Today, I want to celebrate relationships! As many of my long-time readers know, I have had my ups and downs when it comes to relationships. I’ve been in good relationships and bad ones. Because of this colorful past of mine, I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt, that money plays a BIG role when it [...]

Hi there! I’m so excited to share this news with you today. I had a chance to be on the most awesome FIRE Drill Podcast with J and Gwen the other week! I had a ton of fun sharing relationship stories and talking FIRE and FIOR. Those two gals really know how to throw a virtual [...]

This article may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure for more info. Before finding the financial independence community, my husband and I were not being savvy with our money. In fact, we were being downright irresponsible. When we met, neither one of us had a crushing debt load, but we have both been there [...]

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure for more info.  We’re almost there, guys! 2018 is knocking down the door just waiting for us to embrace it. And that’s exactly what we plan to do. But we’re not going to embrace it by buying ourselves a new car or unnecessary STUFF. No, [...]

This article may contain affiliate links. It doesn’t matter if you graduated college 10 years ago or 10 days ago, student loan debt can be suffocating. So, why am I talking to you about suffocating student loan debt? Because if you’re one of the many people who suffer from this affliction, I’m here to tell [...]

As you all know, I rarely accept guest posts here on Mad Money Monster, but I made an exception. I was approached by The Penny Hoarder to write a contribution piece for their website all about saving for your future over saving for your kids’ future. Since I’m quite passionate about that topic, I was [...]

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure for more info. Remember when you were a kid and you were afraid of the monster in the closet? Do you remember how you overcame that fear? I remember forcing myself to stay awake long past the point of exhaustion, as well as covering my [...]

This article may contain affiliate links. As I was perusing the Interweb this week, I came across some survey results that outlined the extent to which parents are taking on student loans for their kids. Truth be told, these results floored me. I’m shocked at the number of parents who are willing to jeopardize their own [...]

It’s true. I’m going to tell you my secret for how I paid off $25,000 in loans in a mere 15 years. I hope you detect the sarcasm. When I graduated college in 2002, I walked away with a degree and student loan debt totaling $25,000. I made most of the right moves when it [...]

So, let me guess, you’ve been looking at your finances lately and aren’t getting a warm and fuzzy feeling? You feel like everyone around you is moving at a lightening speed, eliminating debt and building wealth? Of course you feel this way. Social media makes it so. Seeing your friends posting their picture-perfect family on vacation [...]

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