Traveling this Summer? How to Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees (or try to)

Get Ahead of the Fee GameOK, why the big, wallet wallop on foreign transaction fees? I understand there is a cost associated with exchange rate conversion, but does it really cost $2.50 or more to conduct transactions from a foreign ATM? I think not. Here we are, living in the age of increased access toContinue reading “Traveling this Summer? How to Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees (or try to)”

Here, Take a Swig of This

At that moment, I was here, “Wow, can I screw up this parenting thing any more?” Out of the blue, (well, not entirely out of the blue) I get a text from an old friend who was reflecting back to a thing that happened years ago. She said, “I’ll never forget,” [that I said], “takeContinue reading “Here, Take a Swig of This”

Yeah, Ally! Thanks

I woke up to a notification that my online savings bank, Ally, increased their APY (Annual Percentage Yield) from 1.8% to 2.0%. Ya’ll, that’s good for a savings account.  One key action to achieving financial independence is an emergency fund. If you are anything like me, you have a back up credit card sitting inContinue reading “Yeah, Ally! Thanks”

Marrying Myself

November 15, 2018 (maybe the 16th…it’s late or early) “You complete me” are three powerful words that countless people hang their hopes on. And it couldn’t be more off-base in regards to relationship/partnership. Nothing external will make me whole or complete. No partner, no marriage, no work and no material things. It took me decadesContinue reading “Marrying Myself”

In-Between

The “In-Between” ~ An Explanation of how so many people ages 38-55 don’t have enough money saved for retirement Baby Boomer  <HERE IS WHERE WE ARE> Millennial I’m not a baby boomer with a defined, livable pension fund and I’m not a millennial forced to become close friends with “necessity is the mother of invention”Continue reading “In-Between”

Better off than I thought

November 13, 2018 Jees, after researching the percentage of women who are financially devastated after divorce and shuffling through some case studies, I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’m not doing so bad after all. According to a report by a group of sociologists from Bowling Green, “27% of divorced, older women live in poverty,Continue reading “Better off than I thought”

Shades of Eat, Pray, Love

November 12, 2018 Today, I feel like Elizabeth Gilbert in the novel, “Eat, Pray, Love”  and I’m about to embark on an exciting, new life chapter. If you haven’t read “Eat, Pray, Love” then perhaps open a new tab and quickly wiki  to catch up with me or be a maverick and roll with contextContinue reading “Shades of Eat, Pray, Love”

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