Finance

Is Financial Literacy REALLY Going to Save Us All?

Financial literacy is a great idea. The reality, though, is that it’s probably not enough. In fact, the people who supposedly “need” it are probably better at money than you think. Ah, April. I wouldn’t be a “good” personal finance blogger if I didn’t write about financial literacy during Financial Literacy Month. We’re in the middle …

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The Power of Money Mediocrity — Celebrate Financial Progress

It’s so easy to get caught up in big monthly income numbers or aggressive debt reduction. But, really, we should start by looking at financial progress — and celebrating our money mediocrity. My money journey is one of startling mediocrity. I didn’t pay off an astounding amount of debt in a short time. My income’s …

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How I Botched My Debt Consolidation, Destroyed My Credit and Was Sued by a Bank

We all make money mistakes. Even “nationally recognized financial experts.” Gather round, children, and let me tell you the story of my botched debt consolidation. It’s no secret that, when my ex and I divorced more than four years ago, we had some debt. I had just nailed down a big contract, so I used …

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5 Money Lessons My Son Learned from Our Latest Car-Buying Adventure

When you think of teaching money lessons for teens, you probably don’t think of dragging them through the car-buying process. But that’s exactly what I did. I’m not talking about taking The Boy down to the car dealer and showing him how to negotiate. We did that with the first car we got him. No, …

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