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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month

The purpose of this post is to promote Financial Literacy Month in Canada. Every November, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada provides resources and holds events designed to provide Canadians with the tools to gain control of their personal finances. This post contains links to […]

Where We Stash our Cash

Where We Stash our Cash

When it comes to affiliate marketing, I’m like the opposite of Nike. I JUST DON’T DO IT. My readers are too smart to fall for that stuff. They can tell when I’m honest and writing from the heart. Disingenuous recommendations won’t cut it. So, before […]

Dear Bank: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Dear Bank: It’s Not Me, It’s You

The most satisfying breakup you’ll ever have is with the bank. The day you walk into the bank and make your last mortgage payment EVER. In my mind, I had rehearsed the breakup hundreds of times. I envisioned there would be shock, which would quickly […]

How I Tweeted My Way to a Free Airline Ticket

How I Tweeted My Way to a Free Airline Ticket

Twitter is an incredible tool. Those 280 characters pack an amazing punch. Use it foolishly and you can lose millions of dollars and take a lot of innocent people down with you. Think Roseanne Barr. Use it wisely and you may get elected President of […]

My Frugality Nearly Killed the Dog

My Frugality Nearly Killed the Dog

Spoiler Alert: If you are a pet lover, you may want to stop here. Just proceed to the last paragraph, which I promise has a happy ending. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Generally, I consider myself to be a frugal person. […]

I Tracked the Trending Topics for 5 Months and Realized Americans Are Obsessed with 2 Things: Money and Retirement

I Tracked the Trending Topics for 5 Months and Realized Americans Are Obsessed with 2 Things: Money and Retirement

Every time I turn on my laptop, I’m greeted with the Trending Topics. I usually pay little attention to the list. But several months ago, I noticed a trend. Maybe that’s why they call it Trending Topics. Duh! This trend? Americans search about money and […]



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