State of the Student Loan

by Elle Martinez
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Last month, I shared our goal for 2014 – getting rid of the student loan by the end of the year. I explained why we wanted to do it and mentioned that I’d be doing monthly updates, so here I am sharing our progress for last month. Funny thing about monthly updates is that when things […]

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TurboTax Online Review (and Giveaway)

by Elle Martinez
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With tax season upon a us, I wanted to go ahead and share how we take care of our own. We’ve been using TurboTax to handle our family’s tax needs for the last couple of years and we’ve been very happy with them. When we started our taxes this year, I noticed that there have […]

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Raising a Toddler – 2013 Costs

by Elle Martinez
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Becoming parents has been the biggest change we’ve experienced as a couple. When we found out we were going to having a baby, one of the first things we sat down and talked about -after celebrating about the news!- was making sure we had a financial cushion. How Much Does It Cost to Raise a […]

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Alex von Tobel Wants You to Be Financially Fearless

by Elle Martinez
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We’re already halfway through January and as some people are reevaluating the money goals they’ve set for themselves this year (such as saving more and getting out of debt) I want to share a book that may keep you on target in 2014 and beyond – Financially Fearless by Alexa von Tobel. In case you’re […]

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Want to Get Paid for Your Writing?

by Elle Martinez
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When I’ve mentioned to family and friends that some of my income comes from writing, there’s an element of surprise. After all, aren’t writers broke? My response is that earning income from writing has a lot in common with earning money in other careers – working smart and being willing to hustle can help open doors. […]

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Where Did You Go? Blogroll Time

by Elle Martinez
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I’m in the process of updating my blogroll (which I do about once a year) this week and I noticed some some have been sold and now have new owners, some have stopped updating, and some (gasp!) are gone. Crazy how much things can change in a year. Besides removing some sites that have gone […]

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How to Determine If Buying or Renting is More Cost-Effective

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Most renters dream of transitioning from renting to owning homes. For some, it is more financially responsible to buy. While leasing an apartment is cheaper in the short term, buying a home is most likely the largest investment and asset a person ever owns. The tricky part is determining when is the best time to […]

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