Is Your Money Story Holding You Hostage, Like Mine Did?

I’ve always been a mama’s girl.  I always felt I had to protect her, even though I was the little one and she was the big one. Her hurt was my hurt. Her pain was my pain. So when my father up and abandoned his wife and 2.3 kids, I knew the only way to

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The Cost of Pretty

I was sitting on my couch with little motivation to go the gym (sound familiar?) and came across Khloe Kardashian’s reality show Revenge Body. Even though I don’t agree with the reductive use of the body as a way to create envy and jealousy for another human, I couldn’t help but be inspired by the

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5 Real Money Lessons from The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Most of us primarily tune into The Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) to witness drama, foolishness, and a lot of bad behavior. I know I do. But now that I’ve watched The Real Housewives of Atlanta for the last five years, I’ve found myself taking notes about how these women operate when it comes their

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Are You Using Self-Care as an Excuse to Splurge?

Earlier last month, I was on my couch feeling a little overwhelmed with life. Before I knew it, I was on Groupon with credit card in hand rationalizing the purchase of a chocolate mask facial, a teeth whitening session, and a 60-minute body scrub with exotic oils. Within a matter of minutes and a few

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Is Your Money Story Holding You Hostage, Like Mine Did?

I’ve always been a mama’s girl.  I always felt I had to protect her, even though I was the little one and she was the big one. Her hurt was my hurt. Her pain was my pain. So when my father up and abandoned his wife and 2.3 kids, I knew the only way to

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Birthday Money: 5 Tips To Keep In Mind When Planning For a Night to Remember

t’s your birthday! Yay! You want to do something special; you want your partners-in-crime to share it with you! You want to make it a night to remember!

To keep it a night-to-remember and not a nightmare for you and your friends, think smart about how money factors into the planning of your celebration.

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6 Ways to Spring Clean Your Finances

It’s official, spring is here!!! Despite this damn snow, I am going to will the spring into existence! 🙂 I love what the spring represents. It represents growth, lightness, and newness. That’s why I understand the concept of “spring cleaning.” out with the old and in the new.  For the last couple of weeks, I

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4 Ways the Strong Black Woman Syndrome Keeps Us Broke and Broken

Strong Black Woman Syndrome (SBWS) calls on Black women to be the problem-solvers, chief caretakers and “end all, be all” for everyone in their lives sans support and respite. Essentially, the Strong Black Women Syndrome demands that Black women never buckle, never feel vulnerable, and most importantly, never, ever put their own needs above anyone

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Besides Racism, Here Is Another Reason Why Black Folk Can’t Close the Wealth Gap

The State of the African-American Consumer Report, black folk’s buying power in America is expected to reach $1.1 trillion this year. $1.1 trillion. If Black America were its own nation, it would be the 16th largest economy worldwide. Despite our current and projected economic prowess and potential, we still continue to lag far behind our

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How You Feel About Paying Your Bills Can Reveal a Surprising Truth About Your Relationship with Money

Over the last month, I had a number of bills to pay, some were related to my personal life and others were related to The Frugal Feminista . I realized that despite having the money to pay the bills, I felt a sense of tension in my belly when they came. I felt a sense

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