Love & Money – The Frugal Feminista | Kara Stevens

Step Into Your Inner Goddess: Your Guide to Letting Go of Pain

What do you need to let go of?  I’m not talking about a few extra pounds or even the financial weight of credit card debt.  I’m referring to the inner baggage that weighs you down and sometimes holds you hostage.  If you find yourself feeling like a bag lady, then in the iconic words of

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I Dated a Miser and Here’s What I Learned About Love

I dated a millionaire miser. His name was Peter, and it was one of the most toxic relationships I’d ever been in. But, it was also one of the most transformational. I can thank Peter for teaching me a few surprising things about love and money. Maybe you’ll benefit from learning them, too. Money Is

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4 Easy Steps to Increase Financial Honesty and Intimacy in Your Relationship

This is part of a sponsored campaign with Wells Fargo. All opinions are my own. Recently, I had such a wonderful time sitting on #BMWK’s Financial Intimacy panel sponsored by Wells Fargo. Founders of BMWK, Ronnie and Lamar Tyler, strategically positioned this discussion as the kick-off event to their annual marriage cruise—to make it clear

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Major Life Lessons That Death Teaches You About Family, Love, and Money

My coworker’s father died suddenly two weeks ago.  It wasn’t a suicide and there were no signs that he was sick.  She returned to the office earlier this week after taking those two weeks to put her beloved father’s affairs in order. She was new to the job, so it was hard to for me

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Finances & Friendship: The One Question That Will Instantly Improve Your Next Girls’ Night Out and Gain You So Much Respect In Your Sister Circle  

Ask the average Black woman what she loves doing with her friends and you will get answers like, “going out for drinks,” “travelling,” and “going shopping.” The older we get, though, the more complicated and complex our financial realities become— student loans, mortgages, auto loans, and credit card debt. On top of that,  Black women

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Before You Say Yes, Think About the Cost of Being a Bridesmaid

According to a 2011 Mint.com study, the average total cost of being a bridesmaid was $1,695.  This is a lot of money. Elite Daily breaks the costs down into the following categories: – $150 – $400 for the dress; – $50 for alterations – $200 for engagement, bridal shower, and wedding gifts – $1,000 for

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Going the Long Distance: The Keys to Love & Money that Last

It started like scene from a romance novel. I sat across a conference table from my soon to be sweetheart…eyes sparkling, heart fluttering. A business meeting that turned personal. After several emails and texts, we began the formal courting process. I knew he traveled a lot but didn’t make much of it. Over the phone

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4 Ways that Black Women Can Keep Family Members from Borrowing Money

One of the unspoken reasons that black women can’t save is because we have unofficially been identified as the family ATM. With all too many of us embracing the “Superwoman to All But Herself” role in many a circle, we are judged by our ability to please others quickly, please others often, and please others

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Should She Go Half On Her Engagement Ring?

One of my coworkers ran up to me one Monday morning to share some good news. She told me one of her friends got engaged over the weekend. She even showed me a picture of the engagement ring. I thought it was beautiful. Since I didn’t know the friend, I didn’t have much more to

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Is a Financially Fit Man Hard to Find? Let’s Discuss! Part III

Happy Wednesday Frugal Feministas! Today we have the final installment of the Is a Financially Fit Man Hard to find? Let’s Discuss! Was Vanessa able to find a man on a good financial wavelength? Keep reading to find out! So, I’ve met someone new who caused me to notice he was different from my previous

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