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Investing for Beginners: 2 Questions To Ask

When Jordan and I were saving to buy a house, we couldn’t agree on where to keep the money we were slowly stashing away. Do we keep it in savings? Do we invest it? We couldn’t come to an agreement because though we are both equally knowledgeable, we view...

How We Easily Doubled Our Savings While Living More

It’s no secret that I don’t adhere to tracking a strict budget. I know. I’m the black sheep of the personal finance world. I understand that tracking daily, weekly, or monthly is what really works for some people and I have nothing against it. But I swear,...

Investing For Beginners: A Stupid Mistake Cost Us $16K

My first real introduction to investing was back at the end of 2008. It was a big year. The real estate market was crashing. The world was in a financial meltdown. And I was a cheeky 20-something who decided it seemed like the perfect time to make a quick...

Side Hustle Ideas That Actually Help Your Career

One of the things that really gets me riled up is looking at articles that claim to have great ideas for side hustles for women. The article is usually accompanied by a horrible stock image of a woman holding a baby while balancing a laptop. And the suggestions...

An Alternative Holiday Gift Guide

  Once Halloween has gone, it’s a free pass for the internet to start advertising holiday gift guides and black Friday sales. Honestly, sometimes I get a little gift fatigue before the Thanksgiving turkey is slid into the oven. A few years ago I realized that there...

How Many Savings Accounts Should I Have?

A few years ago I was at a friend’s going away party and she pulled me over to meet her mom. When she introduced me, her mom instantly replied, “Oh you’re the one who helped Lauren set up all of her savings accounts!” Errr….I guess so? Is that really how I want to be...

How To Spend Money Wisely

  I’ve always had a hard time reading personal finance sites because I feel like 90% of the content doesn’t relate to me. Yes, I like money, but I hate budgeting and I don’t like focusing on cheap finds (though I’ll certainly take a deal when I find one). For a while,...

I Negotiated our Rent. And it Feels Amazing.

A few weeks ago we were served with a letter from an agent letting us know that our lease is up and rent is increasing. We had just a couple of days to decide if we were staying at the higher price or if we’d pack our bags and try something new. Honestly, I was...

Why Money Is So Important In Your Career

I was at dinner a couple of months ago with a group of ladies I’d just met. As we were getting to know each other, the conversation turned to what we all did for work. When I shared that I help women make the best money and career decisions they can make, the...

A Budget For People Who Hate Budgeting

What do you do if you hate budgeting but know that you need to do something? Automate your spending and saving with a budget for people who hate budgeting.

The 5 Money And Career Lessons That Led Me Here

I’ve been lucky so far to have a varied career. I started off as a CPA for PwC auditing large banks during the financial crisis (super interesting, incredibly exhausting). I went to business school at Duke to broaden my skillset and take me in a different direction...