Category Archives: Reinventing yourself

Stop punching a time clock and start pursuing your passion

If you want to stop punching a time clock and getting paid to pursue your passion, you have to be willing to take a few risks. It took my husband, Zeb, and I, seven years to finish college. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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Five tips for a smooth transition to a new job

According to research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, younger baby boomers — those born between 1957 and 1964 — held an average of 11.3 jobs between ages 18 and 46. Twenty-six percent of those tracked held 15 jobs or … Continue reading

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Who Pays On The First Date?

Times have changed since I last dated. It’s no longer cut and dry when it comes to who pays on the first date. A few months ago Jean Chatzky wrote about “These days – who pays for the wedding?” In … Continue reading

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Building your nest egg in case of getting laid off

There’s nothing fun about getting laid off, particularly these days when the amount of time it takes to find the next job is still way above historical averages. But if it this financial setback has to happen, you’re best off … Continue reading

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Financial counseling: A smart move for a newly blended family

When my husband recommended that we sign up for financial counseling, I didn’t blink. Why? Because when I need help getting in shape, I schedule a few sessions with my personal trainer without hesitation. I didn’t think twice about pre-marital … Continue reading

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Think before you buy

Do you tend to think before you buy things? An article on got me thinking about some of my mindless buying habits. If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you’ve probably already keyed into the fact that I’m … Continue reading

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Reduce your monthly expenses and bills

Sometimes after I go through the process of developing a spending plan with someone I’m working with I hear that they’re having trouble making ends meet. Sometimes they’re not able to save. Sometimes, they can’t even cover their monthly expenses … Continue reading

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Living on a budget

A while ago I wrote about the pain of having to start living by a budget in “Budget smudget.” Budgets are a necessary evil at certain times of life and it became a necessity for me. I was planning a … Continue reading

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When to refinance a mortgage or recast it

UPDATE: One of our readers, Petunia 100, found an error in this post. Recasting does not lower your interest rate—the only way to lower your interest rate is to refinance your loan. Sorry about that, and thanks, Petunia, for catching… Continue reading

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