Category Archives: Money + Finances

Does Money Make You Crazy? The Money Toolbox [Review]

Want money? Money advice often boils down to some basic tenets: spend less than you make, or conversely, make more than you spend. Increase your earnings, then maximize your returns. Sounds simple—in theory. But the difficulty lies in the application. How do you actually do it so that it changes? What do you do whenRead the article

Are you letting the numbers deflate you?

The thing about numbers is, we give them far too much power to make us feel bad. “Only” have 100 people reading your blog? That’s like speaking to a jam-packed coffee shop or on stage at a live speaking event. Alexandra Franzen reframes the expectations we have around blogging (and online writing) and I thinkRead the article

Making Money as a Creative Entrepreneur: How I Make Money, Where I Spend My Time, and What I’ve Learned From Launching My Own Ventures

When I was four weeks old, my mother and father took our then-family-of-four from Germany to Idaho Falls, little baby and tiny toddler in tow. We were standing around in the living room, as my mother recalls (to be be fair, I can’t recall and I certainly wasn’t standing—more likely drooling), talking about the insaneRead the article

Business Is Not A Dirty Word: And 15 Other Important Definitions

The words “business,” “sales,” and “marketing” sometimes get a bad reputation. All of a sudden it seems off-putting if you look for sales or you talk about strategy. Sometimes I just say the word “strategy” and people’s eyes glaze over – like it’s boring. The common response goes something like this: Blogging should be about yourRead the article

$10 for a Financial Wizard – Buy this book. (And Other Money Lessons From Ramit Sethi)

I get a lot of questions for people about money, finance, spending, saving, etc. I occasionally write posts on ways to save money, what it means to save for retirement, financing a car (for which I went through my own blunders) and setting up emergency savings plans. I write these from experience – and IRead the article

The Pitfalls and Costs of Car Ownership (And I Need Your Advice!) Should I Sell My Car?

Car-free or car-stuck? I have an important question that I’d love people to weigh in on: Should I sell my car? Logically, the question seems to have a very simple answer: yes. I keep writing lists and outlining the reasons why I should sell my car (and why I shouldn’t) and the balance seems toRead the article

Saving for retirement is sexy.

Do you speak retirement? Most people don’t. Personally, I like to sit around a campfire and talk about compound interest and exchange rates, but I sometimes get distracted by the chocolatey-smores and marshmallows – Oh wait. Perhaps that’s just me? Retirement is something you probably don’t want to think about or talk about. It’s kindRead the article

Budget sense: how much money does food cost me?

So you’ve graduated from college and you’re (hopefully) not living at your parents house anymore.  You have a job, and even though it’s not THE job that you eventually want, you’re on track to start making your way up the ladder and working towards the career you want to have. Your days have changed aRead the article