April 29, 2011

If I Was Homeless and Poor…

If I Was Homeless and Poor, How Would I Begin to Change My Situation?   This is a blog swap chain letter organized through the Yakezie […]
April 26, 2011

‘Til Death Do Us Part

Student loans seemed like a good idea at the time. Many are steered toward student loans as a responsible way to finance a college education. I […]
April 20, 2011

Freedom Party Planning

I recently mentioned that I amazed my debt-free-minded-self after calculating the exact amount of debt we’ve retired. With $10,000 in debt left, I’m sure you might […]
April 18, 2011

93 down, 10 to go

Let me clarify, that is $93,000 in debt paid off so far. Whew! I’m simultaneously amazed and somewhat embarrassed. In some parts of the country, that’s […]
April 15, 2011

Book Review: Millionaire Women Next Door

This is an oldie, but goodie. Non-fiction book series tend to repackage previous information, throw in a catchy new title, and wrap it in a shiny, […]
April 11, 2011

Budget BFF (Part II)

Did you miss Budget BFF Part I? Remember, garbage in leads to garbage out. Get the skinny on preparing for a fabulous budget relationship. Create the […]
April 7, 2011

Money Smart Week In Review

Money Smart Week is over for the Divas. We had a wonderful time meeting new friends and reconnecting with others. Money Smart Week is still in […]
April 5, 2011

Book Review: Expect to Win

Guest post by Lahesha Williams of Career Help for Christians. Expect to Win – 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace Carla A. Harris, Managing […]
March 28, 2011

Totally Money Blog Carnival #12

  Take a ride on the Totally Money Blog Carnival and pick up some good information and tips on managing your personal finances. There’s a little […]
March 26, 2011

Budget BFF (Part I)

In 2011, forget about diamonds or dogs. A budget is your new best friend. Like any good friend, your budget BFF will listen to financial goals, […]
March 18, 2011

Oh So Old-School Envelops

If going retro involves reviving an outdated trend, style, or fashion and making it a functional norm…then it’s time to retroact the envelop system. Old school […]
March 11, 2011

In Case You Missed It

Michael Baisden has been promoting the Debt Free Divas all week on his Baisden Live afternoon radio program. We are all still on cloud nine, but […]
March 4, 2011
Debt Free Divas

Business of the Week

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! I’m trying to blogistically (Is that a word?) recreate the sound which emerged from the Debt Free Divas the moment we learned our little, humble-pie […]
March 4, 2011

Confessions of an Info Hoarder

I have a confession. I’ve been unintentionally keeping a lot of great blogs to myself. A component of the Yakezie challenge requires that we support and […]
March 1, 2011

A Tale of Two Tenants

It was the best of tenants. It was the worst of tenants. Literally! I have two rental condos; on opposite sides of the city; with two […]
February 24, 2011

Frugal Fatigue

Have you ever been tired? Tired of counting points at every meal… Tired of responding to your texts on FB so you don’t go over… Tired […]
February 18, 2011

Money Smart Week Youth Contest

Money Smart Week is an initiative by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to promote improved financial literacy. The week, April 4 – 9, 2011, includes […]
February 17, 2011

All The Single Mommies!!!

Aja Williams did it! This single mom paid off $130,000 in debt and lived to tell about it. Anyone in debt, single parent or not, can […]
February 16, 2011

Do u #twitopera????

The Debt Free Divas are launching our first live-action, Facebook-centered dramedy. The characters are staged, but the stories are ripped from the headlines of everyday life. […]
February 15, 2011

Credit Card Interest Rising

Think it’s impossible? First Premier Bankcard is targeting consumers with sub prime credit scores, below 599. They have a new credit card product that has new […]
February 11, 2011

Keep On Movin

If you’ve been keeping up with my mini-novella, you’ve probably realized by now that I am a HUGE football fan. Plus when you get writers block, […]
February 8, 2011

Finding Your Financial Legs (Part 2 of 2)

If you read my last post about Pittsburg Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall and his incredible legs, you’ll recall I posed a question…do you have financial […]
February 4, 2011
Lakeshore Drive

A Lesson in Blizzards

The Blizzard of 2011 has taken its rightful place as the 3rd largest snowfall in Chicago’s recorded history. For the record, this is my first blizzard […]
February 1, 2011

He’s Got Legs (Part 1 of 2)

Ok DIVA friends I have a confession… I heart 80’s music. One of my all time favs – She’s Got Legs by ZZ Top. I have […]
January 20, 2011


Comparing debt elimination to a marathon aggravates me. Marathons have a defined beginning and end point. You can judge an approximate end time. There’s honor in […]
January 14, 2011

Bended Fender Brush with an Emergency Fund

This past Monday, I was returning from an early morning doctor appointment. No problems there. Less than a mile from home, I attempted to make a […]
January 10, 2011

Unleashing Your Inner DIVA

Hello World. It’s a New Year!! Time to unleash your INNER DEBT FREE DIVA (…or Dude)!! You know – the one you’ve been hiding from so […]
January 6, 2011

New Year, New You

What are the top 3 resolutions for any new year? We’re revealing the answers on the Mid Day Money Show. Last week, the Debt Free Divas […]
January 3, 2011

Let The Bankruptcies Begin

Prichard, Alabama, a town of 27,000 on the outskirts of Mobile, stopped paying pension benefits for retired city employees. Yes, you read correctly. 150 retired, seasoned […]
December 29, 2010

I’ll Have No More Debt, Thank You

I had a conversation with my brother about finances some time ago. We added my family’s combined income (large family). I was blown away to think […]