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The Danger of Becoming Emotionally Attached to 1 Stock

The Danger of Becoming Emotionally Attached to 1 Stock

This is my third post about my love-hate relationship with GE. After the news last week about GE, this relationship is really leaning more toward a hate-hate relationship. What happened at GE If you’re not familiar with what happened at GE last week, here’s a…

It’s Impossible to Live without a Credit Card, Unless Your Last Name is Ramsey

It’s Impossible to Live without a Credit Card, Unless Your Last Name is Ramsey

My oldest son recently moved to a BIG southern city for an internship for the summer. Prior to moving, he’d been pestering us about getting a credit card. All of his college friends were getting one he said. Supposedly to establish credit he said. But…

Early Retirement Doesn’t Necessarily Mean You Stop Working

Early Retirement Doesn’t Necessarily Mean You Stop Working

Early retirement doesn’t mean you don’t work. Early retirement means you don’t need to work. And that, my friends, is a big difference. “Everybody’s working for the weekend.” – Loverboy According to a recent Gallup poll, 70% of Americans hate their jobs. Not dislike. Not…

My Husband Got Laid Off from His Job and We’re Thrilled

My Husband Got Laid Off from His Job and We’re Thrilled

You’re probably not used to seeing the words thrilled and laid off in the same sentence. But thrilled was our immediate reaction when my husband was let go from his job. Thank you financial independence. Financial independence allows you to be happy (or ecstatic even)…

4 Things Canada Does Better than the U.S.

4 Things Canada Does Better than the U.S.

Regular readers of this blog know we are anxious to move back to the U.S. It’s been almost eight years since we relocated to Canada and I still can’t get used to the frigid temps in the winter. Plus, I really miss Target and Krispy…

Money Advice from Mom

Money Advice from Mom

My latest article, Advice from Mom: 11 Ways to Be Financially Responsible, was published on Grown & Flown this week. Grown & Flown is a terrific website for parents of older kids. The site has been featured on TODAY, NBC News, The New York Times,…

Beware the spelling. FYRE – Bad. FIRE – Good.

Beware the spelling. FYRE – Bad. FIRE – Good.

I became familiar with the debacle known as the FYRE Festival when it first occurred in 2017. The festival was marketed to millennials (with a severe case of FOMO) as a 3-day luxury music experience on an exclusive island in the Bahamas. It was supposed…

Sweet Jesus, Here’s Another Reason to Use a Credit Card Over a Debit Card

Sweet Jesus, Here’s Another Reason to Use a Credit Card Over a Debit Card

Normally I’m hesitant to write any article containing the name of Jesus. Except in this case, in which the focus of my rant is in fact, Sweet Jesus. Read on. Behold Sweet Jesus This past weekend, my 16-year old daughter was in Toronto to compete…

That Time We Got Cold Feet at Closing

That Time We Got Cold Feet at Closing

You’d think we’d be experts at the closing table by now. We’re currently living in house number five. But as we were sitting at the attorney’s office ready to close on our current home, we got cold feet and almost didn’t go through with the…

Money Lessons Learned from the Government Shutdown

Money Lessons Learned from the Government Shutdown

As I write this post, the government shutdown is entering its 32nd day, with no end in sight. While most of the 800,000 people affected will eventually go back to work and receive back pay, it’s certainly a scary time for lots of people. At…