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7 Tips About Using 0% Financing from a Credit Card Marketer

I am sure most of you have come across a 0% financing offer typically when buying large ticket items such as electronics (TVs, cameras), large appliances, jewelry, mattresses, and furniture. 0% financing is also referred to as 0% promotional financing or “no interest if paid in full”. You might also come across 0% financing offers on lower ticket items because banks know they can make money. I have worked in the financial services industry for…

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Getting Closer to Paying off My $77,000 Student Loan Debt Payoff December Progress Update

Thanks to a variety of personal finance and side hustle podcasts, I have been motivated more than ever to pay off my student loan debt. In my 20s I defaulted on my student loans and I have been paying the price on that mistake ever since. I am now on pace to pay off my student loans a month ahead of my personal goal and pay it off entirely in February 2019. I have been…

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7 Reasons You Should Have a Side Hustle to Make Extra Money

Having a side hustle to make more money is a great way to achieve your financial goal. Aside from tightening your belt a bit more and squeezing every single dollar out of your income, budgeting will only take you so far. Here are 7 reasons to have a side hustle to increase income 1. Pay off debt quicker One major reason I started to take my side hustle more seriously this year is to pay…

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Pull Your Free Annual Credit Report Before the End of the Year

  This is a public service announcement and reminder to pull one of your credit reports from Experian, Transunion, or Equifax by the end of the year. The only place you should do this is by going to the official site www.annualcreditreport.com. It is Federal law that allows each of us to get a free copy of your credit report from each of the 3 credit reporting companies every 12 months. Keep in mind that…

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4 Things to Look For on Your Credit Report

As the year comes to an end, it is important to take advantage of the Federal law that allows you to pull your credit report every 12 months. The only place you should go to do this is by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com. This is the official website. The credit reports will not have an official FICO score. I recommend that you pull your credit report one at a time and spread it over the course of…

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6 Ways to Build Credit to Improve Your Credit Score

There are some financial “entertainers” who believe that building credit and building your FICO credit score is unnecessary and a waste of time. There are some who believe you need to build your credit and continue improving your credit score. I believe that you should keep an eye on your credit and build your credit so you get a 760 and above FICO credit score. Aiming for an 800+ FICO credit score is a fool’s errand…

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November 2018 Monthly Side Hustle Extra Income Report

I originally intended for this side hustle extra money report to be monthly but clearly I failed. My only one so far is from September 2018 when I made almost $1,000 in extra income. I started this blog as a personal journal because I went through some of the dumbest financial mistakes possible most notably defaulting on my $77,000 student loan debt. Along the way my hope is that this blog will encourage and inspire…

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4 Simple Money Advice I Gave to a Colleague in Their 20s

Recently I was talking to a colleague in her 20s and we started to talk about interests. I started to bring up my interests in financial independence, investing, and going on my podcast and audiobook binges related to those subjects. Throughout this conversation I realized that her financial mentality is exactly the same as it was for me when I was in my 20s. The biggest differences are she did not have the massive amount…

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My $77,000 Student Loan Debt Payoff November Progress Update

Ever since I set my student loan debt payoff goal of March 2019, I have been motivated more than ever to continue seeing my student loan debt shrink and eventually paid off. I have been paying a bit more on top of the $2,300 a month I currently pay thanks to my side hustles. Although my payoff month goal is March 2019, I am aggressively pursuing a payoff goal by the end of February 2019….

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5 Actions I Will Not Be Cheap About

I genuinely believe that if you are just starting to plan for your future whether that is early retirement or financial independence or developing a plan to get out of debt, then you need to start budgeting. I spend a minimal amount of time a month budgeting and it has helped me to know where my money was going. I noticed a pattern of spending behaviors that became acceptable to me. Here are 5 actions…

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September 2018 My First Side Hustle Monthly Income Report

I started this blog as a personal journal because I went through some of the dumbest financial mistakes possible most notably defaulting on my $77,000 student loan debt. Along the way my hope is that this blog will allow me to learn from others, share knowledge, embarrass myself by sharing my personal finance journey, encourage others, and hold myself accountable. I enjoy my full time job and have absolutely no plans to leave. I make…

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OMG Favorite Personal Finance Blog Posts of the Week Featuring Debt Experience vs Debt Knowledge, Procrastination, and Ego

For this week I rounded up the following blog posts that I enjoyed reading. OMG My Money’s favorite personal finance posts of the week (My first contribution! Thanks Michelle and Howard for letting me be part of this!) Which is better for getting out of debt, experience or knowledge by Debt.com  – click here My take – you can check out my response here or check it out in full below. I basically said knowledge first, take…

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My Simple Way of Budgeting and Budget Categories

Earlier this year (May 2018), I had a personal finance epiphany. Out of nowhere I got this urge to get a hold of my finances and start aggressively paying off my $77,000 student loan debt and further educate myself on personal finance, financial independence, and investing. During this epiphany I decided to plan how I could aggressively tackle my enormous student loan debt. The baby step moment was to start budgeting. I needed to understand…

favorite posts of the week

OMG My Favorite Personal Finance Blog Posts of the Week

For this week I rounded up the following blog posts that I enjoyed reading. OMG My Money’s favorite personal finance posts of the week How to automate your money by Let’s Automate Your Money  – click here My take – I am a big believer in automating your money. It is one or 10 less things to worry about. Why spend those brain cells remembering to pay yourself first or pay those bills when you can…

omgmymoney student loan debt payoff august 2018 update

My $77,000 Student Loan Debt Payoff Goal March 2019

Back in July (2018), I wrote a post about getting motivated to pay off my student loan debt. In that post I did not set a specific date and simply noted that I wanted to pay a little extra per month. I had a great start last month in August paying an extra $9,600 towards my student loan debt. That is on top of the $2,000 monthly payment, which makes the total amount $11,600 in…

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How to Select the Right Role Models

I read or listened to an audiobook or podcast several months ago about selecting the right role models according to Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. I took notes on my phone so these might be a bit rough. Here are the 3 points to selecting the right role models Make sure your role model shares or has better core values than yourself “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates…

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How I Am Saving Money By Working Out At Home

I have always worked out at home despite some of the companies I worked for either subsidized or basically paid for a gym membership. Perhaps it is the introvert in me, but I find comfort working out alone. I also get to multi task and work on other things during my rest period. (Honestly though I would not recommend this because you will get distracted and the workouts end up going from 45 min to…

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Kevin Hart Has One of the Best Financial Advice Stay in Your Financial Lane

I enjoy my share of stand up comedy performances. One of my favorites has been the earlier Kevin Hart stand up called “Laugh at My Pain”. He has a bit (check out the clip below) about staying in your financial lane. I call this one of the best pieces of financial advice. It has to do with both keeping up with the Joneses and lifestyle creep or lifestyle inflation. I was pulled out of my…

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August 2018 Post Recap

Last month (August 2018) I posted 15 total blog posts, slightly lower than the 21 blog posts in July 2018. With so many posts, I thought I would start a monthly post recap to share the most viewed. I do not think I can do a weekly recap so baby steps for now. Most viewed August 2018 posts The lamest excuses I made for not saving money – I share the 9 dumb excuses I…

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