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6 Must Read Personal Finance Books

6 Must Read Personal Finance Books As I am now in my young 30’s, I have increased my personal drive for more education, more knowledge, and an extensive list of books I’ve just gotta get my hands on! I dove right into the deep end of personal finance and haven’t left! Over the course of the last 3 years, I’ve read several personal finance books and the only problem is with any of them is, I wish I would have …

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8 Money Moves I Made to Level Up to my Husband

8 Money Moves I Made to Level Up to my Husband I’m tired of living in a world where money, politics, and companies are ran by men! Not hating on any of them, but ladies it’s time we level up and take a stand! When I met my husband, he already had his 401K poppin’ and his savings account increasing!  He already knew the idea of living below your means in a modest home.  His home wasn’t flashy, but nothing …

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9 Things We’ve Done to Love Our Home!

9 Things We’ve Done to Love Our Home Finally, I feel like I come home to a space I love every single day and am proud to call home.  (Renters here, but home to us)  This comes after 3 homes together as a couple and my 5th space since moving out of my parents.  So you could say, it takes time and really discovering what you love and want in a home! And money hasn’t hurt the situation, because transparency. …

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Money Management When You’re Married

Money Management When You’re Married When two people become one… Or do they? Many people, and a lot of financial gurus, believe once married, or dating for even a significant amount of time, the only option is to combine finances.  I am here today to report that that simply just doesn’t have to be the case! After awhile of dating and/or (hopefully) before marriage, finances eventually get brought up one way or the other in relationships.   For us, it …

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Why I Stay at a Job I Don’t Love

Why I Stay at a Job I Don’t Love Trust me, I’m all about living a life you love! That’s what Free As  A Weed breeds.  Creating a life you love, not a life you have to live! With that being said, I continue to work at a job I’m not at all passionate about. The Money Factor Why do I stay?  Well, for starters it’s the most money I’ve ever made in my career.  In the Financially Independent Community, …

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What Free As A Weed Means to Me

What Free As A Weed Means to Me As I enter the world of personal finance and the debt free community I find my blog title and Instagram handle free.as.a.weed name not so money related, like many others, and sometimes hard to relate to! I’d like to take this as an opportunity to explain what Free As A Weed means to me.  It’s more than financial freedom! Financial Independence is of course the ultimate goal, but as many of us …

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How I Doubled My Salary in 4 Years!

How I Doubled My Salary in 4 Years Okay okay, I wish I was reporting that I doubled it from 50K to 100K being able to claim I’m a 6 figure income earner, but right now that is not the case.  But, I have worked to increase my salary from 28K a year to 55K currently in just a few short years, and that is still something to cheer about! And plus, just because you earn 6 figures doesn’t mean …

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How I Saved Money On My Car Insurance

How I Saved Money On My Car Insurance When choosing to go down this financial savvy lifestyle, if you will, I started looking at where I could cut costs.  Of course that first started with shopping, the occasional pedicure, and drinks out.  Then I started to dive deeper into what bills I could potentially shrink down. For whatever reason I was always instilled that State Farm is the best agency to go with when it comes to insurance.   Dad …

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Basic Financial Terms You Should Know

Basic Financial Terms You Should Know As someone who is changing my financial path drastically, I have come across a significant amount of basic financial terms that I think everyone should know. My Not So Stellar Past Financial Experience I used to have a job working as a Legal Assistant to a Social Security Disability Attorney.  The pay wasn’t high, but he would occasionally slip us some extra money when we were leaving for a vacation or at the holidays.  …

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How to Start a Budget (without depriving yourself!)

Budgeting 101: It’s all about a mindset.  Honestly, you’ve got to completely shift your thinking and determine what’s important in your life! The way I shifted my mindset is by listening to a plethora of podcasts and reading personal finance books.  Knowledge is power.  I didn’t even know I would ever be in to personal finance, and well, here I am. To begin, I would start by tracking your spending, especially if you already know you are living outside of …