March 14, 2012

7 Lessons from Carter’s 1st Week

I may have mentioned that I’ve been otherwise distracted for the past few weeks welcoming my new son, Carter, to the outside. This has been an […]
March 1, 2012

Giving While in Debt

Here’s a question. While working feverishly to dump your debt, does it make sense to give money to charitable causes? In a word, Yes! I have […]
February 24, 2012

Define Wealth?

Ever thought about what it means to be wealthy? Is this some distant dream available only to flashy celebs or supernaturally blessed athletes? 100 people will […]
February 21, 2012

Should Singles Life Insure?

Are you single and ready to mingle? Want to have a conversation about life insurance? While the latter is agreeably less exciting, it’s nonetheless a vital […]
February 9, 2012

Thoughts on Refinancing

We recently completed a marathon refinance session. This is the second (and hopefully last) go ‘round. Our decision to take the plunge wasn’t automatic. When considering […]
February 6, 2012

What’s Your Number?

No, this is not a cheesy, pick-up lines post. Although, I can work personal finances into almost any subject, this post concerns your retirement number. Have […]
January 31, 2012
hard heads make soft bank account

Hard Heads Make a Soft Bank Account

You don’t believe that fat meat is greasy. A hard head makes a soft behind. A stitch in time saves nine. While not much of a […]
January 26, 2012

Why We Did It

It has taken over 6 years, but WonderMan and I were able to retire just over $100,000 in consumer debt. This does not include our mortgage […]
January 25, 2012

When I Can’t Pay

Let’s just say you are on board with the idea of a debt free lifestyle. You’ve drunk the Kool-Aid and bought the t-shirt (paid for in […]
January 20, 2012

S.M.A.R.T. Goal Setting

Spend more than two seconds in a corporate environment and you’ll be asked to set S.M.A.R.T. goals. Why? It works. The same efficiency can be applied […]
January 16, 2012

Financially Free At Last

49 years have passed since that historic speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Dr. King was right. The March on Washington would “…go down […]
January 12, 2012

Annual Strategy Session

We love the New Year in Debt Free Diva land because this time of year is a constant reminder to renew, reflect, & restart. The trick […]
January 10, 2012

Reflect and Renew

HAPPY NEW YEAR Diva Friends!!! The New Year gives us an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments and yet-to-be-completed goals of years gone by. Last year, […]
December 24, 2011
Christmas Poem

T’was The Night Before Christmas (Debt Free Divas Style)

T’was the day before Christmas and all over the land, Folks were wrapping up shopping and finishing holiday plans. . The stockings were hung by the […]
November 21, 2011

An Old School Lesson

Jackie… Exceptional story telling informs as well as entertains. The Black Ensemble Theater on Chicago’s north side accomplished just that with a reproduction of the Jackie […]
November 17, 2011

What if…

I recently read the following statistic in the Wall Street Journal, 70% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. This number caused me to wonder…what if? […]
November 16, 2011

Budgets R.O.C.K.

The time has come for a mid-month, budget check in. Working on a monthly budget requires a regular comparison to actual financial activities. Our initial attempts […]
November 10, 2011

Free eBook Offer

The Debt Free Divas spent some time chatting with CNN personal finance contributor, Clyde Anderson, about the importance of maintaining a good credit history. Clyde is […]
November 1, 2011

New Student Loan Rules

  President Obama recently announced new rules aimed at relieving the student loan repayment burden for graduates beginning in 2012. A recent visit to reveals […]
October 29, 2011

Enter Scrooge McDuck

A recent conversation went a little something like this…hit it! Client: I have a number of birthday celebrations to attend. Me: But you have $XXX in […]
October 25, 2011

All advice AIN’T good advice

I get it. Opinions and pie-holes, everyone has one. However, bad advice is dangerous. Really! This may be why the bible suggests we seek a multitude […]
October 21, 2011

To-Do Novel Tips

Again, I love learning and sharing new things. If you are anything like me, you have a million things to do – all due yesterday. I’ve […]
October 15, 2011

Small Business Expo

I am committed to a lifetime of learning; especially in areas of great personal interest…personal finance and entrepreneurship. As such, I love opportunities to bump up […]
October 10, 2011

A Plea for Reason this Season

I know we haven’t yet turned the corner on Halloween, but Christmas is just under 90 days away. Have you started Christmas shopping yet? Probably not, […]
October 8, 2011

Undisciplined Rut Relief

A few weeks ago I posted a blog on discipline. The irony is not lost on me that more than a month later, I am posting […]
August 29, 2011

Dust Off Your Discipline

I heard a great sermon the other day from Charles Stanley of Intouch Ministries about developing discipline. In a minute I’ll try to highlight a few […]
July 27, 2011

Adjustable Debt Ceilings

Are you experiencing debt ceiling debate burnout? I am. Will they, won’t they…compromise…oh my. Who’s right? Is August 2nd truly the drop dead deadline…this time? More […]
July 21, 2011

Tango with a Timeshare

Last summer, WonderMan and I visited the beaches of Puerto Vallarta for  a week. The weather was amazing. Everyone was warm and friendly. The much needed […]
July 18, 2011

Hand-off Rip-off Scam

Have you ever received a letter advising that your mortgage is being transferred to another bank? This benign process is fairly common in today’s economy. However, […]
July 12, 2011

The Ostrich Dance

The Divas are home from our weekend in New Rochelle, NY. We presented a Debt Free for Life seminar for the Westchester Young Adult Conference hosted […]