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An Innovative New Way to Purchase Items Online & Build Credit Without Using a Credit Card

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Affirm, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine. With credit card debt reaching historical highs, some debt experts are encouraging consumers to ditch the credit cards and just use cash. Credit card debt can be a vicious thing. Interest rates often run very high and

Top 9 Tips for Saving Money at Disney World

A lot of families consider traveling to be too expensive for them. Mention the words “Disney World,” and most scoff at the idea of ever being able to take their family there. It isn’t going to be cheap, but planning and budgeting for such a vacation can make it attainable! Besides booking with my friends

How To Tackle ‘Debt Stress’: 5 Top Tips

Having out-of-control debt is a source of major stress and worry for many. Debt can start small and manageable, but often continues to escalate if not handled properly. Dealing properly with debt stress is important. Try the following: 1. Assess the scale of your debts. Part of the problem for many is not knowing precisely the extent

5 Tips to Help You Stay Digitally Connected Without Draining Your Budget

In the age of technology, electronics are a necessity. Devices like smart TV’s, computers, and music players and Bluetooth have become a part of everyday life. With new products coming out daily, keeping up with the latest trends can become an expensive habit. The truth is, you don’t have to go broke buying electronics. Take

Entrepreneurialism and the American Dream Showcased at Ignite Retreat + Weekend Getaway Giveaway

In the midst of my stressful home remodel, I got to have a weekend away with women who I greatly admire and respect. I attended Ignite Retreat. It was such a needed reprieve for me! I was so impressed with every single person I met the entire weekend. It was like the American Dream was on showcase for me to

Free Financial Boot Camp for New Parents

Babies are the sweetest things, but they are expensive! The average baby costs over $15,000.00 in their first year. Diapers, clothing, formula (if you formula feed), gear, food, supplies, etc., all add up. When I was at about 6 months pregnant with my first, I had to go from full-time to part-time work due to health issues.

23 Must-Read Tips on Preparing Your Home for Its Sale

I was getting ready to sale my home. Life circumstances changed, but I had it on the market for four days and received 2 good and one excellent offers. So the following steps did work! I’ve taken multiple real estate courses. I’ve also been doing a lot of research and asking trusted experts for tips on preparing

11 Ways to Save and Make Money When Shopping Online

Shopping online is extremely convenient and usually not only saves me time, it also saves me money. Here are 11 things that I usually always do to save and make money when shopping online… 1- Use a cash back rebate website. A new one that I’ve been really impressed with is called Splender. Splender allows you to

Helpful Ways to Protect Yourself Against Credit Card Fraud

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Credit card fraud seems like it is rampant these days. It is wise to protect yourself from fraud in any way you can. I’ve had quite a few fraudulent charges on my cards throughout the years.

Garage Sale Haul 3

My daughter just hit a growth spurt and grew out of her 18 month clothes. I was looking online for garage sales that were selling girl clothes and came across this one. When I arrived, I found that they were selling high-quality girl clothes for .25-.50 cents each!!! This is one of the BEST deals

Advice from My Mom: Practical Ways to Teach Your Children to Control Money

My mother has always been a great example of fiscal responsibility. She would often say, “Anita, control your money, don’t allow it to control you.” It reminds me a lot of the famous quote penned by P.T. Barnum, “Money is a terrible master, but an excellent servant.” My mom taught me by example this principle

How to Create a Streamlined Nighttime Routine

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EveryoneSleeps #CollectiveBias Our nighttime routine is pretty simple and streamlined. I understand the evening is not always when my kids and I have a ton of energy, so I try to make going to bed a positive and fun experience. Here’s

26 Energy Saving Tips

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IGS Energy for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Energy is a big expense. When I say energy, I’m referring to power/electric and gas. These bills can be very high if you own a home in a less temperate area. It makes sense to

Garage Sale Haul 2

One Saturday morning, I was scanning the local classifieds for promising garage sales to attend. I use strategy when searching out yard sales. I found two amazing ones in the same neighborhood. I was super excited to find all the stuff listed below and ultimately saved over $1,375.00! (Note: I will mention a lot of brand and

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