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September 2016



Sometimes Lifestyle Inflation is a Good Thing

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When people think of lifestyle inflation, they think of wasted money. But there are times when lifestyle inflation makes sense.Generally, when you hear about “lifestyle inflation” in the personal finance community, it’s got a negative connotation.

I get it. When people think of lifestyle inflation, they think of wasted money.

People waste their increased income by putting it toward new or more expensive things rather than their financial goals. This is why increasing your income isn’t always the answer to helping you get out of debt or build your savings. A higher income is only helpful if you can avoid lifestyle inflation and put that extra money toward your financial goals.

I’ll admit it, I have struggled with avoiding lifestyle inflation as my income increased. (more…)



August 2016



Why I Decided to Shell Out $170 Per Month for a Personal Trainer

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Maybe hiring a personal trainer is worth the cost after all. I love why this woman decided to hire a personal trainer!It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with my body weight for the past few years.

I’ve talked about the struggle of having to either buy bigger pants or change my eating habits to help my current pants fit.

I’ve talked about how Crossfit used to be a part of my budget but that I decided to quit paying for it when I quit my job.

And last fall I talked about my plans for better self care because I wasn’t happy that I had gained weight.

I had a pretty good run at the beginning of this year. I tracked my food and exercise with my FitBit and I lost nearly 10 pounds. But since then I’ve put that back on plus another 20 or so.

Even though I have a treadmill and elliptical at home, I wasn’t motivating myself to workout and eat right, which is why I finally broke down and hired a personal trainer.




August 2016



Why You’re Having a Hard Time Simplifying Your Life

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Check this out! It really helped me simplify my life. Maybe you can simplify your life too!Today I have a guest post for you from Lorin. Lorin is a fairly new blogger who is sharing her real life stories about perseverance, character, and hope. Enjoy!

You desire to live a life where you can wake up in the morning without worrying what is to come.

You desire to have simplicity, yet wonder why you are always left with high demands feeling as if you’re being weighed down.

You keep trying to lighten up yet things just seem to never work out the way you planned.

I’ve got news for you. I have lived out this same struggle day in and day out unsure of where I’m going wrong and how I can fix it.

The truth is, life doesn’t have to be complicated. We make choices that don’t allow us to have the simplicity we are always chasing after.

I desire for you to experience simplicity. So, I want to share with you everything that’s bound to get in the way of living the simple life you’ve only dreamed of having.




May 2016



The Best Bargains on Everyday Expenses

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5132814130_ed54b1c73aIt seems like everyone’s check has to stretch a bit further these days. Rather than giving up on the enjoyable things in life, the savvy consumer finds ways to cut costs on regular expenses. Here are some ways you can save major cash without major heartache.

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Assurant review say, having insurance when disaster strikes can make all the difference.




April 2016



Life is Short: Do What Makes You Happy

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Life is too short to be unhappy! What are you doing to make yourself happier?We have all heard the old adage, “If you do what makes you happy, you won’t work a day in your life,” and yet more than half of all working Americans are unsatisfied with their job, according to The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey.

Why is this? Why don’t people do what makes them happy? I’m no expert on money and happiness, but the most likely answer is that people do what brings in the enough money to pay the bills. When you have mouths to feed and have to have a way to put a roof over your head, you take whatever job you can find, without due regard to happiness.

We all think we have the rest of our lives to pursue what makes us happy. Especially when we’re in our 20s and 30s, we feel like we have our whole lives ahead of us. What’s another year or two in a job that makes us miserable, as long as we’re paying the bills?

The average life expectancy for American citizens is 78.8 years old, meaning most healthy Americans can reasonably look for to a long life in which to pursue their dreams and do what makes them happy in the long run. That being said, the hard truth is that cancer, unintentional injuries (i.e. car accidents for example), and other diseases make up the bulk of the mortality rate in this country.

You never know what life is going to spring on you, and you never know how long you have to live your life.

Life is short, do what makes you happy. Even if you don’t have a way to get paid for what makes you happy, find time to devote to the things and activities that bring you joy. (more…)