How to Get Your Masters Without Going into More Debt

masters without going into more debt

Getting out of college debt free puts you in a huge advantage over your fellow students who will be forced to take the first job they can find so that they can start making payments on their loans. Meanwhile, you’ll be able to hold out for your dream job.

Get Your Masters Without Going into More Debt

You’ll be able to afford taking the unpaid internship that leads to the paid job opportunity. You could take a year to travel the world before starting your career. Whatever it is you dream of doing, you just have so much more opportunity when you aren’t burdened by student debt. So here are a few tips for how to finance your post graduate studies without getting into extra debt!

This post was written by a new blogger in the personal finance arena, Kostas Chiotis at Financial Blog Zone.

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How to Teach Your Kids About Money at Any Age!

Teach Your Kids About Money

Many people go through life and don’t have the opportunity to learn about the importance of money and financial wellness. If you want to teach your kids about money but don’t know where to start, this guide breakdown by age may help!

This post has been written by our regular contributor, Kimberly Studdard.

Ages 2-3

While kids this age don’t understand the value of money just yet, there are a few easy ways to introduce them to the concept. The first way would be to start saving with them, and talk to them about their coins and dollars! You can buy a simple piggy bank, or even use an old jar. Every time you put a few coins or dollars in, identify them with your toddler.

To take things a little further, you can also have your toddlers trace their coins or play the matching game. While these won’t . . . → Read More: How to Teach Your Kids About Money at Any Age!

7 Ways Debt Can Make You Sick (Literally)

debt can make you sick

It’s easy to think that physical health is only affected by the obvious things; fall over and you might break a bone or pull a muscle, forget to wash your hands and along comes an upset stomach – but the truth is your body is extremely complex, seemingly unrelated events can cause illnesses that you might not expect or foresee.

Living with debt can be a huge strain on a person’s mental well-being – but not everybody recognizes the links between money problems and physical ill-health. “I’ve had a stressful day” has likely come out of most people mouths at some point – but debt can pile that stress on every day – and when stress is present in a person’s life for any amount of time, it can have profound effects on that person’s health so it’s important that you seek debt help & advice as soon as . . . → Read More: 7 Ways Debt Can Make You Sick (Literally)

How We Survive (and Thrive) on Just One Income (and How You Can Too!!)

Just One Income

I knew we lived simply, but how in the heck do we survive on just 1/3 of our income with my wife being a stay-at-home mom?

Do I earn a six-figure salary at my day job?

Nope.

Well then we must be living in an RV in my parents’ driveway, right?

Ummm, not even close.

How We Survive (and Thrive) on Just One Income

Liz and I live in a 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home in a fantastic area of town. We go out to eat almost every weekend and give 10% of our income away to our favorite charities. For the most part we’re pretty normal, so how is it that we only need 33% of our one income to survive?

There are FOUR main reasons.

1) We Paid Off Our Mortgage

My last relationship failed and like most, the majority of our fights circled around the topic of . . . → Read More: How We Survive (and Thrive) on Just One Income (and How You Can Too!!)

What Is Fundrise? And Should You Invest Your Money Here?

Invest in Fundrise

You’ve probably seen all the overly-appealing ads at this point, either through Facebook or on TV. Fundrise is a company that invests in real estate projects and earns interest on their loans to developers – often at a rate of 10%-12%.

Here’s where the message gets good for regular schmoes like you and me…

Do you know where Fundrise gets their money from for their investment projects? From the general public who wishes to invest as little as $1,000 in the project. Essentially, Fundrise is a mutual fund company for real estate ventures and cuts out a bunch of middle men in the process.

Sounds pretty good right?

At first glance, yes….but should you invest in Fundrise?

Your Investment in Fundrise

There are loads of personal finance bloggers that absolutely love Fundrise. In my opinion though, it’s only because they’ve got a carrot dangling in front of their face — . . . → Read More: What Is Fundrise? And Should You Invest Your Money Here?

How to Save Cash as a New Homeowner

pay off your mortgage early

Purchasing one’s own house is big stride into a life of freedom and self-actualization. In some cases, you will need to save for quite a long period of time before you can afford to buy a decent house for yourself and your family if you have one. In most cases however, you will need to get a mortgage loan that you will repay for quite a long period of time before you can finally claim full ownership of your new home.

With the monthly mortgage repayments already inflating your monthly expenses, it is therefore prudent to take measures to ensure you reduce any other costs related to your new home.

Managing your repairs and maintenance prudently

Your new home will always look superb with beautiful furnishings and decorations all over. However, over time, the home will be subjected to wear and tear due to natural aging processes as well . . . → Read More: How to Save Cash as a New Homeowner

The Average Debt Load in America is $100,000 – How Do You Compare?

average debt load in America

The goal of this site is to prompt you to be weird beyond belief. And by that I mean wealthy. The average American is broke. Actually, the average American is worse than broke, they’re $100,000 in debt. According to Nerdwallet, debt is on the rise again:

The average credit card debt is $6,184. On top of this, add car loans, student loans, and mortgage debt to the mix and the average debt load in America is $99,835.73.

For some of you, this might actually seem low. Your mortgage debt alone probably totals more than $100,000. And if that’s the case, you’re worse than the average.

The Average Road

At one point in my life, I was $18,000 in student loan debt, a few thousand bucks in credit card debt, and I had a mortgage of $70,000. I was pretty much average according to the charts above.

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5 Cheap DIY Projects to Make Your Home Look Incredible

5 Cheap DIY Projects

When it comes to home improvement – even do-it-yourself home improvements – the first word that comes to mind is “expensive.” However, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are home improvement projects that you can do for almost nothing. Here are the top five cheap DIY projects that you can do to make your home look incredible.

5 Cheap DIY Projects to Improve Your Home

The following is a guest post by Vera – a blogger trying to lead a frugal (but not frustrating) lifestyle. She is also an avid food enthusiast who loves everything about cooking and modern appliances that make the job easy. You can find her at Frugal Frogs. Enjoy!

Project One: Painting

The average-sized three bedrooms, two bath home will require a maximum of 20 gallons of paint to cover. It could even be less, which is why you should buy paint one room . . . → Read More: 5 Cheap DIY Projects to Make Your Home Look Incredible

Two Ways to Keep Your Emotions in Check While Managing Money

keep your emotions in check while managing money

When I first started learning about managing money, I was an emotional mess. I’d just graduated from college, had gone six months without a job and saw no real recourse for getting my finances in order.

The good news is I used this as motivation to start teaching myself about personal finance. The way I saw it, I didn’t have a choice but to get it together in the managing money department.

I’ve now been on this journey for almost seven years, and what I’ve learned is this: The key to managing money is to keep your emotions out of it. Here are some of the tools and practices I use in order to keep my emotions in check when I’m managing money.

This post was written by Amanda Abella, a fantastic writer and speaker of personal finance.

I don’t check my investments everyday.

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Getting Rich with the Lottery – It’s Just Not Happening

Getting Rich With the Lottery

The odds of winning the Powerball are 1 in 292 million. That means that if you bought 10 tickets every single week, it would still take you 562,000 years to win the jackpot. Did you catch that? 562…thousand…years.

Whoa.

Let’s face it…it’s just not going to happen.

People are aware of the odds, and they know that they probably won’t win in a million years (funny, this phrase can finally be used literally!), so why do they still play? What makes them think that this is a good idea for them? And what might be a better alternative?

Getting Rich With the Lottery – It’s Just Not Happening

According to the recent Wired magazine article, “The Psychology of Lotteries“, people buy lottery tickets for two main reasons:

It gives them a cheap high – and a chance at becoming a millionaire They lost all hope of becoming rich any other . . . → Read More: Getting Rich with the Lottery – It’s Just Not Happening