When my husband and I started dating, he had no idea that I had credit card debt. He, fortunately, did not have any debt. In fairness to myself, I was working hard to pay off that debt. But as the years passed (six to be exact) and we neared our wedding day, I somehow still had credit card debt! He still did not. I believe I had at least a few thousand dollars on the cards at the time of our wedding. I was lucky in that my new husband wasn’t deterred by my spending problem. Although I know he wasn’t thrilled with it either. I say that I’m lucky because money problems are one of the biggest relationship crushers out there but we muddled through to that golden moment of debt-freeness. Couples and credit cards can mix as long as both parties are willing to communicate. So before you get too involved or if you are already with your partner for the long haul, you should really ask yourself and your loved one these basic but somehow much overlooked questions about their credit card habits. Continue reading
Thinking about and putting into action ways to pay off debt, save money, and invest come naturally to those who are bent on bettering their financial situation. We tend to think if I do such and such then I will accelerate my savings by this or that amount. Perhaps by looking at what holds us back from accomplishing our financial goals, we can start to recognize what our weaknesses are and work on strengthening those weaknesses. Let’s look at 10 things that slow down your progress to financial independence. Continue reading
Having strangers sleep in your bed is a good way to make some extra money. Of course, you don’t actually have to be in bed when they are sleeping there. In fact, you really shouldn’t be in your bed at all when they are there. Let me explain. When you sign up as an Airbnb host, you are allowing guests to stay in your place for a fee. My husband and I decided to give it a try at our last apartment and our hosting experience turned out surprisingly well. I can’t wait to tell you how 2 ESL teachers made $1000 using Airbnb with the hopes that you, too, can do the same. Continue reading
No one ever leaves home when they’re 18 saying I can’t wait to be an adult riddled with debt. Sadly, that is what happens to so many of us whether it is college, credit card, car, house, travel, etc. debt. We find ourselves in a situation of treading in financial water barely able to keep our heads above to breathe, all the while wondering how the heck we got there in the first place. Continue reading
** I am reposting this article because I somehow accidentally deleted it and of course I didn’t back up my stuff. Probably for the best because, actually, our budget has shifted due some big changes. So, very shortly I will be updating our monthly budget for all to see! You nosy-parkers.
You probably already know that debt is a jerk. It’s always up in your face talkin’ smack. We don’t want that, right? So what we have to do is make a plan of action. Just like any jerk, if you want them out of your life, you’ve got to prepare ahead. That’s why so many experts and non-experts sing from the mountain tops about making a budget. It’s sure-fire if you follow it. Continue reading