The Real Costs of Extreme Couponing and How to Avoid Them

Extreme couponing is considered a money hack, but, quite frankly, isn’t a very good one. A money hack, by its nature, is supposed to be a simple, effective and usually painless act to reduce the amount of money one spends. With the exception of saving coupon holders a few bucks or even hundreds of bucks,

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Single and Saving in the City

“If you are currently seeing more than one person, schedule your hair appointments first and then the date, not the other way around!”

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How to Financially Prepare for Maternity Leave

Once my husband and I decided that we wanted to start a family, I started thinking about ways that I could stay home with our baby for the first six months on her life, even if it were to be unpaid. In this piece, I talk about the various ways to leverage baby showers, family

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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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Why Business School Is for Punks and Other Financial Lessons from Carter G. Woodson

Black History is Not Only about Lives, It’s About Lessons :During Black History month, we focus our collective energy on celebrating, honoring, and paying homage and respect to the accomplishments, struggles, and lives of black leaders, fighters, and survivors that challenged, revolutionized, and confronted America’s oppressive, color-based system of disenfranchisement and white supremacy. What we

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How to Use Pathmark to Avoid ATM Fees

One of the most annoying money wasters is ATM fees.  According to a  Bankrate Checking Survey, ATM surcharges hit  “a new highs for the 10th consecutive year.” The average ATM surcharge — the fee for using a bank’s ATM when you’re not a checking account holder at that bank — jumped 6.5 percent to $2.77.

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The True Story Behind How I Found My Wedding Dress for $35 the Day Before My Wedding

  Yes. That title is 100% true and 100% not clickbait.  But before we get into the story, I have to provide some context. The context When my husband and I decided to get married, we both knew that we didn’t want anything over-the-top for our wedding. Three reasons. Reason One: Laziness. I don’t like

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8 Couponing Tips for Beginners That Want to Start Slow and Steady

When I’m at Pathmark checking out at the self-serve lanes, I always get my feelings hurts. The computer always asks me, “Do you have any coupons?” and I always press the button that says no in defeat. Each time this happens, I shake my fists at the screen—I feel like I’m missing out on savings.

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The ABCs of Designing a Small Space on a Tight Budget

 image source= GoHaus I’m so excited to share that I’ve partnered with Go Haus on a four-part Inspired Spaces series. I have a lot of companies reach out to me to do things like this, but I often decline the overture because their vision doesn’t align with the values of this community: authenticity, kindness, happiness, thoughtfulness, and

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EVENT RECAP: You Still Have Time to Register for the FREE PUSH Money Matters EVENT!

I had such an amazing time at the PUSH Money Matters Event this past Saturday!!! Even though I consider myself well versed in the area of personal finances, I still picked up a few nuggets and insights at this event. Here are just a few of the nuggets that I learned from each of the

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