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How recovering from being a Starbucks snob saved me money

In Finance, Phenomenal Living

Don’t get me wrong I LOVE a good cup of Starbucks coffee and a delicious Starbucks pastry. It is my own personal slice of happiness.  I love the coffee, the pastry, and the conversations that I have with the baristas when I am there.  One of the baristas even invited me to attend church and I gladly went the following Sunday. To me, Starbucks is an experience that I budgeted and even talk about in my first book and in the workshops that I teach. However, once I had twins, I had to rethink my spending habits. I had to…

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How A Mini Health Scare Taught Me Why Self Care Is Linked To Financial Wellness

In Faith, Phenomenal Living

I was running around trying to pack and get organized for a road trip and then all of a sudden I felt dizzy, light headed, and shaky. It felt like my blood sugar had dropped and I had to rush to get something to eat to feel better. It wasn’t the first time this had happened and earlier that day a friend of mine admonished me to take better care of myself. She praised everything that I was doing for the twins (cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and making my own baby food), but she cautioned me that everything that I was…

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How Understanding Your Role as Mom Will Save You Money and Stress

In Phenomenal Living

As single moms, sometimes we carry a lot of guilt and shame. We carry shame about the fact that our kids don’t have the other parent. Sometimes we think that it is our job to love them times two. I had a conversation with a friend of mine today, and I told her that I just want to love my kids more to make up for the fact that their dad walked out. Trust me, I use the word “dad” loosely. I already take on the parental responsibility of two parents, but I also try to love my children times…

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20 Things You Are Wasting Money On

In Finance, Phenomenal Living

Imagine being able to save money without impacting your lifestyle by getting control over the items that you waste money on.  Before you start to slash your budget and cut out the fun, re-evaluate the ways that you spend without thinking.  Here are 20 ways that you waste money and how you can change this spending. Things you are probably wasting money on Overdraft Fees. Overdraft fees can be as high as $35 per transaction, so if you have 3 overdrafts per month then you end up spending $105 in fees.  What could you do with the extra money?  You…

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Critical reasons why single moms need a will, trust, and full estate plan

Why Single Moms Need A Solid Estate Plan

In Finance

When I initially thought of estate planning, I thought that was something that wealthy people did who have a ton of money. I didn’t quite understand the importance of an estate plan for everyday people – especially single moms. However, I learned that estate planning isn’t just for the wealthy. It is a way to protect your assets to ensure that they are distributed according to your desires. Even if you think that you don’t have much in assets or even insurance, an estate plan is critical if you have minor children. This is critical for 7 reasons that I describe in…

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