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Latest Posts: Spend Smarter

How to Stop Overspending – Tools to Organize Your Money

The best things in life are free. Right? When it comes to the tools that I'm currently loving to help me organize my money, that's definitely true. I've shared before how I'm not naturally a saver, but I've managed to set up systems and nudges that make it easier for...

How We Manage Our Money, in 15 Minutes a Month

This month was rough money-wise, but great life-wise. You win some, you lose some, right? With a baby arriving, I have been going a little overboard buying things that I hope will make life easier. We’ve also had a slew of doctors bills, which I’m sure is only the tip...

Should You Pay Off Debt, Save, or Invest? Here’s How To Decide.

Do I pay off debt? Do I invest? Or, wait. Should I build that emergency savings first? One of the great things about life is that we have choices. Lots and lot of choices. But those choices can also become a little overwhelming. Because with all of the choices in...

Latest Posts: Make More

March Financial Goals Update: How I Make More Money

When Jordan and I sat down to make our goals for 2018, we knew this would be a big year. “Make more money” isn’t a unique goal but the goal was intrinsic to enabling our live bigger goals. We were expecting our first child in March, we are saving up to build a home on...

Make the Pay Gap Personal

Last week Jordan and I were thrilled to welcome little Henry Ellis into our family. He’s our first child and well, let’s just say I had no idea what to expect. These last 10 days have been a whirlwind and after an extended stay in a hospital room that costs more than...

Why We Chose The Nevada 529 Plan and How Much We’re Saving

I’ve written a lot about opening a 529 plan this year because Jordan and I are expecting our first child (or, depending on when I publish this, our first child might already be here. Weird.) Though I laid out the basics of a 529 plan in this video and post, the...

Latest Posts: Live Bigger

Ask Erica: March Reader Questions

  A monthly series answering questions that I get from you! Have a question that you'd like to see answered in a future month? Email   Question:   “I was wondering if you have any advice for when your husband and you don’t agree on spending. I...

The 5 Mindsets That Are Sabotaging Your Money

I remember graduating from college as a smug 21-year-old Economics major. My thoughts about money didn’t run deep. Money is simple! Seriously, how could people mess this up? My first few articles about personal finance years ago were equally as condescending. Luckily...

Why I Paid Off My Student Loan Debt

During the last few weeks of business school, every single person in my graduating class had to meet in our auditorium. No, this wasn’t a fun talk by Coach K (Duke’s famous basketball coach that gave talks often and always packed the house). It was a seminar on our...

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Forbes Series: How I Negotiated An Extra $10K With One Phone Call

Title: Engineer, Financial Services Location: New York, NY Original Fee: $80k Negotiated Fee: $90k My mom taught me from a young age that you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate for. What was the situation when you decided to negotiate...

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