Count Your Pennies: Countdown to Holidays 2014
Sep26

Count Your Pennies: Countdown to Holidays 2014

  The winter holidays are my favorite time of year.  Between family gatherings, holiday parties, apple cider, and my birthday, October -December is a joyous time.  It is also one of the most expensive times of the year for many people because of travel and gift giving.  Since I have been living away from my home base for about 8 years I refined my holiday finance planning and organizing.  These tips will not only bring you peace...

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Count Your Pennies: What to Do with the Bonus Check
Jul11

Count Your Pennies: What to Do with the Bonus Check

We all love that time of the year when bonus checks are deposited into personal bank accounts.  It is very easy to see those extra zeros in and go on some crazy shopping spree.  But remember, we are financially savvy.  Here are some tips to help you organize your bonus check. (We will be using a $10,000 bonus as an example) Congratulations!  You did a great job in your role this year and you will be receiving a $10,000 bonus check in...

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Count Your Pennies: Keepin’ Up with The Joneses
Jul04

Count Your Pennies: Keepin’ Up with The Joneses

Social Media is one of the most powerful tools in our world today.  However, it can also be the most emotionally overwhelming tool that you will ever interact with.  I have found that more people, especially young professionals, are working hard to “keep up with the Joneses” now that they can receive daily updates of their friends personal lives and purchases.  It is imperative that we save our coins today so we can go crazy in our...

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Count Your Pennies: Research Studies
Jun20

Count Your Pennies: Research Studies

One of the easiest ways to get quick cash is to participate in research studies in your area.  Many research labs post upcoming studies to  the ETC section of your city’s craigslist page. If you fit the initial criteria (race, age, gender, profession, etc), fill out the questionnaire.  You will not be chosen for every questionnaire that you fill out.  But taking 5-10 minutes out of your day could get you $150 or more instantly....

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Quick Trips
Jun06

Quick Trips

I love to travel!  But I am not in the tax bracket to  just pack and go whenever and wherever. Not to mention, most employers give you a set number of days for vacation a year. Usually, half those days are taken for holiday break. So what to do? How does a travel lover get the vacation time and the money to explore multiple cities each year? My answer = Summer Quick Trips!  Summer quick trips allow you to visit different places and...

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Real Pay vs Salary
May30

Real Pay vs Salary

I was so excited when I received my offer letter for my first job.  I saw more zeros in the salary category than I could imagine.  But here is the catch: Just because your offer letter says you are going to make X amount of money, does not mean you are going to take home X amount of money.  Once you take out taxes, health insurance, and 401k, you are left with the scraps.  Make sure to always calculate how much money you bring in each...

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