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Real Money Stories: Running an Airbnb

Back in April when I went on my big Utah road trip with my friend Megan, we stopped by her cousin Austin's house in St. George, Utah (located in Southern Utah). Austin had generously let us borrow all his camping gear for our trip, then let us stay there for the last night, which was very kind of him since he uses his extra room to run an Airbnb side business. Now of course a lot of people do, but what struck me about Austin was his passion for hosting, and how much work and detail he put … Read More...

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6 Ways Freelancers Can Protect Themselves

Being a freelancer has a vast number of perks: You get to be your own boss; you often get to set your own hours, and you can work from almost anywhere. However working beneath the protective umbrella of a corporation or larger organization — something regular employees largely take for granted — is hardly ever part of the package. Because of that solo status, freelancers are more vulnerable than people who punch the clock for someone else, which means they have to be diligent on a number of … Read More...

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Back to School Ads Make Me Nostalgic

I could have probably titled this post: Ways to Save Money On Back To School Shopping (and get more views), but that kind of stuff bores me. I'd rather talk about how seeing all the back to school ads is really making me nostalgic (and, ahem, tempted to spend) because, you know, I talk about the touchy feely side of personal finance. :) Of course I'll throw in a way you can save money too…in case that's all you're interested in…if so, proceed to the bottom of this post. :) Mackenzie from The … Read More...

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Grow Your Budget to Fit Your Life

Today I'm really excited to have a guest post from Hannah Rounds! Hannah is a wife and mom who is working towards her version of the American Dream. This dream involves shifting her focus from career to family while creating opportunities for an encore career later in life. Her goal is to help other parents forage similar paths. She writes about this journey at Unplanned Finance. Do you ever feel that if you were a more mindful person that all your financial problems would dissipate into a … Read More...

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Private Banking and You

If you were to walk into J.P. Morgan private banking locations anywhere, would you ask for a banker, or broker? Do you know the difference? This is just one of the many questions people ask as they learn more about private banking, as an alternative to commercial institutions. No one wants to pay for a service they won’t use, but the same individuals do want to expand their fortunes. So, who should you hire as a new member on your financial team? Banker or Broker A broker is the middleman … Read More...

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Financial Odd and Ends Vol. 1

I put volume one in case I get writers blog and need to do another volume someday…it's under the guise that I actually planned to do this as a series. :) The Cat & Vet Bills I'm a little out of it today because I didn't sleep well last night. My cat Pepe woke me up again with that god-awful cat barf sound. I swear it's like their little kitty voices get amplified when they puke. This is probably not cause for concern for most people, but a couple weeks ago I had to take Pepe to the … Read More...

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At the Intersection of Hustle & Simplify

My VW Rabbit pulls up to the intersection of Hustle & Simplify. The light is red for a long time. It gives me time to think... I have been feeling kind of lazy lately. My producer was out of town recently and I had little bits and pieces of work to do, but I've had ample time to daydream, catch up on some free online courses, read, listen to podcasts, etc. In fact, a lot of what I'm reading and listening to has to do with simple living and minimalism…subjects I currently feel really … Read More...