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When you pay off debt, you open up options for yourself. You improve your cash flow, so you can stop living from paycheck to paycheck; you free up money so that you can buy the things you need and want to live a more productive and engaged life; and you put yourself in a position to save more money for a more comfortable retirement.
When I was a little girl, my mother often took me to see a woman named Maisie. She was an older, Native American woman—hunched from age, one tooth remaining in an otherwise empty mouth. Wise and thoughtful, Maisie became a quick friend and when she died a year or so after I met her, I was heartbroken. She was the first major death in my life.
I am a passionate person, so I often have to rein in my emotions when making important decisions like buying a house. But you don’t have to be an overly intense person for your decisions to be influenced by emotion. In fact, it has long been known that emotions are the primary drivers behind human decision-making. Though our emotions can help us make quicker decisions based on past experiences, they can also get in the way of good decision-making by allowing us to sidestep our more analytic nature.
I’m a thrifty type, but I recently came down with a case of travel fever. It started two years ago with a trip to Barcelona and has spread to frequent small excursions in the states and Canada and a whirlwind weekend trip to Iceland. Being relatively low on cash, I have quickly discovered some great ways to save abroad, up north, and on US soil. I like knowing how to travel cheap and if you’re reading this, I suspect you do too, so here are five tips to help you get where you want to go at minimum cost.
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Listen Here: Suggestions to lift your spirits during the cold months Winter blues can take a toll on your finances as you pay more for repeat visits to the doctor's or psychologist's office and/or lose income due to sick days or extra mental health days. If you find it tough surviving winter, you’re not alone and you have options. Here are some tips to help you survive the cold, dark season.