Category Archives: Finance

A Brief Reflection on Non-Monetary Cost

A Brief Reflection on Non-Monetary Cost

As a personal finance writer, I often see in financial cost. I run the numbers on home ownership and find them wanting. The monetary cost of decisions I make every day are considered. But what of non-monetary cost? Sometimes I fail to think of the impact on myself and my son. What will the non-monetary impacts

5 Strategies to Follow To Be A Millionaire

5 Strategies to Follow To Be A Millionaire

Today (May 20th) is Be a Millionaire Day. If you want to build wealth and eventually become a millionaire, here’s what you need to know. When I look back at my earnings over the last 10 years or so, I realize that I’ve made more than $1 million. However, I’m far from being a millionaire

Things I Will Teach My Children About Money

Things I Will Teach My Children About Money

“I wish I knew that at your age.” — said by every single older person out there. What do you wish you knew as a child? Do you wish you could go back and share some wisdom with your younger self? I certainly do. There are probably thousands of things that you wish you could

Looking For a Way To Save Money and Go Green? Switch to Solar Power

Looking For a Way To Save Money and Go Green? Switch to Solar Power

This is a guest post from my sister, Rachel, whose husband sells solar power systems through Vivant. They’ve been trying a solar system on their own home, and this is her story. Another interesting take on solar power can be found at Lazy Man and Money, where my buddy Brian shares his experience with a

Rebates for Simple Tasks: My Swag Bucks Review

Rebates for Simple Tasks: My Swag Bucks Review

I’ve crossed to the dark side and am now using Swag Bucks. Here is my Swag Bucks review. Late last year, I let someone I know talk me into joining Swag Bucks. Since penny-pinching isn’t my thing — I’m more of a “do the big things for more money” kind of gal — Swag Bucks never

How to Pay for a Major Medical Expense

How to Pay for a Major Medical Expense

You never know when a major medical expense will cause you grief and threaten your finances.  Health care costs continue to rise, and you never know when a major medical expense will strain your personal finances. While none of us like to think of the possibility of falling prey to a major medical expense, the

5 Ways to Reduce Your Financial Stress

5 Ways to Reduce Your Financial Stress

April is Stress Awareness Month, as well as Financial Literacy Month. If you are looking for ways to reduce your financial stress, here are some “back to the basics” ways to improve your money situation. We all feel the pinch in our pocketbooks at some point. That financial stress can start to wear on your

Should You Refinance Your Home?

Should You Refinance Your Home?

If you haven’t revisited your mortgage situation recently, now might be the time to refinance your home. A couple of years ago, I finally revisited the terms of my loan. I knew, in the back of my mind, that I could do much better by refinancing. However, I was too lazy to get around to it.

Financial Learning App: Regions Scholar Athlete Game

Financial Learning App: Regions Scholar Athlete Game

In honor of the fact that April is Financial Education Month, it makes sense to consider ways to get your children interested in smart money practices. One way to encourage financial learning is through game apps, like this one from Regions Bank. Teaching kids about money can be difficult. I know that sometimes it’s a

Want to #BeatTheDeadline? Organize Your Taxes Throughout the Year

Want to #BeatTheDeadline? Organize Your Taxes Throughout the Year

This post is part of the TaxACT #BeatTheDeadline blog tour which shares tips on how to make tax time a smooth and easy process before the April 15 deadline. TaxACT provides the tools and guidance to help you confidently file taxes easy and fast. Do your own taxes today at TaxACT. You got this. This