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Lauren Bowling

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Financial Best Life
General Finance
Debt, Millennial, Real Estate
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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Many of you may know that holiday gifting to myself is a tradition I indulge in every year. (In the early days of this blog I used to publish “gift guides” that were mostly lists for my holiday earnings and hints to my mom.) Most of the time it's a large luxury item, a splurge. (I gifted myself a new bed from West Elm in 2015,  and my last-minute Italy ...
Posted: Dec 07 2017 @ 1:00 AM
Raise your hand if your wallet feels personally victimized by the holiday season. Trust me, as a former shopping addict, I get how hard it is to stay on budget during the holiday season. Everyone is out decking the halls, drinking eggnog, and spending too much on gifts because they didn’t have a game plan beforehand. It’s so easy to go overboard when you’re getting things for friends and family, and ...
Posted: Dec 06 2017 @ 1:00 AM
LB Note:  I wrote this piece back in 2015, and re-publish it every year (as I do with much of my holiday content.) After all, since I'm not a deals and coupons blogger, how much is there REALLY to say about the holidays' But when this post appeared on the blog last year (2016), my beau, Rich, had some friends who read the blog ask if this piece was pointed at ...
Posted: Dec 05 2017 @ 9:00 AM
LB Note:  After two back-to-back weekends traveling (to LA and Austin for the blog and the holidays) I'm so grateful to have this post from my buddy Jen Smith at The Penny Hoarder. It perfectly blends practical money advice with emotional well being…. just in time for the often crazy stressful holiday season. Enjoy!   The holidays can bring sweet times with friends and family, delicious treats and neighborhoods dressed ...
Posted: Dec 04 2017 @ 9:00 AM
I know it's hard to escape the post-Thanksgiving onslaught of sales without spending a little money. I definitely don't go to stores on Black Friday, and if I find a really, really good sale….I'll do Cyber Monday. So, I'm not going to take a hard stance against consumerism. Instead, I'll simply suggest that while you're out spending on family, friends, and the charities you support…why not do a little something ...
Posted: Nov 27 2017 @ 12:00 AM
*This press trip was graciously covered by Uber and Barclay Card. All opinions on the trip and product are my own.  As a  finance influencer, I take the products I recommend very seriously. I once blasted my most lucrative affiliate for bad customer service and ended my relationship with them immediately. You guys also know in the past I've been reticent to recommend credit cards because of my own bad ...
Posted: Nov 25 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Personal finance is full of well-worn basics: pay yourself first when saving, create a budget, don’t use high-interest types of credit. Easy enough to say, but these basics can get tricky to balance during life changes. Even the most practiced of us in our money can feel overwhelmed by the financial decisions we face during major life events. From marriage to having a baby to going back to school or transitioning ...
Posted: Nov 20 2017 @ 11:00 AM
You're ready to tackle it and get out from under your finances, but you're not sure of the best way to do it. How can you know what option will be best for the kind of debt you're facing' This post will tackle debt consolidation and debt management, so you can determine which option is best for you. The Difference between Debt Consolidation and Debt Management What is Debt Consolidation' ...
Posted: Nov 13 2017 @ 10:57 AM
LB Note: I've been FLOORED by the responses received (both here and on Facebook) on last week's post, Please know how much I appreciated them all; this community is nothing short of amazing. In a similar vein, this week's post is a syndication of a piece I wrote for MyBankTracker.com over a year ago, but I thought it relevant to the ongoing conversation – don't let anyone tell you what ...
Posted: Nov 06 2017 @ 8:00 AM
I recently returned from the industry conference for personal finance bloggers thoroughly exhausted, yet happy and full. I got to spend quality time with many people I haven't seen in years, and it’s always good to get in the room with people who truly understand the “ins and outs” of running a blog. I know for me, that for this one weekend each year I get to feel very creatively ...
Posted: Nov 01 2017 @ 4:34 PM


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