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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, […]

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 […]

My Son Wants to Become A Teacher But There’s One Big Problem

My Son Wants to Become A Teacher But There’s One Big Problem

For as long as I can remember, my son has dreamed about being an elementary school teacher. He works at youth camps in the summer. He coaches young kids in soccer. He volunteers in the kids’ program at our church. And, in his Junior year […]

My First Job – Shooting Chickens Out of a Gun

My First Job – Shooting Chickens Out of a Gun

Yep, you read that correctly. My first job was shooting chickens out of a gun. Not shooting chickens with a gun. Because my first job was so unordinary (the stuff of urban legends), it made me think, How important is your first job? It may […]

What Have I Gotten Myself Into? An Assessment of My First Month Blogging

What Have I Gotten Myself Into? An Assessment of My First Month Blogging

I’ve noticed personal finance bloggers generally fall into 3 categories: 1) Stay-at-home moms 2) Engineers 3) Frugal millennials Since I can check off 2 of those boxes, I thought blogging would be easy. I was wrong. I have an undergrad degree in Aerospace Engineering and […]

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda – The Tales of Selling Company Stock

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda – The Tales of Selling Company Stock

Coulda, woulda, shoulda – the lament of anyone who has ever sold stock too soon or held stock too long. This rings especially true when talking about stock in the company for which you work. The issue of When to Sell our company stock has […]


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