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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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*this post is sponsored by CreditRepair.com –  all advice and opinions are my own.   Most of us are still financially recovering from the holidays. But for those who want to make buying a home a reality this spring, perhaps you’re ready to start the process but don’t know how to take those first steps.   The good news is, if you sense you’re ready to become a homeowner, there ...
Posted: Jan 16 2019 @ 12:35 PM
So, I know I've made a big deal about not recommending credit cards or balance transfer offers as part of any affiliate strategy in the past. I take my affiliates very seriously. But lately (especially after publishing the Debt Master Plan…) I've gotten emails from folks who would like to learn more about debt consolidation and transfer offers but didn't like the interest rates they were offered by Upstart, which, while ...
Posted: Jan 07 2019 @ 10:00 AM
I'm probably one of the few personal finance bloggers who loves spending money as much as she loves making it. But rather than mindlessly consumer I'm always in search of high quality items that will not only last, but make my life easier. This is why buying/shopping for travel pieces is so fun, I like the challenge of finding something stylish-yet-functional. Below are a handful of items, many of which ...
Posted: Dec 03 2018 @ 10:56 PM
This post is sponsored by Lexington Law   Once again it’s the most wonderful, wonderfully expensive, time of the year. Gift giving is ingrained and expected at the holidays in our culture. Plus, it is uniquely satisfying to give a great gifts. What better way to show someone you really care than splurging on something that makes their eyes shine? However, if you are planning to make big money moves ...
Posted: Dec 03 2018 @ 8:30 PM
LB Note: Today we have a spectacular guest post from a new friend I made at FinCon this year. Since I get a lot of questions about credit cards and how to best use them without going into debt, I thought it would be great to call in an expert. Anik Khan   The holidays are a time for giving: love, gratitude, and lots of presents. This year, Americans are ...
Posted: Nov 27 2018 @ 9:34 AM
Am I the only one who indulges in giving gifts to myself at the holidays? I do at least one “big gift” for myself each year…and I can remember them all. The J.Crew coat I pinched my pennies for in 2013, the West Elm bed I saved up to buy in January 2016 when it went on post-holiday sale,  a new set of makeup brushes. I do it because I ...
Posted: Nov 25 2018 @ 11:49 AM
LB Note: With my own wedding coming up on December 30th, 2018, I thought I'd dust off this post and give it a refresh. It's more food-for-thought for myself, but I thought readers would enjoy it as well. Thanks again to everyone in the FinCon Facebook group for their thoughtful advice and help creating this large round up! When you’re just starting off life as a married couple, sometimes finances ...
Posted: Nov 19 2018 @ 10:39 AM
LB Note: I wrote this piece about six weeks ago, but things have been pretty crazy around here since. It's a personal essay, nothing finance-y, so there's your disclosure 🙂 At FinCon this year, I was approached by many who read this piece I wrote about last year’s conference. I heard from so many who thought the piece really resonated and it made me so good to hear that people ...
Posted: Nov 08 2018 @ 10:00 AM
This post is sponsored by Lexington Law. All content and opinions are my own.   It’s the “spendiest” time of the year. The last thing you’re probably thinking about is the health of your credit, right? Last Christmas, Americans added over $1,000 of debt to their household balance sheets. If you are the average American consumer, you’re probably already planning how you’ll float 2019 holiday expenses using a hybrid of ...
Posted: Nov 07 2018 @ 10:00 AM
*This blog is in partnership with TransUnion. All thoughts and opinions are my own.   Over the last year, these big brand names have announced hacks to customer data:   Facebook Uber Delta Sears Panera Bread Saks Fifth Avenue Lord & Taylor Equifax   Most people use Facebook, right? And many utilize ride-share apps. At this point, the question really is – who hasn’t been impacted by data hacks?   ...
Posted: Oct 28 2018 @ 11:56 PM


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