February 16, 2013

Free Personal Finance Course

Knowledge is power. Free knowledge is even more powerful. Coursera is a cool, collaborative effort between top universities, like Duke and Standford, to provide free classes […]
February 14, 2013

Fabulous, Frugal Valentine’s Tips

Celebrate Valentine’s Day without pressing pause on your debt ditching desires. Tiffany Aliche, The Budgetnista, joined us on the Midday Money Show to help us spice […]
February 4, 2013

Spending Fast Between Spouses

WonderMan’s head dropped after drinking in those four little words…”We need to talk”. What a great conversation starter. Not! He probably thought…here we go again, another […]
January 30, 2013

My No Buy Month Goals

I’m a sucker for a good initiative; especially one that promotes healthy fiscal habits. The No Buy Month is my next thing to do. Why no […]
January 26, 2013

Why Debt Free?

When I’m not blogging, I manage the other family business; a coin-operated laundromat. The work is less than fabulous, but I spend an enormous amount of […]
January 22, 2013

A Raise in 21 Days Final Wrap Up

Our campaign has ended. We are out of days, but the hard work is just beginning. Check out the final week’s recap. Keep reading to find […]
January 16, 2013

Week 2 Wrap Up

We’re in the third and final week of the NEW YEAR NEW YOU, Give Yourself a Raise in 21 Days, campaign. The tips are really heating […]
January 11, 2013

Confessions of a Grocery Store Snob

This post was a part of our 2012 New Year New You contest. The contest is over…but the content is still very relevant We are mid […]
January 7, 2013

A Raise in 21 Days

We’re convinced it takes 21 days to build a habit. Effective money management is a learned skill. Have you missed any Tips of the Day in […]
January 3, 2013

Busted 2012 Goals

Happy New Year! The holidays are over and the time has come to renew our focus on ditching debt in 2013. As is customary for this […]
December 5, 2012

Blog Title Contest

Aja Williams is a single mom on a mission. Seven years ago, she found herself over $130,000 in debt. Today she is debt free, raising a […]
November 27, 2012

Declaration of Financial Empowerment

We found this in an issue of Black Enterprise about 10 years ago. Do you need a declaration of financial empowerment? How about making these your […]
November 12, 2012

Groupon gotchas

Admittedly, I am a late adopter. The latest fads have to become old-fashion, typically, before my interest peaks. My grandmother was on Facebook first. I didn’t […]
October 22, 2012

Total Woman Takeaways

The Debt Free Divas had an amazing weekend. Rockford, IL (2 hours north of Chicago) played host to the Total Woman Expo. This scholarship fundraiser and […]
October 11, 2012
Simple Strategies to Build Savings

Simple Strategies to Build Savings

A savings fund is your best defense against forces that seek to derail your debt free momentum. Yes! Forces intent on keeping you mired in money […]
October 4, 2012
Jump Start Your Savings

Jumpstart Your Savings

I love statistics. Numbers help me to visualize abstract concepts. So when a recent workshop presenter started with a couple savings stats, I perked right up. […]
September 27, 2012

Rich vs Average People

I spied a provocative article on Yahoo!Finance last week – 21 Ways Rich People Think Differently. Who can resist an article about rich people, with bullet points […]
September 26, 2012
Advice to Younger Self

Advice to My Younger Self

This post was originally posted in 2012. I’m doing the math and recognizing that a lot has change – even now. I could add to this […]
September 20, 2012

Free Up Your Free Time

Let the dirty laundry flow. For authenticity’s sake, I’m letting it all hang out. I waste a ridiculous amount of time! Television, Youtube, you name it. […]
September 13, 2012

Are Private Schools Worth It?

So my partner in all things personal finance has transitioned to a new stage – mom of a kindergarten student. As a product of the public […]
September 5, 2012

Young, In Love, and In Debt

This is a hot time in the presidential campaign season. The abbreviated Republican National Convention in Tampa wrapped up last week. The Democratic National Convention is […]
September 4, 2012

Fighting Back to Normal

I am drowning in a sea of small projects and real life responsibilities. Not complaining, just commenting on my new life with a little one. To […]
August 1, 2012

Go For The Gold

Every four years, I fall in love with the summer Olympics for 2 weeks in late summer. The London games are bringing the excitement, skill, and […]
August 1, 2012

Should Adult Children Pay Rent?

This question sparked some passionate feedback on our Facebook page. I definitely understand that this can be a touchy subject. Where do the Debt Free Divas […]
May 14, 2012

Rent or Buy

With the arrival of a new bundle of joy, our cozy little condo in the swanky South Loop will become a tight fit in short order. […]
May 1, 2012

Consolidation Con Job

Consolidating multiple loan balances to achieve a smaller monthly payment or even lower interest rate makes sense on paper. However, we rarely live our lives according […]
April 24, 2012

Snowball Your Debt

How many ways can you skin a cat? Actually, I don’t know any. But I do know that eliminating debt comes in many flavors. I also […]
April 23, 2012
Problem with Payments

The Problem with Payments

Ask yourself, “Can I afford it?” Not, “Can I afford the payments?” I specifically remember voicing the second question as we pondered whether to purchase a […]
April 17, 2012

Tax Refund Ideas

Are you expecting a tax refund like 46% of people in this country? Although I think tax refunds are a colossal waste of money (you basically […]
April 12, 2012

Payments Hinder Prosperity

Repeat after me! PAYMENTS KEEP ME FROM  PROSPERING! Joking aside, it’s time to consider total purchase price for non-appreciating items and not how payments fit into […]