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  • Blog Post: The Stress of Debt

    Have you considered your stress levels lately? I know that I have and it hit me pretty hard in the face. I couldn't figure out why I wasn't sleeping well, was tired all the time, kept catching colds quicker than I normally would, and even began gaining weight... until I stopped to evaluate. If...
  • Blog Post: I Had No Idea That Was Out There....

    Do you know what resources are available in your Community? I am amazed at how many programs and resources there are in each of our communities whose sole focus is to help people in some way. Some feed or shelter those in need, some specifically help women, and some specifically help men; I think it...
  • Blog Post: Don’t Be Afraid Of the DMP

    ....Just understand it. If you do a simple Google search on "DMP," the list of articles and sites produced goes on and on, from definitions, to the companies that can help, to the companies that can't help. It is all there and it is all overwhelming! I was very scared and nervous two and...
  • Blog Post: Holiday Traditions

    The fact that I am about to write a bit on the holiday season is so NOT me. I am not a holiday person and to talk about it this far in advance seems crazy, yet, not so crazy when you want your holidays to run smoothly and stress free. I grew up having incredible holidays - I come from an Italian, Catholic...
  • Blog Post: Legally Married...Now What?

    We all know that once you make the decision to marry someone you are tied to them for life (or at least that is the intention!). With this in mind, you know with all your heart that you truly love this person, but do you know everything there is to know about them.....financially? Romantic, right? Sure...
  • Blog Post: One down….Two to go (Weddings that is!)

    Those of you that have followed my posts know that this has been quite a year with regards to my wedding planning. We are (obviously) on a budget and were trying to do everything in our power to make things nice and easy. Well, as the title of my blog states, yes, I have ended up with 3 weddings! My...
  • Blog Post: Never Hurts To Ask

    Who would have thought? I am amazed at how much I have learned since I began taking charge of my finances and being thoroughly involved in all aspects of my money ways. So, what was it this time that surprised me? Honestly; I just asked. I had a tough month. I am sure each of us has been there. Nothing...
  • Blog Post: Can I Really Do That Myself?

    There are so many things happening in my life: deposits due for wedding events, bills to be paid, dogs to be cared for-- you get the point. Slowly but surely, things are falling by the wayside; and some luxuries that just don't make sense anymore, are still necessary. Specifically, I am referring...
  • Blog Post: Seasons Change...How Are You Adjusting?

    If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't worry it'll change. ~John A. Simone, Sr. Gets the point across, right?! These days is seems like the only thing we can count on is...change. I work in the Workforce Development industry...
  • Blog Post: It is Right around the Corner

    I can't believe I am getting ready to ask this.....Are you ready for Christmas? I know, I know, no one ever wants to think about the stress of the holidays before fall is even here, but they always sneak up on us and I am here to remind you: start early. If you start early, you can actually enjoy...
  • Blog Post: Gas, Electric and Water...Oh My!

    Okay, so these are not exactly lions, tigers, and bears....but, if you don't pay attention to them, they could be! Growing up, I never understood why my father was constantly telling us to, "turn off the lights" when you leave a room, "put a sweater on" if we were cold or, "turn...
  • Blog Post: Some Good News....Finally!

    Do you feel like you have had nothing but bad news since you began focusing on your debt and how to get out of it? I know I have. Can't seem to catch a break. It seems that no matter how hard you try, something pulls you back behind. Well, I gambled and it paid off! You may remember from previous...
  • Blog Post: I am so over OVERDRAFT fees!

    These wonderful little fees have become my worst nightmare. When I was using credit cards, I never dealt with these fees because if my account got low, I charged! Well, as I work my budget and unforeseen expenses come up, sometimes I come up a little short the day before my paycheck goes in. I never...
  • Blog Post: Even we have to prepare for Back-to-School

    Let's face it. Even if you don't have kids, the concept of "back-to-school" hits all of us. The idea of summer for everyone is a time to be a little more carefree than the rest of the year. Vacations are planned. Offices close up a bit earlier, and more often. All in all, the thrill...
  • Blog Post: What's in your pantry?

    There has been one thing that has remained consistent over the 2 years that I have been on my DMP...I cannot figure out how to spend less on food. I have tried it all! There is nothing more frustrating to me than being single, having to shop and cook for myself, and still having no idea about how to...
  • Blog Post: Don't lose out on summer fun

    How many times do we say, "If I just had 1 more hour..." or "I would be able to get so much more done, if I just had another day..." Let's think about it though. Would we really, or is it just an excuse? I spent an entire summer interning in Washington, D.C. years ago. I couldn't...
  • Blog Post: Who has the time....or the money?

    I was recently invited to a "Memory Keeping Party." Not one to do the Pampered Chef, Tupperware, or Candle Parties, I pulled my friend aside and gently told her that although I would love to go, I was not in a position to purchase anything at this point and I was going to pass. "No, no...
  • Blog Post: Cash for Gold

    I was skeptical. I mean, put a bunch of jewelry in a bag, send it away, and get a check for it? It didn't seem quite right. It was a time when I was a little desperate for some cash, so I did it. I put in a few things that didn't mean much to me...that way if I lost out I wouldn't be too...
  • Blog Post: Summer Party Time on a Budget!

    I want to have a party. Casual, fun, close friends. I want to celebrate the summer and relax a bit with the people I enjoy being around. We work hard, we deserve it! So, what is girl on a budget to do? I have a great house, but not big enough for anything larger than a dinner party. I have to consider...
  • Blog Post: What's Happening In the Wedding World?

    As if I don't have enough going on, let's talk about how the wedding plans are going! Remember when I said, "Hey, no worries, it's over eleven months away?" Well, we are now at less than six months and closing. . . and the worries are adding up. As I have mentioned, we are doing...
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