Spent: Looking For Change – a Critical Look at US Banking System

“We all want to get the most out of life.  Great family, an education, a business, a home.  But for a growing number of Americans, the price of getting ahead is higher because of a financial system that leaves millions underserved.” This is the beginning of the new (short) movie…

My Everyday and Ordinary Credit Card Rewards Victory

Some people use credit card rewards to pay for awesome vacations that they could not otherwise afford – and that’s fantastic.  Truth be told, I’m a bit jealous.   Why?   Because my credit card reward victories, while they seem awesome to me  - are ordinary.  I don’t use them…

Yakezie Challenge Update 8/6/14

I started the Yakezie Challenge 4/30/2014 with these stats: Global: 596,199 US: 110,637 My July Goals: Global: Break 75,000 US: Break 12,000 Aaaannd, here are my stats as of 8/5/14 Global: 79,305 US: 12,884 I was right, it does get harder the better your rank gets better!  I didn’t hit my goals for the first time since starting the…

Jen Glantz of Bridesmaid for Hire and thethingsilearnedfrom.com Interviewed me….

Hey guys, you know that Craiglist post that went viral a couple of years ago: Bridesmaid for Hire?  Well Jen Glantz, writer and bridesmaid extroardenaire interviewed me last night! Once I entered my 20′s, two new terms crept into my vocabulary: 401k and Roth IRA. With every paycheck that enters my hands, I…

Why You Should Not Trust Mortgage Pre Approval

When Buying a Home, Mortgage Pre Approval is Not a Blank Slate We’ve talked about what mortgage pre-approval is, and why you should get pre-approved, but I also want to address why you should NOT trust mortgage pre approval the bank gives you. What number shouldn’t you trust? On your pre-approval…