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March 23, 2014

Final “No-Buy” Month Challenge – Win $50

This is the final week of our “No-Buy” Month challenge. We’ve shared some great ideas so far and many have taken this opportunity to focus on […]
March 21, 2014

Embrace Your Mistakes with Money

An active member of Team Debt Free raised a common sentiment on our Facebook page. She expressed disappointment for money mishaps made before the debt free […]
March 15, 2014

Conscious Spending

Michelle Jackson, founder of The Shop My Closet Project, will lead Session 3 of the MISSION POSSIBLE project. Make sure you are registered to learn about […]
March 14, 2014

Travel Bug? Travel on a Budget

You will definitely have to give up some things to dump debt. Generally, we’re in debt because we’ve overextended ourselves. So cutting back is required to […]
March 11, 2014

Team Debrief Preview

We completed our first session of the MISSION POSSIBLE project last week. You can join at any time. If you were unable to attend the Team […]
March 3, 2014

Why Are We in Debt

The MISSION POSSIBLE challenge will hold the first Team Debrief. This is a time for participants to connect, reflect and recharge. We’re moving through The Total […]
February 28, 2014

Excuse Me, I’m In Debt

Have you ever considered the excuses used to justify racking up the huge debt levels? “I deserve it”. “I’m treating myself”. “You only live once”. “I […]
February 25, 2014

A Short Sale Short Story

Our short sale saga is winding down. Now that I can relax, relate and release; it’s time to pen the pros and cons of this experience. […]
February 21, 2014

No Buy Month 2014

Hey Team Debt Free. Let’s try another round of No Buy Month. What is a financial fast? It’s a great opportunity to dial back your spending, […]
February 21, 2014

Book Club

Debt Free Diva, Tyrease Dixon, is starting the Kingdom Financial Fundamentals book club. This online book club will review a new financial literacy selection every other […]
February 18, 2014

MISSION POSSIBLE Briefing, Part II

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February 18, 2014

Celebrating While Dumping Debt

Let’s be clear. This post is for those who are serious about dumping debt. How do you celebrate and honor special occasions while digging out of […]
February 3, 2014

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January 29, 2014
Rent vs Buy

Should You Rent or Buy Your Next Place

Whether to rent vs buy depends entirely on individual circumstances. Understanding that I’m squarely on the fence, let me share how we recently approached that age-old […]
January 25, 2014

The Point of Points

I have been waiting to exhale this story for many months. We f…i…n…a…l…y have approval to close on a new place; one to more comfortably house […]
January 11, 2014
Doing Different Things

Doing Things Differently Will Help You Win

 **************************************************************************************************************************** Michelle Jackson is a guest blogger and founder of The Shop My Closet Project. She is an obsessive reader of books, blogs, and magazines. Well […]
December 11, 2013

Rich vs Poor Debate – Our Take

A growing controversy festers surrounding a list of 20 habits posted to Dave Ramsey’s website. A blogger, Tom Corley, developed the results from a small study […]
November 27, 2013

Thoughts on Thankfulness

I try to continually count my blessings. However, the Thanksgiving season tends to put a point on that idea. Possibly because we slow down from the […]
November 13, 2013

Can We Be Financially Free?

Disclaimer: My family is not yet financially free (according to my definition), so this entire discussion is theoretical – at best. However, if you can see […]
November 5, 2013

How Not to Fight Over Money

This morning I had a sharp (read: nasty) reaction about a financial matter shortly before WonderMan left for work. Even with 11 years of progress learning […]
October 31, 2013

Halloween Help Us

We’ve entered into the holiday season. Time for fun. Time for family. Time for financial fuzziness. I’m continually amazed at the amount of money we shell […]
October 10, 2013

Lessons From the Government Shutdown

We’ve now entered week two of the latest political melodrama. Someone recently posted an applicable African proverb: When elephants fight, the grass suffers. Regardless of your […]
September 18, 2013

Retire Who? When? Me?

The big misconception is that you need to be at a predetermined financial checkpoint at specific points in your life to ensure that retirement is a […]
September 14, 2013

Scammed…Not me?

Hopefully you’ve never been financially hoodwinked, or any other way for that matter. When protecting yourself, going on offense is generally the best defense. An interesting […]
September 9, 2013

Handling Hard Core Sales Pitches

We’re dipping our toe in the kiddie modeling pond; just to check out the landscape of possibilities. After a complete stranger yelled from a passing car, […]
August 22, 2013

Why Debt Free

I’m a planner. I love to think about what I want/should be doing 6 months, a year, or even 5 years from now. As I’m enjoying […]
August 13, 2013

Creating Vacation Traditions

My family just returned from a quick trip to the nation’s capital. Hanging with family, taking in the monuments on the Mall, and filling our bellies […]
August 6, 2013

To Lease or Not To Lease

The car industry has convinced many people that we need to buy new every two.  Why?  Because they want our money.  The car industry has changed […]
July 17, 2013

Maintaining Focus on My Journey

The decision to eliminate debt was more of a process then magnificent epiphany.  I’ve shared our story before: we worked for 7 years to dump more […]
July 11, 2013

College Savings Fund Starter Kit

A little over a year ago, Carter – the boy child – arrived. Given that our oh-so-cute condo in the swanky, South Loop was short on […]