Love is Not a Competition

At the start of the year, my boyfriend proposed an idea to save some extra fun money. Each time either of receive a $5 bill, we drop it into a glass mason jar. Less than three months in, we've collected over $500. Out of one hundred $5 bills, I've contributed approximately five. Each evening, we... Continue Reading →

Savings, Inflation, and Debt Serfdom

I always cringe when I hear my friends say that they will start saving for retirement when they make more money. I don't know about you, but my expenses seem to continually increase in proportion to my income. There will always be car repairs, wedding gifts, expensive medical tests, flooded toilets, and nifty gadgets. We... Continue Reading →

Self-Reliance and Financial Freedom

When I was four years old, my parents bought me a clear plastic, house-shaped box. The box was divided into three parts and adorned with various stickers, including some words I couldn't yet read. The long, skinny box was my childhood piggy bank. When I found a penny on the ground at my preschool, I... Continue Reading →

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