Roots of Personal Finance Member Spotlight: Natasha Grimm

Natasha Grimm is a "womentrepreneur" and loving mom to 3 four-legged fur babies she rescued. Her foray into credit card debt began when moving from Seattle to Austin, which she put on a credit card, expecting to pay it off after being reimbursed by her new job. Then two weeks after...

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Roots of Personal Finance Member Spotlight: Kylye Holly

Kylye Holly is a mom of two, with a fondness for dirt biking, mountain biking and motocross. She’s also a successful Pure Romance Consultant with a million dollar team. After prodding from her boyfriend, Justin, she signed up for our winter session of Roots of Personal Finance, which she...

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Coupon Your Way to Savings

You know we're all about saving money at Balanced Cents. Couponing is a popular topic when it comes to that. Have you ever been behind someone in the grocery checkout line who paid less than $20 for $200 worth of groceries? If so, then you know the power of couponing. 

I interviewed Alison...

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Are You Giving Your Children A Money Complex?

Think back to your childhood. How was money discussed in your household? Was it positive, negative, indifferent? Were you often told, "No, we can't afford it." when you asked for things? How did that make you feel? Did it influence how you deal with money today? How do you talk to your children...

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The Road Less Traveled

If you're reading this blog, chances are you're looking to better your finances. I want to applaud you on taking that step. It's hard to go outside the norm of debt and overspending. Your friends and family may think you're crazy—even call what you're doing weird. But don't let that phase...

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The Appealing Nature of Credit Cards

Have you ever thought about why debt is so appealing? Yes, debt. I know you're thinking, "Debt isn't appealing at all." Ah, but it is! Pay attention to the next credit card commercial you see. It most likely features a celebrity or kitschy theme that tells you how much easier life is with a...

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Meal Prep Your Way To Savings

I'm sure you've all heard of meal prepping by now. It's pretty big in the fitness community and definitely picking up steam with busy moms and professionals. 

So how does one meal prep? First, you plan your menu for the week. Next, prepare your grocery list. Then, pick a day of the...

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Debt, Don't Kill My Vibe

Do you ever think about how much more you would be able to afford and do if you didn't have debt payments to worry about? Of course you do. We all do. It feels like a never-ending merry-go-round and you're ready to get off. You only have to do one simple thing.

Stop! Stop borrowing more money....

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Saving Makes Cents

The reality that we live in is that credit trumps saving. Why wait and save up for a purchase when you can put it on a credit card and get it today? $747 billion is why. That's how much credit card debt U.S. consumers owe, according to Nerd Wallet’s 2016 American Household Credit Card...

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Budgeting... It's Sexy!

You. Need. A. Budget. This is not up for discussion. You must have a budget if you ever expect to make a difference in your finances. Budgets are for you to tell your money what to do. If you get your paycheck, spend it all and have no accounting of where it went, you need a budget.

People hear...

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