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7 Reasons I Love Credit Karma

7 Reasons I Love Credit Karma

This is not a sponsored post – I repeat, this is not a sponsored post.  I just REALLY love Credit Karma!  While it lacks the ability to crush candy like one of my other favorite apps, this one helps me stay on track with my […]

Back to School: Student Loan Basics

Back to School: Student Loan Basics

With Back-to-School season approaching, there’s no time like the present to go over the ABC’s of student loans!  If you (or your kids) are looking into student loans for the coming school year, this post is for you!  Before you accept any student loans, be […]

Turning 30 on my Debt Free Journey

Turning 30 on my Debt Free Journey

2017 has been a tough year, and I’ll admit that my 30th birthday wasn’t something I was especially looking forward to, but life has a funny way of putting things in perspective when we need it most.  While it’s easy to whine about turning another […]

How ’bout Debt?

How ’bout Debt?

How much debt do you have? What interest rates are you paying on that debt? How long will it take you to pay off your debt at the current pace? No idea?  You’re not the only one – most people have a rough idea in […]

Saving Made Simple

Saving Made Simple

Looking for a few simple ways to boost your bank account without scrounging for change under the couch cushions?  You’ve all heard people talk about ways to make extra money by doing all kinds of crazy things, but not very many people talk about what […]

How I totally screwed myself on my student loans (and how you can avoid it)

How I totally screwed myself on my student loans (and how you can avoid it)

I was a part of that lucky generation that graduated college to find ourselves in the midst of a housing crisis and the worst economic recession in decades.  During my time in school, I lived as frugally as anyone could expect; I worked three jobs […]