inconvenience. I’m willing to forgo lots of luxuries, but I’ve identified seven things I won’t sacrifice on my way to financial independence. 1. Pets Life with my doggos is as good as it gets. I would be lost without them. I grew up with a dog in the house, and I will probably always ...
Posted: Jul 13 2017 @ 7:00 AM
When I finished paying off the student loans, I immediately moved on to my next goal, which was to buy a house. After I purchased the house, I decided that financial independence was in my future. I announced I was working toward it, but I didn’t really share numbers or draw a (time) line in the sand. It was all very willy-nilly. Sure, I’m working toward it, but haphazardly and ...
Posted: Jul 10 2017 @ 7:08 AM


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