Kendrick Lamar Gets a Thumbs Up!

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar, a famous American rapper and songwriter, gifted his sister a car for her high school graduation this summer.

The problem? Well, there isn’t one (in my opinion).

He bought a brand new Toyota Camry for his little sister.

And, he deserves a thumbs up. Continue reading “Kendrick Lamar Gets a Thumbs Up!”

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The DASH Diet Didn’t Work

The Dreaded DASH diet

 

When I was first diagnosed at the age of 29 with hypertension (high blood pressure), my doctor prescribed the DASH diet (and lisinopril once a day).

I started working hard on controlling my blood pressure through diet changes and increasing my activity.

I first started trying to eliminate as much salt and sodium from my diet as possible. This is the first thing health care professionals, even me (as a cardiac nurse), tell people to do.

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Part 1: What My Parent’s Divorce Taught Me About Money

One doesn’t generally associate divorce with great personal finance education.

Most children of divorced parents might argue that divorce is a terrible, emotionally unpleasant time—particularly where money is concerned. And, it is.

While I agree that it usually is a miserable time, both emotionally and financially, I have to credit my parents’ divorce with some of the most important financial lessons of my life, and for making me the financially responsible adult I am today. Continue reading “Part 1: What My Parent’s Divorce Taught Me About Money”

Yet Another Betterment Review: Because I Love Them

My Betterment Review

 

I know that by now the personal finance sector of the web is saturated with reviews for Betterment: so I just had to write my own!

I have been using Betterment for almost 16 months at this point. I have a toal of 3 accounts with them: a Roth IRA, a Traditional IRA and a taxable account.

Before deciding to invest with Betterment, I spent some time researching the growing number of robo-investing platforms, including Personal Capital and Wealthfront. Even larger investment firms like Vanguard and Charles Schwab have started to add their own robo-investing type services to compete with the exceptional and popular platform Betterment has almost perfected. Continue reading “Yet Another Betterment Review: Because I Love Them”

Take Control of Your Finances by Taking Control of Your Health

High Blood Pressure

 

I am 30 years old and I was diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension) at the age of 29.

 

I was beyond shocked shock when I was diagnosed. I thought I was too young to develop a chronic medical condition.

 

I thought I was healthy. I thought I was eating healthy. I thought I was active and physically fit. I have never been overweight – my BMI is 21.

 

Yet, I still developed hypertension.

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I am a Millennial, and I have High Blood Pressure

I have High Blood Pressure

I am 30 years old. and I was diagnosed with high blood pressure (hypertension) at the age of 29.

To say I was in shock when I was diagnosed would be an understatement.

I thought I was healthy overall. Eating healthy, staying active and fit.

I have never been overweight – my BMI is 21. I am active on my days off: I do yoga, Irish-step dancing (don’t argue with me, this is a sport) and go hiking in the mountains. Continue reading “I am a Millennial, and I have High Blood Pressure”

Destroying Your Student Loans with SoFi

Student loans can severely limit your ability to save money and build wealth during your younger adult years. Trust me, I know. I had $35,000 in student loan debt when I graduated from college with my BSN. Instead of trying to just manage my loan debt, I decided to destroy it and get rid of it as fast as possible.

I paid off my student loans in only 25 months! Continue reading “Destroying Your Student Loans with SoFi”

Re: Millennials to Millionaire: Get Real – I Have Never Even Had Avocado Toast

A millionaire falsely argues that millennials aren’t buying homes because they’re financially irresponsible.

via Millennial to Millionaire: Stop Blaming Avocado Toast for Why We’re Not Buying Houses — Longreads

Avocado Toast

Mike Dang puts it all into perspective the best! See link above. But, I need to rant a little too!

Has everybody read the original article “Millionaire to Millennials: Stop Buying Avocado Toast If You Want to Buy a Home?”

It’s crazy, isn’t it?

To assume millennials are too lazy to work hard and make enough money to buy houses. And, of course, we are also too lazy to prepare toast and avocados, that we are willing to pay $19 for it!!!

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Financial Pitfalls: 32 Bad, Worse and Worst Money Mistakes and Blunders

32 bad, worse and worst money mistakes
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I came across this article recently on Forbes about “Suze Orman’s Top Five Money Mistakes You Can’t Afford To Make“. It got me thinking…why only 5? There’s a lot more mistakes one could make.

There are sooooo many mistakes and blunders one could make with their money that could have long-lasting, negative effects… sometimes irreparable.

Mistakes can be very easy to make, especially when we are not taught good personal finance in school, or anywhere. I admit to making money mistakes.

So, as a sort of follow-up to my top 5 money mistakes post, I wanted to compile a somewhat complete list of bad, worse and worst money mistakes anyone (not just young adults) could make. I feel like to understand how to make good, smart money decisions, you should know what could possibly be financially bad and devastating decisions.

I came up with these 32 easily, but I am sure this is not a complete list! Please feel free to chime in below and add to it!

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Ready to be a First Time Home Buyer? Here’s What You Need to Know

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First Time Home Buyer

If you’re finally ready to make probably the biggest financial move of your adult life and buy a home, then CONGRATULATIONS!

This is one the most exciting (and scary) adventures of being an adult.

Start here to help you along the way and make sure your finances are in-line and where you need them to be. Start your journey with these seven important steps:

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