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December 8, 2015
Freelance Income Report - Earning Money

Freelance Follow Up – November Results

After attending a conference in September, I was bitten by the freelance bug. Freelancing entails offering your skills and/or services to another on an as-needed basis. […]
December 3, 2015
Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness for Caregivers

This is an example of when Facebook works well. Through Facebook, I network with (and contribute to) an amazing group through social media known as the […]
November 23, 2015
Save By Prepaying Mortgage

How to Save Long-Term by Prepaying Your Mortgage

This post was contributed by Jennifer Riner of Zillow.com Freeing yourself from the confines of a mortgage isn’t just emotionally rewarding – it’s financially savvy, too. […]
November 19, 2015
Love Affair With Debt

Is Debt a Third Person in Your Relationship?

Forget about compatibility perfection in your relationship when your spouse secretly admires ‘debt’. Has your life turned into a regular battleground when money enters the conversation? […]
November 10, 2015
Impact of Student Debt on Homeownership

How Does Student Debt Affect Your Chances of Homeownership?

Knowledge is power for recent graduates with student debt. One common belief is that student debt prevents you from saving for a down payment or ruins […]
November 6, 2015

How to Leverage Milestones and Capture Victory Over Debt

 On this episode of the Midday Money Show, I want to chat, one-to-one. I’ve been doing a lot of interview shows. That’s great, but I wanted […]
November 3, 2015

Save Money and Get Cash Back from your Phone Service

I can be a creature of habit. Once I have systems or services setup, I rarely review them for savings. That’s not a good habit to […]
October 31, 2015
Credit History

What Stories Does Your Credit History Tell?

As a landlord, I enter into financial agreements with perfect strangers on a regular basis. I have to trust people with whom I have no previous […]
October 23, 2015
Should You Ever Pay For Private School

Should You Ever Pay for Primary School? Having the Public vs Private School Debate

Short answer – my perspective hasn’t changed in 3 years since we first raised this question – it depends. It depends on: The school options available […]
October 20, 2015
Never Fly Spirit

Why I Don’t Fly Spirit Airlines

Again I ask, Can We Take Frugal Too Far? This time, I’m regretting my decision to fly with Spirit Airlines. Spirit Airlines has actually been around […]
October 17, 2015
Getting Started as a Freelance Writer

Getting a Freelance Foot in the Door: Creating Side Income to Dump Debt Faster

It makes perfect sense and I CANNOT believe I hadn’t considered it before now. What is it? Getting started as a freelance writer, of course. Sometimes […]
October 13, 2015
Avoid-Atm-Fees

5 Alternatives to Paying Double at the ATM

Stopping for bite at your favorite bistro and they don’t take debit or credit cards? You’ll pay more than ever to withdraw cash from an ATM […]
October 9, 2015
Success on Fiverr

Unlocking the Secret to Success with a #SideHustle on Fiverr

One week in and I haven’t seen any movement on my Fiverr gigs. I am not deterred. Not yet anyway. To catch everyone up – I’m […]
October 7, 2015

Reader Question – What Do You Think of Debt Management Firms?

I received a great question from a member of #teamdebtfree. We haven’t touched on this topic in a while, but it’s a good conversation to have. […]
September 29, 2015
Side Hustle Challenge

Side Hustle Challenge Accepted – Making Money on Fiverr

I’m pumped and ready to give Fiverr a good ole college try. For the uninitiated, Fiverr.com is site for people like me to get top-notch services […]
September 25, 2015
Damus Smith Paid Of $125, 000

How Damus Kicked Butt and Dumped $125K in Debt of 1 Year

Damus Smith wanted to be the next Sean John, FUBU, or what have you. He has a gift for entrepreneurship and and eye for fashion. Why […]
September 22, 2015

My FinCon15 ROI

Like most new things, I’m generally late to the party. I didn’t switch from tapes to CDs until tape players were featured in museums. Smart phones […]
September 18, 2015

Got Discipline? A Key Ingredient in Dumping Debt

Dumping debt themes appear in messages from a number of sources. I heard a great sermon from Charles Stanley of Intouch Ministries about developing discipline. In […]
September 15, 2015
Budget Busting Triggers

Managing Your Budget Busting Triggers

Budget busting triggers are people, places, things or events (nouns or verbs) that make it challenging to stick with a budget in a particular area. To […]
September 11, 2015

A Million Reasons to Love Million in 10

I haven’t done a straight on book review in a while. I miss these…I should plan to do more. Thomas J. Stanley, author of The Millionaire […]
September 8, 2015
Debt Free Obstacles

Overcome Debt Free Obstacles: Spending and Income Problems

Achieving a debt free lifestyle is a noble goal. I talk with plenty of people who desire debt freedom, but turning a dream into reality takes […]
September 3, 2015
Save money on groceries.

Tame Your Grocery Bill with Simple Ways to Save

I’ve added a new item to my bucket list. Get invited to a home cooked meal at Steve and Annette Economidies. She had me at lamb […]
September 1, 2015

Sunshine Blogger Award

I’ve been recognized – by my peer – for spreading sunshine. Recognition of your efforts is always a nice thing. So I appreciate Maarten Van Lier […]
August 28, 2015
Find $200/month in your budget challenge

Find $200/month in your Budget Challenge

I’ve been engaged in a most interesting experiment. I’ve been helping people find $200/month on paper in their budget. So far (as of the published date […]
August 24, 2015
Travel to Washington D.C.

Doing Washington D.C. Debt Free Divas Style

So far, one of my all-time-favorite places to visit is the nation’s capital. Washington D.C. The District of Columbia. I love the architecture. I love the […]
August 21, 2015
Legal affairs

Keeping Your Affairs in Order – Legal Matters Chat with Johnetta Paye, Esq.

For some time, I’ve wanted to cover basic legal issues on the Midday Money Show podcast. Why, after 5 years, I’m just getting around to it […]
August 17, 2015
Keeping accounts separate

5 Financial Reasons to Avoid Co-mingling if you Cohabitate

As this experience running a laundromat officially winds down, I was recently engaged in conversation with yet another colorful personality. We’ve had the laundromat since 2003. […]
August 15, 2015
Bronzeville Summer Night Tour

How Misbehaving Almost Ruined our $20 Date Night

I know the back to school sales are in full force and the days are getting shorter, but I’m not giving up on summer – not […]
August 10, 2015
Frugal or Cheap?

Can We Take Frugal Too Far?

I’ve been hitting the bitty birthday circuit hard this month. We’ve attended a first birthday bash, a four year old swim soiree, a bounce and jam […]
August 7, 2015
Build Your Savings to Pursue Debt Free Living

How to Create a $300,000 in the Bank Attitude

Maarten van Lier heard an off-the-cuff comment from a co-worker shortly after arriving in the United States from the Netherlands. His co-worker expressed a lack of […]